Oscar Handicap 2009: Animated Features

FilmJerk.com continues 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.)

With only seven years of awards being handed out, there is not a great amount of statistical data to break down, but what data there is appears to point to a possible upset.

The Breakdowns

1) Winners of the Annie Awards (the International Animated Film Society’s highest honor) have gone on to win the Oscar 6 of 7 times (85.71%) since the Best Animated Feature category was introduced at the Academy Awards in 2001. Advantage: King Fu Panda

2) The nominee with at least three major pre-award wins between BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics, LA Film Critics, National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle, have won 6 of the 7 awards (85.71%). Advantage: WALL-E

3) Computer animated films have won 5 of 7 (71.43%). Advantage: All nominees

4) Films released before October 1st have won 4 of 7 (57.14%). “Advantage”: Kung Fu Panda, WALL-E

5) The film with the highest gross has won 4 of 7 (57.14%). “Advantage”: WALL-E

6) Winners in this category were also nominated in at least one other category 4 of 7 (57.14%). “Advantage”: WALL-E

7) Those who have previously won an Oscar, be it in this category or in the Animated Short Subject category, have gone on to win 2 of 7 (28.57%). Disadvantage: WALL-E

By The Numbers

Many feel WALL-E was unfairly snubbed for a Best Picture nominee, yours truly included. However, Katzenberg and the boys from Glendale just might make it a race yet.

Bolt (Chris Williams and Byron Howard): -1, -2, +3, -4, -5, -6, -7 (21 of 49, 42.86%)

Kung Fu Panda (John Stevenson and Mark Osborne): +1, -2, +3, +4, -5, -6, -7 (27 of 49, 55.10%)

WALL-E (Andrew Stanton): -1, +2, +3, +4, +5, +6, +7 (26 of 49, 53.06%)

Prediction for Best Animated Feature: WALL-E

Personal choice for this category: WALL-E

All articles in this series:

Best Picture of the Year
Best Director
Best Actor and Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography
Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Feature
The Technical Categories