With jaw-dropping odds of 1/10 from our Experts (journalists who cover film awards year-round), “Zootopia” is predicted to win Best Animated Feature at the Producers Guild of America Awards on Saturday, Jan. 28. The guild didn’t introduce this prize until 2005, four years after the academy started handout a separate award for animated fare. Over the past 11 years, the PGA has previewed seven of the Oscar winners for Best Animated Feature. That success rate of 64% pales next to the 70% that the guild has achieved in predicting the Best Picture Oscar champ.
This year, only three of the five Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature –“Kubo and the Two Strings,” “Moana” and “Zootopia” — number among the PGA contenders. Each of them has odds of 40/1 to pull off an upset at the PGA Awards.
The other two PGA nominees, the blockbusters “Finding Dory” and “The Secret Life of Pets” are at 66/1 and 100/1 respectively. Those studio releases were snubbed by Oscar voters in favor of the art-house hits “My Life as a Zucchini” and “The Red Turtle.”
Besides our experts, we also canvas four other groups for predictions: our in-house panel of Editors, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s PGA winners, the All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years, and thousands of total Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors. All of them agree that “Zootopia” is far out in front.
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