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87th Oscars. The Oscar Contenders of 2014 - For prediction, discussion and entertainment purposes only. This is not a endorsement of quality work, especially since no one has seen the pictures yet!

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Animated Feature - Predictions as of Sept 25th
AN EXTREMELY TIGHT RACE AMONG THE TOP 7 FILMS. I'D ARGUE THAT NONE ARE SECURE.

To activate a 5 wide list, 16 films must be eligible
Discuss Animation

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
June 13th
(Dreamworks / Fox)
THE LEGO MOVIE
February 7th
(Warner Bros)

BIG HERO 6
November 7th
(Disney)

SONG OF THE SEA
Release TBA
(Cartoon Saloon / GKids)
Concept Trailer
BOOK OF LIFE
October 17th (Reel FX / Fox)
CON: Box office trouble and Oscar's animation branch doesn't go for sequels.
PRO: Except when they do! The original is well loved
Podcast
PRO: It came. It was seen. It conquered critics hearts and the box office. Fun but also undeniably...
CON: Crass merchandise opportunity / big commercial. Will that deter voters?
Reviewed
PRO: Disney teams up with Marvel to tell a superhero story involving a robotics prodigy in the fictional city of San Fransokyo (San Francisco Tokyo mashup)
CON: superhero fatigue and how original is it? Some of the early jokes seem derivative
CON: Appeal of story skews very young
PRO: but it could be a major threat for the gold. Like The Secret of Kells the visuals are incredible and unique. This is "the story of the last Seal Child's journey home"
Reviewed 
PRO: "an incredible adventure that spans three fantastical worlds" Guillermo del Toro produces. The early scenes they're showing press are extraordinarily colorful and busy.
CON: Celebrity voice cast and lots of music. Will it be deemed too commercial / not prestigious enough?

Other Films That Might Make a Mark
Tough to tell this early. Especially given the unpredictable will they or won't they qualify foreign beauties

THE BOXTROLLS
September 26th
(Laika / Focus Features)
PRINCESS KAGUYA
Release TBA
(Studio Ghibli / GKids)
trailer  
BOY AND THE WORLD
trailer
JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART
France
the trailer
TANTA HILDA
trailer

PRO: An orphaned boy and his adoptive trash collecting family of sorts must survive extermination. Based on the book "Here Be Monsters" and everyone loves Laika
CON: but early reviews aren't as in love with it as expected
Trailer Discussion

PRO: Studio Ghibli has instant prestige and that helps in every Oscar branch, including this one. This story is a bit Thumbelina-esque. Multiple suitors pursue a princess who is only the size of a finger.
CON: hotly competitive category. What does it knock out? 

This Brazilian hand drawn film is silent but for music. It's already picked up several awards 'round the world A french film - and France has done well in this category. This hand drawn oddity involves a plant museum. It's from France and they've done well in this category.
Foreign Titles That Might Debut
It's always difficult to know which will qualify here...
  • Little from the Fish Shop (Czech Republic) the daughter of a shop owner seeks help from a witch for the love of a handome young man. Sounds/ looks like a grotesque version of The Little Mermaid- the trailer
  • Rocks in my Pockets (Latvia) this animated memoir is submitted in Best Foreign Language Film. Will it try to qualify here, too?
  • Thunder and the House of Magic (Belgium) Shout! Factory - an abandoned cat and a magician's estate for sale. Selena Gomez did a song or some such
  • Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (France) Jack must not use his clock heart! - the trailer
  • The 7th Dwarf (Germany) dwarves and an ice queen of some sort. trailer
  • Tarzan 3D (Germany) with the voice of Kellan Lutz trailer
  • Valley of the Lost Ants (France) rival gangs of ants fight for leftover picnic goodies trailer
  • Foosball this 2013 from an Oscar winner, Argentina's Juan Jose Campanella that used to be called Metegol. I have no idea if it's eligible Trailer
Extreme Longshots
Though they'll qualify if submitted
  • Rio 2 (Blue Sky / Fox) April 11th
  • The Nut Job (Open Road) January 17th squirrels plan a nut-store heist
  • Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (Summertime / Clarius ) May 9th the trailer
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue - (Disney) July 18th the Cars spin-off the trailer
  • The Pirate Fairy (Disney) - a new Tinkerbell movie
  • Mr Peabody & Sherman (Dreamworkds) March 7th the dog and his boys do some space travel.