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Oscars 2016 Predictions: Who Should Win, Who Will Win

on February 25, 2016, 12:00am
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Best Animated Feature Film

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What should win: Inside Out
What will win: Inside Out

Good on the Oscars for sidestepping their historical tendency in the Animated Feature category to pad the nominees outside of the likely winner with a parade of popular but eminently forgettable offerings. (Seriously, look up some of the Dreamworks nominees in past years in particular.) Instead, this year offers everything from a Ghibli piece to the latest from Aardman to a Charlie Kaufman movie.

Inside Out is winning this award and deservedly so; it’s one of Pixar’s finest films in an illustrious canon of same and an eloquent story about the terrors of being a kid and watching your world get smaller, internally and externally. But Anomalisa only showing up here seems perfect for a movie about narcissistic alienation in a world where everything and everybody looks the same. So the movie with the deeply intimate sex scene hangs out with the family films. So it goes.

–Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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