Oscars predictions: Experts predict ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ will win Animated Feature

All but two of our Oscar Experts predict “How to Train Your Dragon 2” will win Best Animated Feature, giving it leading odds of 2/13. It would be the first win in this category for DreamWorks since “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” in 2005.

Two Oscarologists — Mike Cidoni (Associated Press) and Kevin Polowy (Yahoo) —  think Disney will win for the second year in a row with “Big Hero 6.” Those votes give it odds of 10/1.

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None of our experts are predicting a win for any of the the other three nominees. “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” gets 50/1 odds, while “Song of the Sea” and “The Boxtrolls” are tied at 100/1.

Determining a winner based on the precursor awards is difficult. “The Lego Movie,” which won Best Animated Film at the BAFTAs, PGA Awards, and Critics’ Choice, wasn’t even nominated by the academy.

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“Dragon 2” did win the Golden Globe and the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature. All but two Globe winners have repeated at the Oscars since the Hollywood Foreign Press established an animation category in 2006. But the Annie Awards are less often in sync with the academy. Indeed, the first “How to Train Your Dragon” film won the top Annie in 2010, but lost the Oscar to “Toy Story 3.”

Review the individual predictions of our Experts here. And be sure to check out the Experts’ collective rankings and racetrack odds.

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