For the first time in Oscar history, two Pixar films will be battling it out for Best Animated Feature in the same year: the upcoming "The Good Dinosaur" and summer smash hit "Inside Out." Is it possible that these two rivals might cancel each other out, thereby ensuring that Paramount's critical darling "Anomalisa" will claim Oscar gold?
Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson from a script based on Kaufman's play, "Anomalisa" is unique among this year's contenders. It's a stop motion film that utilized a Kickstarter campaign to earn initial funding. The studio has scheduled a December 30 release for the R-rated movie, just one day before the 2015 Oscar eligibility period ends.
"Anomalisa" centers on motivational speaker Michael Stone (David Thewlis), who has issues connecting with people and hears them all as having the same voice (Tom Noonan). One night at a hotel, all of that changes when he meets a woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who sounds absolutely beautiful.
Of our 20 Oscar Experts — Hollywood journalists that cover the derby every year — one — Thelma Adams (Gold Derby) — predicts that "Anomalisa" will win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Seven others have the film in their second-place positions: Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), Michael Musto (Out.com), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Christopher Rosen (Ent. Weekly), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). See more Experts' odds and rankings right here.
When the 20 Experts' predictions are aggregated together, "Inside Out" leads with 3/2 odds, but "Anomalisa" is in second at 9/2. Third place goes to "The Good Dinosaur" at 6/1 odds, with "Shaun the Sheep Movie" in fourth place with 13/2 odds and "The Peanuts Movie" in fifth place with odds of 12/1.
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