The expectation going into Oscar season was that The Lego Movie would undoubtedly be nominated and would win for Best Animated Film. This mentality was confounded with the fact that the film was the most profitable animated film of the year, taking in two-hundred-and-fifty-seven million dollars domestically. This perception was immediately taken away with two incidents: First, The Lego Movie failed to garner a win at the Golden Globes, losing to How to Train Your Dragon 2. Then, it failed to gain an Oscar nomination, thus eliminating its possibility of winning. This put How to Train Your Dragon 2 as the main contender this year with the Golden Globe win as the momentum it needs to pull a win. Despite the film being a relatively average animated film, the film has a fiercely popular fan base, which also helps with the film’s momentum in winning. Additionally, a win for this film would honor the original animated film, which was nominated, but failed to achieve a win in 2011 (losing to Toy Story 3). Yet, this isn’t a guaranteed win for How to Train Your Dragon 2, especially with The Lego Movie winning the Critics Choice Award recently. The Golden Globe does have a good track record that is in sync with the Oscars, having only awarded an alternate movie once in 2012 when it gave the award to The Adventures of Tintin instead of the eventual Oscar winner, Rango. If such an upset scenario occurred at the Oscars, the likely choice would be for Big Hero 6 to grab the win. This wouldn’t be a travesty since Big Hero 6 was an unexpected gem that has mostly gone unnoticed with audiences and critics. Having received tremendously positive reviews, Big Hero 6 is one of those rare animated movies that appeal to both children and adults with its mixture of comedy, action, sacrifice, and the occasional life lessons that the film conveys eloquently throughout its narrative. Most noticeable is how the film’s primary character and his creation illuminate a tremendous bond of friendship that audiences easily can identify and find a bond with, a sentiment that is timeless. Therefore, Big Hero 6 may have the capacity to tug at voters’ heartstrings and allow for it to pull a surprise win.
Big Hero 6
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Will Win: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Could Win: Big Hero 6
Should Win: Big Hero 6