‘Coco’ looking to be just the third film to win Best Animated Feature and Original Song Oscars

The jury’s still out on whether being a Best Picture nominee gives you an advantage in Best Original Song, but surely being a Best Animated Feature nominee is a huge plus, right? Technically yes, but it’s definitely not a sure thing to win both. “Coco” sits atop our latest predictions in both Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Remember Me,” and if the Disney/Pixar film indeed goes two-for-two, it would only be the third time that the two categories went to the same film.

That might sound startling because so many catchy movie anthems have hailed from animated films, specifically Disney films. But the Best Animated Feature category was only added in 2001, right after Disney ruled Best Original Song in the ‘90s — five of the decade’s song winners were from animated Disney films; a sixth, “When You Believe,” was from DreamWorks’ “The Prince of Egypt” (1998). And while Disney and Pixar have collected a majority of the Best Animated Feature Oscars, animated films don’t churn out pop hits like they used to in their heyday.

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Since the creation of the Best Animated Feature category, there have been 10 animated film nominees with song nominations. The only two that won both are “Toy Story 3” (2010), with its tune “We Belong Together,” and “Frozen” (2013), with its omnipresent smash “Let It Go.” “Monsters, Inc.” (2001) lost the first animated feature Oscar to “Shrek,” but won for its song “If I Didn’t Have You.” “WALL-E” (2008) did the opposite, winning the film prize, but “Down to Earth” succumbed to “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire.” The 10 are:

2001: “Monsters, Inc.” lost animated feature to “Shrek,” but won song for “If I Didn’t Have You”

2003: “The Triplets of Belleville” lost animated feature to “Finding Nemo” and its song“Belleville Rendez-vous” lost to “Into the West” from “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

2004: “Shrek 2” lost animated feature to “The Incredibles” and its song “Accidentally in Love” lost to “Al otro lado del rio” from “The Motorcycle Diaries”

2006: “Cars” lost animated feature to “Happy Feet” and its song “Our Town” lost to “I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth”

2008: “WALL-E” won animated feature, but its song “Down to Earth” lost to “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”

2009: “The Princess and the Frog” lost animated feature to “Up” and its songs “Almost There” and “Down in New Orleans” lost to “The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”

2010: “Toy Story 3” won animated feature and song for “We Belong Together”

2013: “Frozen” won animated feature and song for “Let It Go”

2013: “Despicable Me 2” lost animated feature and song for “Happy” to “Frozen” and “Let It Go”

2016: “Moana” lost animated feature to “Zootopia” and its song “How Far I’ll Go” lost to “City of Stars” from “La La Land”

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That “Toy Story 3” and “Frozen” were able to win both speaks to their hit statuses. They were massive blockbusters — the former being part of one of the most beloved franchises — that their animated feature awards were undeniable, as was the inevitable song win for the inescapable “Let It Go.” “We Belong Together” was far from a No. 1 hit, but it had weak competition — “Coming Home” from “Country Strong,” “If I Rise” from “127 Hours” and “I See the Light” from “Tangled” — and the strength of “Toy Story 3” was able to carry it to a victory.

Can “Coco” do the same for “Remember Me”? Best Animated Feature is more than likely a done deal for “Coco,” but Golden Globe winner “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” is sneaking up on it in the song race. As we previously noted, “This Is Me” is also a bigger hit, charting on the Billboard 100, than “Remember Me,” and while “Coco” has better box office overall at $732 million worldwide — which pales in comparison to “Frozen” ($1.2 billion) and “Toy Story 3” ($1.06 billion) — “The Greatest Showman” has better legs, not dropping more than 33 percent week-to-week domestically for a $344 million global total. But “Coco” is a Disney/Pixar offspring, which might be enough to help “Remember Me” cross the finish line.

Do you think voters will remember to vote for “Remember Me” and “Coco”? Or will this be another split year?

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