Post Venice/Telluride/Toronto Predictions
The Good Dinosaur
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Other Contenders - The Peanuts Movie, When Marnie Was There, Minions, Phantom Boy, Home, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Giovanni's Island, Hell and Back, The Little Prince, Zarafa, The Boy and the World, Strange Magic, Storks, Hotel Transylvania 2, Underdogs, Monster Trucks
Commentary - This one is always hard to predict early on, because it could be anywhere between 3 and 5 nominees, and a lot of that depends on if some of these films in the list are actually eligible come year's end. We know one thing though, Inside Out is going to be crazy hard to beat. Pixar has dominated this category, and usually they deserve it. It's own The Good Dinosaur could steal the spotlight later on (I am predicting it to be nominated), or maybe Shaun the Sheep Movie becomes another Wallace and Gromit. Maybe the creative mind of Charlie Kaufman wins for the festival favorite Anomalisa, or maybe GKids finally takes home gold with The Prophet. None of those potentials are out of the realm of possibility, its just that right now, no film has the power or buzz that Inside Out has. The Peanuts Movie is on a lot of folks radar, and the trailer looks interesting. But that is one of those that I will believe when I see. Despicable Me 2 got in here, which means I am probably crazy for underestimating Minions, but the reviews were mixed, and this could be a more competitive year for the category. There are a few other GKids, as well as other studio projects like When Marnie Was There (a real possibility), Zarafa, Giovanni's Island, The Little Prince, The Boy and the World, and others. Will any of these emerge as top contenders? As always, we'll have to wait and see.