Will ‘Inside Out’ win Pixar Oscar #8 for Best Animated Feature?

Though the year is not even half over, we have our first clear frontrunner at the Oscars, with the release of Pixar’s “Inside Out.” This 3D computer-animated flick has scored a jaw-dropping 99 at Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive 93 at MetaCritic. It is based on an original idea by Pete Docter who co-directed with Ronnie del Carmen. Their imaginative tale is set in the mind of a young girl (Kaitlyn Dias) as her five emotions — Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) — guide her through life.

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Docter helmed the first Pixar pic, “Up,” to be nominated for Best Picture and he contended for his Original Screenplay as well (both races went to “The Hurt Locker”). That was back in 2009, the first year of the expanded field, when there were a guaranteed 10 nominees. The following year, another Pixar film, “Toy Story 3,” reaped a Best Picture bid; “The King’s Speech” won. However, since the category shifted to a variable number of nominees in 2011, no animated film has contended for the top prize. 

Both “Up” and “Toy Story 3” number among the seven Pixar productions to win Best Animated Feature. Indeed, the studio has claimed half the Oscars awarded in this category since it was created in 2001. And, as detailed below, only two of its films — the sequels “Cars 2” (2011) and “Monsters University” (2013) — failed to reap bids in this race. 

Below, let’s take a look at how each of the previous 14 Pixar films fared at the Oscars. 

“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.

Below: Watch the “Inside Out” trailer and then sound off in the comments section as to your thoughts on its Oscar hopes.

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