The 88th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on 28 February 2016 at 7 p.m. EST.
My personal picks - meaning the ones I think will win - are "Inside Out" for Animated Feature Film and "Sanjay's Super Team" for Animated Short Film. Yes, another good year for Disney. Its quality is just too great to mess with these days.
My sentimental picks - meaning what I wish would win - are "Boy and the World" and "Bear Story." This is just because the odds against them even being made - in South America! - and nominated were so great. Animation is in great shape south of the border, but nobody can compete with the Disney machine on even terms. Richard Williams is just phenomenal and kudos to his nomination so many decades after "A Christmas Carol," I love it when the legends return for another bow.
The biggest injustice was "The Peanuts Movie" being snubbed, but I admit that it was kind of just what you would expect from a, well, "Peanuts" movie. With that exception, I think the nominations were appropriate. Several foreign-made films ("Boy and the World," "Shaun the Sheep Movie," and "When Marnie Was There") were nominated, illustrating the health of the global animation industry.
ANIMATED SHORT FILM
dir. Gabriel Osorio, pro. Pato Escala
dir. Richard Williams, pro. Imogen Sutton
Sanjay’s Super Team
dir. Sanjay Patel, pro. Nicole Grindle
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
dir. Konstantin Bronzit
World of Tomorrow
dir. Don Hertzfeldt
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
dir. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, pro. Rosa Tran
Boy and the World
dir. Alê Abreu
dir. Pete Docter, pro. Jonas Rivera
Shaun the Sheep Movie
dir. Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
When Marnie Was There
dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, pro. Yoshiaki Nishimura
As widely expected, "Inside Out" also nabbed a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.