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.

12 thoughts on “Will ‘Inside Out’ win Pixar Oscar #8 for Best Animated Feature?

  1. Do remember there is ANOTHER Pixar movie this year — The Good Dinosaur (also original), which could still possibly steal the Oscar. That said, the only way Pixar could have lost this year (nothing from Disney Animation, only Home from DreamWorks Animation) was if *both* Inside Out *and* The Good Dinosaur were complete duds; obviously that won’t be the case now.

  2. I saw “Inside Out” today and it was FANTASTIC!!! “The Good Dinosaur” may sound original, but due to the story issues, it doesn’t stand a chance against this movie and that’s gonna end up being a fact. However, the one and only animated movie coming out in the fall that could be a BIG threat to “Inside Out” during awards season is “The Peanuts Movie.”

  3. I’m going with 6 nominations for Inside Out! Including a historical Best Director nod for Pete Docter.

    Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Sound Editing, Animated Feature.

  4. The “No nominations” on Monsters University is painful. Deserved better. It was way more worthy than Despicable Me 2! Not even close. Come on.

  5. I LOVED Inside Out. Can’t imagine another animated movie being better this year. Also want to see Best Picture and Screenplay (even director?). The biggest competitors that I see coming up would be The Good Dinosaur, The Peanuts movie, and maybe The little Prince. Minions will likely fill out the category, though I can’t say I’m totally sold on its awards prospects.

  6. @Anonymous: WHAT story issues? The Good Dinosaur may not be able to pass Inside Out, but NOT due to made-up anonymous claims of “story issues” like yours. And The Peanuts Movie, Minions, etc. don’t stand a chance against Pixar; see Brave’s win over the superior Wreck-It Ralph.

  7. @RBBrittain False. Many thought “The Good Dinosaur” would never get released because it’s actually been all over the place for quite awhile. It was supposed to have came out last year, but it got pushed back because the folks at Pixar didn’t like the way the story was originally written. So they re-did and now they think they’ve solved the problems. So that could be a good thing. The latest trailer for it came out awhile back and it looks good. But the designs of the dinosaurs look kinda ridiculous and that could be an issue. It looks really good other than that, but it won’t to “Inside Out.” Most of all, nothing will. “Minions” doesn’t stand a chance at getting nominated because it got mixed reviews from critics and currently has a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes. Also, I just said “The Peanuts Movie” COULD be a threat to that movie. I never said it stood a chance. Pay closer attention to what you’re reading. And yes, I remember when “Brave” beat “Wreck-It Ralph” that one year and that was a big slap in the face. “Wreck-It Ralph” was without a doubt the best animated movie of 2012 and the Oscars were too stubborn to give it the gold. I think they just wanted to make us mad. But that doesn’t mean it’ll be that way again. We all know “Inside Out” is a lock to win it and that Pixar will its 8th winner. Again, “The Good Dinosaur” looks good, but it doesn’t stand a chance. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t. “The Peanuts Movie” is the that I think will be its biggest competitor. Let’s also not forget “Shaun the Sheep” from Aardman. That’s been getting rave reviews so far and it could be big competitor as well. I want “Inside Out” to win and I believe it’s going to win, but you never what could happen.

  8. @RBBrittain “The Good Dinosaur” just came out. Apparently, @Anonymous was right about the story issues. While it’s not getting bad reviews (currently has a 76% on Rotten Tomatoes), many believe that the story and the characters were nowhere near as strong as other Pixar films. The story was also clichéd and pandered directly towards kids. So “Inside Out” has this one in the bag. But “Anomalisa” could be a competitor.

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