Oscar Watch: Best Animated Film

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What will win best animated film?  It seems Toy Story 3 has it in the bag, considering it is also nominated for the coveted Best Picture award and is the only animated film in that category.

2010 offered some pretty good animated hits, so it might not be quite as predictable as originally thought.

Here are the nominees.


How Did You Get Up There?
Stoick Faces the Dragon
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How To Train Your Dragon -This film was extremely funny and extremely popular.  Filmmakers are already getting ready for a sequel and perhaps subsequent films as well.  The story centers on a young Viking who wants to hunt dragons, but becomes friends with one by mistake and learns they are more complex creatures than he originally thought. It is a cute movie about unlikely friendships and breaking stereotypes.

The Illusionist - A French/British film about a French illusionist who is out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young girl who is convinced he is a real magician.  The two go on many adventures that change both their lives forever.  This seems to be the dark horse of the category considering it wasn't widely released in America.  The Academy members who vote are supposed to watch all the films before voting, so maybe it will impress voting members.

Toy Story 3 - This film is by far the one to beat.  Toy Story 3 was the highest grossing film that earned the highest critical praise of the entire year.  The film finds the toys back againand mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of to the attic where Andy wants them before he leaves for college.  Woody has to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and must find their way home.  Toy Story 3 is an awesome movie that is definitely the one to beat.

Our Prediction: Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is definitely the one to beat and so it should be!  The film was great fun for a new generation of kids and offered a bittersweet nostalgia for all use oldies who revisited our childhood through the film.



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