Great news, ‘Lego Movie’: Pixar is benched for 2014 Oscars

With just a few months left on the 2014 Oscar calendar, Warner Brothers’ “The Lego Movie” is the early favorite to claim the Best Animated Feature prize, according to Gold Derby’s official racetrack odds. But, hey, not so fast: What about Pixar Animation Studios?

Don’t forget, Pixar has won the most Oscars for Best Animated Feature — seven — since the category was created in 2001, making it a force to be reckoned with year after year. Surely “The Lego Movie” can be stopped by whatever film Pixar has up its sleeve this year, right?

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Wrong. Pixar announced last year that it would not have a film ready to go in 2014, making this the first time since 2005 that the animation giant skipped the Oscar derby. (The next Pixar film scheduled for release is “Inside Out” in June 2015, starring the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling.)

With Pixar benched for the 2014 Oscars, the bulk of our predictors are throwing their support to the well-received “The Lego Movie.” This animated feature has the backing of 13 Experts, four Editors and most of Gold Derby’s Users, giving it first-place odds of 13/8. The current runner-up is “How to Train Your Dragon 2” with 7/2 odds, followed by “Big Hero 6” in third place with 5/1 odds, “The Boxtrolls” in fourth place with 15/2 odds and “The Book of Life” in fifth place with 20/1 odds.

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Below, let’s take a look at how each of the previous Pixar films fared at the Oscars, so you can get a true appreciation for what a Pixar-free year might mean for its animation studio rivals.

“Toy Story” (1995)
Special Achievement Award – winner
Best Original Screenplay – nominated
Best Score – nominated
Best Song (“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”) – nominated

“A Bug’s Life” (1998)
Best Score – nominated

“Toy Story 2” (1999)
Best Song (“When She Loved Me”) – nominated

“Monsters, Inc.” (2001)
Best Song (“If I Didn’t Have You”) – winner
Best Animated Feature – nominated
Best Score – nominated
Best Sound Editing – nominated

“Finding Nemo” (2003)
Best Animated Feature – winner
Best Original Screenplay – nominated
Best Score – nominated
Best Sound Editing – nominated

“The Incredibles” (2004)
Best Animated Feature – winner
Best Sound Editing – winner
Best Original Screenplay – nominated
Best Sound Mixing – nominated

“Cars” (2006)
Best Animated Feature – nominated
Best Song (“Our Town”) – nominated

“Ratatouille” (2007)
Best Animated Feature – winner
Best Original Screenplay – nominated
Best Score – nominated
Best Sound Editing – nominated
Best Sound Mixing – nominated

“WALL-E” (2008)
Best Animated Feature – winner
Best Original Screenplay – nominated
Best Score – nominated
Best Song (“Down to Earth”) – nominated
Best Sound Editing – nominated
Best Sound Mixing – nominated

“Up” (2009)
Best Animated Feature – winner
Best Score – winner
Best Picture – nominated
Best Original Screenplay – nominated
Best Sound Editing – nominated

Toy Story 3” (2010)
Best Animated Feature – winner
Best Song (“We Belong Together”) – winner
Best Picture – nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay – nominated
Best Sound Editing – nominated

Cars 2” (2011)
No nominations.

Brave” (2012)
Best Animated Feature – winner

Monsters University” (2013)
No nominations.

With Pixar out of the game this year, will “The Lego Movie” claim the easy win? Vote below for Oscar’s Best Animated Feature race using our easy drag-and-drop menu.

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