2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Animation

Here is a list of the few animations I believe that will make the top lists of Best Animation at the Oscars this year: Of course there is room for development.

Finding Dory (Pixar/Disney)
The film premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on June 8, 2016, and was released in the United States on June 17, 2016. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide, becoming the second Pixar film to cross this mark following Toy Story 3 (2010). The film set numerous records, including the biggest animated opening of all time in North America, emerging as the biggest animated film of all time in the U.S. and has become the biggest Pixar film release in China.

One year after reuniting Nemo with his father, Marlin, Dory has become a helping hand in raising Nemo. One day during a lesson with Nemo’s class, Dory recalls through a childhood flashback that she has a family. She decides to look for them but finds her short-term memory loss to be an obstacle. The only thing she remembers is that they lived at the Jewel of Morro Bay.

Kimi no Na wa / Your name (Funimation)
Kimi no Na Wa has now surpassed Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo anime film, as well as James Cameron’s Avatar film. The only anime films to earn more are Ghibli and Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke . Kimi no Na Wa will be released by Funimation before 2017 to qualify for an Oscar. Your Name will run at Los Angeles’ Laemmle Music Hall for one week, Dec. 2 to 9, qualifying it for the 2016 Oscars. A film must run for a week in LA county in order to qualify. A wider theatrical release is planned for the first quarter of 2017.

The film, themed around “miracles and love,” follows the story of high school students Mitsuha and Taki. In dreams, they swap bodies. While a love story, Kimi no Na Wa features several more layers of complexity as the two protagonists search for the secret to their dream swapping. The story reportedly takes inspiration from Torikaebaya Monogatari, a 12th-century tale where two siblings display the mannerisms of the opposite sex.


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The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The Secret Life of Pets is an upcoming 2016 American 3D computer animated comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. Illumination Entertainment is an American animation film production company based in Santa Monica, California. The company is best known for its first animated feature film, Despicable Me. The film, The Secret Life of Pets will be directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch, Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. The film is edited by Alexander Berner and will be distributed by Universal Pictures.  On April 16, 2015, the film was pushed back from its original release date of February 12, 2016, to July 8, 2016.
Secret-Life-of-Pets-posterThe plot of the movie consists of taking place in a Manhattan apartment building. Max’s life as a favorite pet is turned upside down when his owner Katie brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white rabbit named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happily-owned pets and their owners. The film stars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Albert Brooks, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper and Steve Coogan.

Annie Awards Countdown

The 42nd Annie Awards will be broadcast live in 17 days! The Annie Awards also known as the animation awards will take place January 31, 2015. Honoring excellence in the field of animation,36 categories will be presented, including best animated feature, television production(s), television commercial, short subject, video game and student film, as well as the achievement and honorary awards. There will be links displayed below for the live feed at 7:00 pm, nominees and event information. For news and updates before and during the show I will also post the Annie Awards twitter page.
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1. Watch the Annie Awards Live
2. Annie Award Nominees

3. Annie Awards Twitter
4. Event Info

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