A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category for the 89th Academy Awards. The number of Oscar-qualifying films has risen greatly over the past few years. For instance, last year there were just 16 films submitted. But with so many films submitted to the Academy, I wonder how many of these movies have you seen? Hit the jump to see the list of 2016 Oscar-Qualifying Animated Feature Films.
2016 Oscar-Qualifying Animated Feature Films
The submitted animated features in 2016 (listed in alphabetical order):
The Angry Birds Movie
April and the Extraordinary World
Ice Age: Collision Course
Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV
Kubo and the Two Strings
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Little Prince
Long Way North
Monkey King: Hero Is Back
Mustafa & the Magician
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
The Secret Life of Pets
Now I must admit, of these films I have only seen Finding Dory, Sausage Party, The Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia. In the next couple weeks I’ll add Sing, Moana and Kubo and the Two Strings to that list, and at some point, I also plan on seeing The Red Turtle and The Little Prince — but that’s still only nine of the twenty-seven entries. How many of these animated feature films have you seen?
The category will have five nominees this year, as sixteen or more films have been submitted. According to the Academy, not all of the films have had their required Los Angeles qualifying run, but that is expected to take place before the year’s end.
Disney/Pixar has won the animated feature film category for eight of the last nine years:
2015: Inside Out – Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
2014: Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
2013: Frozen – Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
2012: Brave – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
2011: Rango – Gore Verbinski
2010: Toy Story 3 – Lee Unkrich
2009: Up – Pete Docter
2008: WALL-E – Andrew Stanton
2007: Ratatouille – Brad Bird
This has caused some in the industry to raise concerns over both the legitimacy of the category and the qualifications of those who judge the group. Animated movies are some of the most profitable films each year in Hollywood, yet reports have suggested that a lot of Academy voters often don’t find the time to watch all of the qualifying films even though they are sent screeners. This may explain how Disney and Pixar movies always get the golden statue, year after year.
This year’s animated Oscar will be interesting because there are three Disney animated films in contention: Zootopia, Moana, and Finding Dory. And films like Kubo and the Two Strings, The Little Prince and The Red Turtle have all garnered considerable critical acclaim.