Oscars: ‘Big Hero 6’ wins Best Animated Feature in upset over ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’

Big Hero 6” pulled off a shocking upset in the race for Best Animated Feature over the frontrunner  “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Big Hero 6” had the support of just three Experts: Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), and Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly). It was in second place with odds of 11/2.

Contrast that to our 26 Oscars Experts who predicted “Dragon 2” would be the first DreamWorks computer-animated film to win the category since “Shrek” in 2001. The film was also predicted by six out of seven Editors, 17 of our Top 24 Users, and 73% of our overall Users.

Determining a winner based on the precursor awards was difficult. “The Lego Movie,” which won Best Animated Film at the BAFTAs, PGA Awards, and Critics’ Choice, wasn’t even nominated by the academy.

“Dragon 2” had won the Golden Globe and the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature. All but two Globe winners have repeated at the Oscars since the Hollywood Foreign Press established an animation category in 2006. But the Annie Awards are less often in sync with the academy. Indeed, the first “How to Train Your Dragon” film won the top Annie in 2010, but lost the Oscar to “Toy Story 3.”

How to Train Your Dragon 2” was the 1/4 favorite with 26 Experts backing it: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier, Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere), Glenn Whipp (LA Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” was in third place in our predictions with 50/1 odds. “Song of the Sea” was fourth with 100/1 odds. and “The Boxtrolls” was fifth with 100/1 odds.

15 thoughts on “Oscars: ‘Big Hero 6’ wins Best Animated Feature in upset over ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’

  1. It was complete bs. I couldn’t believe httyd 2 lost, I afficially hate the academy. It should’ve won, it’s that simple. The whole reason why I think they lost is because it was a dream works film, not Disney. Anybody who agrees with me can comment below.

  2. Disney + Academy = Automatic win, no matter how shitty the movie is, or how ,uch better the other movies are. Academy shows no respect to the Animation category.

  3. Well Majority of the animation voters are former disney employees.. Expect it to be a long time till other movies beside pixar and disney win.. Now I know spirited away won. (even though it deserved it) I know it won because of disney. If it wasn’t disney spirited away wouldn’t have won… SCREW THE OSCARS BH6 SUCKED

  4. Okay everybody, listen up! “Big Hero 6” didn’t win just because it was made by Disney, it won because it had so much heart and great emotion that never felt forced. “How to Train Your Dragon 2” had that stuff too, but “Big Hero 6” was stronger. It’s not like a couple years when “Brave” beat “Wreck-It Ralph” for Best Animated Feature. That right there was just ridiculous and stupid and studio-biased because “Brave” was a Pixar movie and “Wreck-It Ralph” was made by Disney. However, “Wreck-It Ralph” felt more like a Pixar movie due to its impressive storytelling, lovable and memorable characters, a really tight script, and a lot of heart and soul. That’s exactly the same way I would describe “Big Hero 6” as well. “Brave” had none of that and I don’t how that stupid movie beat “Wreck-It Ralph” that year. “Frozen” would have beaten the crap out that effortless Pixar film. I love Pixar more than any other animation studio, but I sure don’t like “Brave.” The real winner in my opinion is still “The LEGO Movie” even if did not get nominated, which it should have and it would have won. But I’m really happy “Big Hero 6” won.

  5. Shut up evan. Majority agree BH6 wasn’t as great as the others. Seriously.. the audience were even upset. Look on everyones face

  6. To be honest, it really didn’t matter to me as long as it went to either “Dragon 2″ or Big Hero 6,” but I still think “The LEGO Movie” should’ve been nominated, otherwise “Big Hero 6” wouldn’t have had a chance.

  7. I’d like to post this link here just to show that the Academy doesn’t know shit all when in comes to animation. Httyd2 and Princess Kaguya got robbed by a undeserving movie, no point of denying it.

  8. What do you mean big upset, too bad for which ever film you were rooting for because according to the oscars, Big Hero 6 is the best, whoops too bad. Be content with whatever awards your film got in other award shows.

  9. BH6 was good, but it wasn’t original at all. There were just so many parts that reminded me of DreamWorks movies like HTTYD and heck, Kung Fu Panda.

  10. Screw the haters. Big Hero 6 was a better movie than How to Train your dragon 2. I enjoyed it even more than The Incredibles. How to Train your dragon 2 was great no doubt but Big Hero 6 was better. I’m still upset The Lego Movie wasn’t nominated though. I would rate these as my top 3 animated movies of 2014( in order) Big Hero 6, The Lego Movie, and How to Train your dragon 2. The good news is they all won something. Big Hero 6 got an Oscar, The Lego Movie got a Bafta, and How to Train your dragon 2 got a golden globe.

  11. Big hero 6 was one of those rare occasions where a japenees promo is better than film:

    The oscars are meaningless not just for the other nominatios but bh6 as well, becuase the votes are coming from people who base them on their childrens opinons and write reasons like “Feast, becuase I like dogs!”

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