We’re not officially into the Oscar movie season, but there’s already chatter in the ether who will win – for Best Animated Film and the brings the odds on who is the favorite but before making a wager make sure to study and read a betonline review.
It makes sense this particular race would take center stage in the summer when a majority of animated films hit the big screen to satisfy kids young and old alike.
Leading the charge is “Toy Story 4,” which has critics and its audience on its side. The fourth and likely last installment in the Pixar franchise opened to a record global weekend with $238 million and great praise from those pesky movie reviewers.
Come on guys, it’s Woody and Buzz. How could they not like it?
If nominated in January, “Toy Story 4” is likely to see tough competition from Dreamworks “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” the possibly final look at Hiccup’s coming-of-age. In November, Disney’s “Frozen 2” also will enter the fray.
The outlier in this category is Disney’s “The Lion King,” opening mid-July, which straddles the line of live action and animation using virtual production skills to create a computer-generated movie. It definitely checks all the boxes to make it an animated film but it looks nothing like one.
There’s also the chance it won’t even be submitted as a contender in the category. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie isn’t being touted by the studio as “animation” and a similarly made movie, “The Jungle Book,” wasn’t submitted for consideration in the category in 2016. It did, however, win the Best Visual Effects Oscar, beating “Doctor Strange,” “Deepwater Horizon,” “Kubo and the Two Strings,” and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Other potential nominees: “Klaus” from Netflix, “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” from Wallace & Gromit creators, and “The Addams Family.”
The major Oscar categories are expected to be as competitive.
For Best Picture it’s a smorgasbord of drama including such contenders as (in no particular order):
“Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt set in LaLa Land about the time Charles Manson and his family were wreaking havoc
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers, everyone’s favorite guy next door.
“The Aeronauts,” from Amazon has Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones reteaming in a survivalist adventure story in a hot air balloon.
“The Laundromat,” a Steven Soderbergh political thriller from Netflix starring Meryl Steep and Gary Oldman about journalists linking political figures to tax-shelter bank accounts.
“The Farewell” has “Crazy Rich Asians” breakout Awkwafina gets attention in this story of a family keeping its matriarch in the dark about her cancer diagnosis.
“The Irishman” gets together director Martin Scorsese and a few of his besties (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci) in a film about a mob hitman who alleges to have killed Jimmy Hoffa.
“Fair and Balanced Roger Ailes gets big screen treatment after Showtime’s take down. This one stars John Lithgow as Ailes feeling the wrath of the women of Fox News (Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron).
“Ad Astra” stars Brad Pitt heading to space in search of his dad who went missing looking for extra-terrestrial life.
“Little Women” brings a strong possibility director/writer Greta Gerwig will receive her second nomination as best director in this classic favorite starring Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern
The acting categories likely will see many nominees from the above-mentioned movies with several having deafening buzz:
Best Actor – Antonio Bandaras, “Pain and Glory”; Robert De Niro, “The Irishman”; Leonardo DiCaprio and/or Brad Pitt, “Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood”; Taron Edgerton, “Rocketman”; Jonathan Pryce, “The Pope”; Pitt (again), “Ad Astra” Eddie Redmayne, “The Aeronauts”
Best Actress: Amy Adams, “The Women in the Window”; Awkwafina, “The Farewell”; Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”; Alfre Woodard, “Clemency”; Saorise Ronan, “Little Women”; Kristen Stewart, “Against All Enemies”; Natalie Portman, “Lucy in the Sky”; Julianne Moore, “Gloria Bell”; Elisabeth Moss, “Her Smell”