‘The Good Dinosaur’ vs. ‘Inside Out’: Pixar rivals battle for Best Animated Feature Oscar

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For the first time in Oscar history, two Pixar films will be battling it out for Best Animated Feature in the same calendar year: the upcoming "The Good Dinosaur" and summer smash hit "Inside Out." But which flick has the better chance of claiming Oscar gold?

Pixar's 16th feature length film, "The Good Dinosaur," is directed by Peter Sohn from a screenplay by Meg LeFauve and a story by Enrico Casarosa and Bob Peterson in which the dinosaurs never became extinct. Watch the new trailer below.

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While "The Good Dinosaur" won't be released until November 25, "Inside Out" already impressed audiences and critics alike with a jaw-dropping 98 at Rotten Tomatoes and a 94 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.

Docter helmed the first Pixar movie, "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.

According to Gold Derby's exclusive predictions that combine the Oscar forecasts of 19 top Hollywood journalists (Experts), our website staff (Editors), the two dozen folks who did the best predicting last year's Oscar noms (Top 24 Users) and over a thousand contest entrants like you (Users), both Pixar films are neck-and-neck for the win.

"Inside Out" currently leads our rankings for Best Animated Feature with odds of 7/5 while "The Good Dinosaur" is in second place at 9/2 odds. Rounding out our list of potential nominees are "Anomalisa" in third place with 6/1 odds and "Shaun the Sheep Movie" and "The Peanuts Movie" tied at 9/1 odds apiece.

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.

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