How do you think Pixar’s two 2017 releases “Cars 3” and “Coco” fare at next year’s 2018 Oscars? The third installment of the popular “Cars” franchise opened on Friday and has already amassed more than $50 million domestically, while “Coco” is set to be released Thanksgiving weekend (watch the “Coco” trailer here). After voting in our poll below, click through our photo gallery above to see which Pixar films were embraced by the Oscars and which were cruelly snubbed.
Pixar movies have been a dominant force in Hollywood since the original “Toy Story” took its bow way back in 1995. As of “Cars 3,” the studio has now released 18 total features over the past two decades, including last year’s “Finding Dory” that earned fan acclaim and boffo box office, but failed to score with Oscar voters. “Cars 3” currently has a 59 score at Metacritic, slightly better than the 57 score for “Cars 2” (2011) but far off from the 73 score for the original “Cars” (2006).
Still unseen by film critics, the upcoming “Coco” tells the story of Miguel, a young boy who’s forbidden to play music by his family so he turns to the late Mexican guitarist Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) for inspiration. Simply touching Ernesto’s guitar takes him to the Land of the Dead where he meets Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal), a charmer who just happens to be a skeleton. See the rest of the “Coco” cast here.
Thanks in part to the success of Pixar, the Oscars created a category for Best Animated Feature in 2001. Since then, a whopping eight Pixar movies have won that top Oscar including their most recent champs “Brave” (2012) and “Inside Out” (2015). Amazingly, two Pixar films even went on to earn Best Picture nominations, which we detail in the photo gallery above.