The award for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars has gone to some of the most popular box office hits in America in the 2010s. Almost all of them have grossed at least $200 million domestic, with some earning upwards of $350 million. Disney, often with its subsidiary Pixar, has taken home six of the seven Best Animated Feature Oscars this decade, and they might just take home another with “Coco” this year.
So which Best Animated Feature Oscar winner is your favorite of the 2010s? Let’s take a look back on each, and then be sure to vote in our poll below. (See 2018 Oscar odds for Best Animated Feature.)
“Toy Story 3” (2010) — The “Toy Story” franchise finally got to take home this Oscar thanks to “Toy Story 3,” considering the first two were released before the category was even invented. This sequel takes place several years after the events of “Toy Story 2” with Andy getting ready to go to college, while Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the toys are mistakenly discarded and must find their way back to their beloved owner. “Toy Story 3” also won Best Original Song, with additional nominations in Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Sound Editing.
“Rango” (2011) — “Rango” is the only non-Disney film this decade to win Best Animated Feature, coming from Nickelodeon and distributed by Paramount. The film stars Johnny Depp as the titular chameleon who stumbles upon Dirt, a town in the Wild West made up of fellow animals who are in desperate need of a sheriff. After being appointed the sheriff by the town’s mayor, he quickly comes to realize the problems that are plaguing Dirt and vows to help them.
“Brave” (2012) — “Brave” was the seventh Pixar movie to win this category, but the first with both a female protagonist, Merida, and a female director, Kelly Chapman. The film takes place in the Scottish Highlands, with Merida, a princess with a penchant for archery, defying a family custom and accidentally putting a curse on her mother, the Queen. This eventually leads to her home descending into chaos, which Merida must set right.
“Frozen” (2013) — “Frozen” is the only Animated Feature winner this decade to become a bonafide pop culture phenomenon, outside of the already huge “Toy Story” fanbase. The film tells the story of Elsa, a princess with icy powers who accidentally inflicts damage upon her community that leads her to isolate herself on a mountain, with her sister Anna teaming up with a ragtag group to find her. Known for its soundtrack that won’t get out of your head, “Frozen” also won Best Original Song for “Let It Go.”
“Big Hero 6” (2014) — “Big Hero 6” was the next victor, telling the story of a young prodigy named Hiro who is obsessed with robotics and befriends an inflatable healthcare robot named Baymax, who team up with friends to take down a villain. The film’s win here is noteworthy in that “The Lego Movie,” which won almost every Best Animated Feature prize before the Oscars, wasn’t even nominated by the academy. This cleared the way for “Big Hero 6,” which had not won any major prizes until the big one.
“Inside Out” (2015) — One of Pixar’s most inventive films to win this category was “Inside Out,” which takes place inside the mind of a girl and centers on her personified emotions, including Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear. Such emotions interact in various ways depending on the particular feelings of the girl as she grapples with moving to a new state with her parents. “Inside Out” was also nominated for Best Original screenplay.
“Zootopia” (2016) — The most recent Best Animated Feature winner is Disney’s “Zootopia.” Like many of this decade’s winners it centers on a female protagonist, in this case Judy Hopps, a chipper young rabbit who joins the police force in a city comprised of fellow animals. She meets a sly fox named Nick and together they discover what the local government has been doing to the city’s predatory creatures.
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