Could ‘Zootopia’ ride its critical raves to become 4th animated Oscar nominee for Best Picture?

Our forum poster AayaanUpadhyaya has made an interesting observation regarding “Zootopia” and whether it might sneak into the Oscar race for Best Picture. “I went on Rotten Tomatoes and saw that ‘Zootopia’ was the best reviewed film of the year,” he explains. “And by going back a few years, I saw that the best reviewed film on RT has ALWAYS made its way into the Best Picture category.” If “Zootopia” pulls it off, it would be only the fourth animated film in history to land in Oscar’s top race, following “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “Up” (2009) and “Toy Story 3” (2010).

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Going back to 2009, every number-one film on Rotten Tomatoes has earned a Best Picture nomination save one: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (2011), though that year’s second-ranked film, “The Artist,” would go on to actually win Best Picture, so the Tomatometer didn’t miss by much. The top-rated films that did make the academy’s lineup were “Up” (2009), ” “Toy Story 3” (2010), “Argo” (2012), “Gravity” (2013), “Boyhood” (2014) and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015).

So are we underestimating “Zootopia” for a Best Picture nom? AayaanUpadhyaya concludes, “I certainly think it’s more likely than ‘Silence,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals,’ ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ and even ‘Fences.'” Do our other forum posters agree? Read some of their comments below, and join the discussion in our message boards.

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Riley: “We have enough contenders to fill all of the [Best Picture] slots and [‘Zootopia’] missed PGA. Seems open and shut to me. Does not help that it is not as acclaimed as the acclaimed Pixar movies that made it in (or the ones that it did not) and it failed to sweep the critics’ awards for animated feature, losing about half to ‘Kubo and the Two Strings.'”

nkb325: “It’s the most acclaimed movie of the year, it is a HUGE box office hit, and it actually has the semi-serious and extremely timely subject matter that we often say is what’s lacking to prevent animated movies from BP.”

Eddy Q: “I’m 99% certain that ‘Zootopia’ won’t get into Best Picture. I do have it in Original Screenplay now that two of the initial contenders have moved to Adapted and neither ‘Jackie’ nor ’20th Century Women’ seem to be happening.”

Bee: “If ‘Inside Out’ couldn’t make it, ‘Zootopia’ won’t do it.”

Hunterbergfeld: “If there are 10 nominees, ‘Zootopia’ would get in.”

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