Best Animated Feature
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises
Ernest & Celestine is the independent underdog in this field, while Hayao Miyazaki’s swan song The Wind Rises and the musical box-office powerhouse Frozen seem to be the strongest rivals. The Croods and Despicable Me 2 have popular appeal, and will fight hard to make it a real race.
Who’s out: Whoa. A Pixar-free list of nominees. That’s very unusual, given that the studio tends to not just get nominated every year, but also claim the trophy. Their entry this time was Monsters University, but the sequel clearly did not get a high grade from the Academy.
Prize Fighter Score: 4 for 5.
I had Monsters U. for a spot, but those Minions, man. Never underestimate the Minions.
I wish I had some to help me predict the final winners on March 2. Stay tuned …