Oscar Handicap 2007: Animated Features

FilmJerk.com begins its annual Oscar Handicap with the newest category to the Academy Awards, Best Animated Feature.

(For explanations as to how our scoring system works, make sure to read our first article in the series, Best Picture of the Year, linked at the bottom of this article.)

As the Best Animated Feature was only created for the 2002 Awards, there are but five years of data to shift through, although one factor seems to loom quite large…

The Breakdowns

1) Winners of the Annie Awards has gone on to win the Oscar each time since the Best Animated Feature category was introduced at the Academy Awards (100%). Advantage: Cars

2) The nominee with at least two major pre-award wins have won 3 of the 5 awards (60%). Advantage: Happy Feet

3) Computer animated films have won 3 of the 5 awards (60%). Advantage: All nominees

4) Films released before October 1st have won 3 of 5 (60%). Advantage: Cars, Monster House

5) The film with the highest gross has won 3 of 5 (60%). Advantage: Cars

By The Numbers

It looks like it could any way, but it looks like John Lasseter will have a new award to go with the two he won in 1988 (Best Animated Short) and 1995 (a Special Achievement Award for the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film).

Cars: +1, -2, +3, +4, +5 (16 of 25, 64%)

Happy Feet: -1, +2, +3, -4, -5 (10 of 25, 40%)

Monster House: -1, -2, +3, +4, -5 (10 of 25, 40%)

Find out who wins this year’s Oscars, when the Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 are presented on Sunday, February 25, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, televised live on ABC beginning at 5 PM PST/8 PM EST. A one-hour red carpet arrivals show will precede the telecast at 4 PM PST/7 PM EST.

Additional articles in this series:

Best Picture
Best Director
Best Actor and Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Score, Best Editing and Best Art Direction
Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Feature