Disney/Pixar's "Inside Out" is the frontrunner to win Best Animated Feature at the Oscars, but our experts drawn from major media outlets think that's just the beginning of this film's accolades. These 24 Hollywood insiders who cover the Oscar beat year-round also predict that this 3D computer-animated flick will earn bids for Best Original Screenplay and Best Score. But what about a Best Picture nomination?
That may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. After all, this imaginative tale set in the mind of a young girl as her five emotions — Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) — guide her through life is based on an original idea by Pete Docter. He helmed the first Pixar film, "Up," to be nominated for Best Picture.
That was in 2009, and just a year later the second of two Pixar pictures to contend for the big prize was "Toy Story 3." While "Up" lost to "The Hurt Locker," "Toy Story 3" was bested by "The King's Speech."
With a domestic gross of $356 million, "Inside Out" is Pixar's second most successful film behind "Toy Story 3" at $415 million. Besides the positive fan reaction, it also has the support of the critics, scoring a jaw-dropping 98 at Rotten Tomatoes (which grades on a pass/fail basis) and 94 on the sliding scale at Metacritic.
Our Experts currently rank "Inside Out" in 12th place to receive a Best Picture nomination and give it 50/1 odds. In other words, even though it's not currently in their Top 10 it is still very much in the running.
While "Inside Out" has leading 8/5 odds to win Best Animated Feature (see right-hand chart), our Experts have it in second place for Best Original Screenplay behind frontrunner "Spotlight." As for Best Score, it's in their fourth position behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "The Hateful Eight" and "Carol."
Pixar has been a dominant force in Hollywood since the original "Toy Story" bowed in 1995. Since then the studio has released 15 more features, including "Inside Out" and another current Oscar contender for Best Animated Feature: "The Good Dinosaur."
"Inside Out" wouldn't be the only Pixar film to reap three Oscar nominations. "Toy Story," "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "WALL-E," "Up" and "Toy Story 3" all earned three or more noms. Click here to launch our Oscars photo gallery of all Pixar winners and losers.
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