Sorry, Pixar: ‘Cars 2’ won’t win Animated Feature at Oscars

Pixar has owned the Animated Feature Oscar for the last four years with winning entries about romping rodents (“Ratatouille,” 2007), lovelorn robots (“WALL-E,” 2008), a flying house (“Up,” 2009) and talking toys (“Toy Story 3,” 2010). But that animation domination is set to end this year as Pixar’s sole entry — “Cars 2” — is unlikely to even reap a nomination. 

The sequel to the 2006 Oscar nominee was deemed a disappointment by critics, rating 46 among the top tier at Rotten Tomatoes and 57 with Metacritic. “Cars 2” had the worst domestic gross ($191 million)  for a Pixar movie since “A Bug’s Life” in 1998 ($162 million). By comparison, the original — which was also directed by John Lasseter — revved up $244 million. 

While “Cars” lost the 2006 Oscar race to “Happy Feet,” this follow-up is a longshot to even contend according to our Experts, Editors and Users. “Rango” is predicted to prevail over “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Puss in Boots,” “Arthur Christmas” and “Rio.”

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As it stands now, “Cars 2” is stuck in first gear. However, it did score a Golden Globes nomination alongside “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Arthur Christmas,” “Puss in Boots” and “Rango.” If it can pull off an upset there, the momentum for this Pixar picture will finally begin to build.

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