Oscar Handicap 2014: Animated Feature

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.)

While the Best Animated Feature award may be the newest award in Oscar’s long history, there have been number of trends already established over the past eleven years to help spot the leaders of the pack.

The Breakdowns

1) Computer animated films have won 10 of the 12 awards given since the Best Animated Feature category was introduced in 2001 (83.33%). Advantage: The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Frozen

2) Films released before October 1st have won 9 of 12 (75%). Advantage: The Croods, Despicable Me 2

3) Winners of the Annie Awards (the International Animated Film Society’s highest honor) have gone on to win the Oscar 8 of 12 times (66.67%). Advantage: Frozen

4) The highest grossing nominee at the time of the nomination announcement has ended up winning 8 of 12 (66.67%). Advantage: Despicable Me 2

5) Previous Oscar nominees, be it in this category or any other Oscar category, have won here 7 of 12 times. Advantage: The Croods (Chris Sanders), Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud), Frozen (Chris Buck), The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki).

By The Numbers

One might think that after twelve years, Disney’s in-house animation team could finally bring home its first Academy Award, but the odds are with the Illumination Entertainment sequel

The Croods (Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson): +1, +2, -3, -4, +5 (34 of 60, 56.67%)

Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri): +1, +2, -3, +4, +5 (38 of 60, 63.33%)

Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner): -1, -2, -3, -4, -5 (18 of 60, 30%)

Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho): +1, -2, +3, -4, +5 (32 of 60, 53.33%)

The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki): -1, -2, -3, -4, +5 (20 of 60, 33.33%)

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