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90th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2017 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 

CHARTS UPDATED TO INCLUDE OSCAR FINALISTS LIST IN SHORT CATEGORIES. SCROLL DOWN FOR DOCUMENTARIES

December 8th Predictions

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
26 films are eligible which means we'll have a five-wide category again. 

Discuss on the blog


Tier 1 - Predicted 5

Coco
Official Site
(Disney/Pixar)
November 22nd)

REVIEWED
RT Score: 96%
Box Office: $71+

NBR Winner, NYFCC Winner, Annie Nominee Feature  | Critics Choice Nom | Globe Nom

 Pixar has won 50% of the animated Oscars given to date. Will their streak continue?

The Breadwinner
Official Site
(Cartoon Saloon/GKids)
November 17th

REVIEWED
RT Score: 90%
Box Office: $44k+

 LAFCA WinAnnie Nominee Indie  | Critics Choice Nom | Globe Nom

 

  Can this film about a young Afghan girl disguising herself as a boy to find work, reach enough Academy members?

Loving Vincent

Official Site
(Good Deed)
Sept 22nd

REVIEWED
RT Score: 80%
Box Office: $5+

 Annie Nominee Indie  | Critics Choice Nom | Globe Nom

 

 Will they embrace its "first painted film " selling point or will the rotoscope feel turn them off?

Despicable Me 3

Official Site
(Universal)
June 30th

RT Score: 60%
Box Office: $264+

Annie Nominee Feature  | Critics Choice Nom

 This is an insanely popular franchise but will the Academy care about it when sequels aren't really their thing? 

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
France
(TBA)

REVIEWED
RT Score: n/a
Box Office: n/a

  Annie Nominee Indie

 The buzziest foreign title after Breadwinner. But will those pesky new rules, inviting non-animators to vote, ensure this race is just a big CGI fest each year?

Tier 2 - Potential Spoilers

The Boss Baby

Official Site
(Dreamworks)
March 31st

REVIEWED
RT Score: 52%
Box Office: $175+

Annie Nominee Feature | Globe Nom

The reviews were weirdly harsh for this clever comedy. But reviews aren't everything for animated features.

The Lego Batman Movie
Official Site
(WB)
Feb 10th

RT Score: 91%
Box Office: $175+

 | Critics Choice Nom

Will they make it up to The Lego Movie (a surprise snub) or will they think of this one as old news?

Ferdinand
Official Site
(Fox/Blue Sky)
Dec 15th

RT Score: n/a
Box Office: n/a

Globe Nom

The source material already made for a perfect Oscar winning 1930s short. Will it work similar endearing magic as a feature?

In this Corner of the World (Japan)


REVIEWED

  Annie Nominee Indie

 Japan has nearly 20% of the submissions this year. Our animationg guru says this one is the best of that lot. This is a family drama on the homefront of World War II

Captain Underpants
Official Site
(Dreamworks)
June 2nd

RT Score: 86%
Box Office: $73+

Annie Nominee Feature

Will Oscar be feeling super silly this year?

Tier 3 - Long Shots?

Though these titles were released in US theaters they were either not submitted to Oscar or deemed ineligible

Girl Without Hands  (France, traditional, GKids TBA)

REVIEWED

 Based on a Grimm fairy tale the animation is inspired by Chinese ink washes

Cars 3
Official Site
(Disney/Pixar)
June 16th

RT Score: 67%
Box Office: $152+

Annie Nominee Feature

 Oscar wisely steered clear of Cars 2 and this is easily the lowest grosser in the franchise

 

 

 

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT - NEW CHART

They academy unfortunately doesn't release the long list of eligible shorts anymore but here are the 10 finalists

Discuss on the blog

Tier 1 - Predicted Nominees

Cradle
Devon Maney (director)
USC

14 minutes. US

WATCH ON VIMEO

A man returns from military duty overseas missing both arms and experiencing phantom pain

Dear Basketball

Glen Keane (director) and Kobe Bryant (writer)
Glen Keane Productions

6 minutes. Hand drawn. US

The famous animator Keane illustrates Kobe Bryant's poem

Negative Space
Max Porter (debut film) and Ru Kuwahata
Ikki Films

5 minutes. Stop Motion. France

 

Life Smartphone
低头人生 by Chenglin Xie (debut film)
China Central Academy of Fine Arts

3 minutes. Hand drawn. China

WATCH ON YOUTUBE

Comic chaos erupts due to modern obsession with phones and selfies

In a Heartbeat
Esteban Bravo and Beth David (debut film) Ringling College of Art & Design

WATCH

4 minutes. CGI. US

A young boy's heart exposes his crush on a classmate

Tier 2 - Or It Might Be...

Fox and the Whale
Robin Joseph (debut as director)

12 minutes. CGI. US

A curious fox searching for a whale in this gorgeous short

Lost Property Office
Daniel Agdag (director) and Liz Kearney (producer)
8th in Line

10 minutes. Stop Motion. Australia

Garden Party
multiple directors
MOPA

7 minutes. CGI. France

Amphibians explore their surroundings

LOU
Dave Mullins (debut as director) and Dana Murray (debut as producer)
Pixar Animation Studios

7 minutes. CGI. US

a monster living in a lost and found box

Revolting Rhymes
Jakob Schuh (1 nomination)  & Jan Lachauer (1 nomination)
Magic Light pictures

29 minutes. CGI. UK

Schuh and Lachauer were both nominated in this category before but for different films.

 

 

 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

170 titles made the long list of eligibility. The Academy has now narrowed it down to the following 15 films.

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LINKS GO TO INDIVIDUAL REVIEWS

Tier 1 - Predicted Nominees

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail 
Steve James (1 nomination)

DOC NYC Hopeful List | Critics Choice Nom, NBR Top Five

James was previously nominated for editing Hoop Dreams his legendary doc which the Academy's doc branch was shamed for snubbing back in the day

Icarus 
Bryan Fogel

 DOC NYC Hopeful List

An expose of the doping epidemic in Olympic sports

Jane
Brett Morgen
(1 nomination)

DOC NYC Oscar Hopeful List

Previously unseen ofotage of Jane Goodall's early groundbreaking work with chimpanzees. This has been a hit in theaters. Morgen previously was nominated for the sports doc On the Ropes

Last Men in Aleppo 
 Fiyas Fayyad & Steen Johannessen

Spirit Nominee

Another doc on the White Helmets. You might remember a doc short called White Helmets  (different filmmakers) which won that category last year

Strong Island 
 Yance Ford (debut)

 Critics Choice Nom | DOC NYC Hopeful List

The filmmaker examines the death of her brother and problematic judicial system

Tier 2 - Or It Might Be...

Faces Places 
 Agnes Varda (1 Honorary Oscar) and Jr

 WDOC NYC Hopeful List | Critics Choice Nom | Spirit NomineeNBR Top Five, NYFCC Winner, LAFCA Win

a playful doc in rural France. 

Chasing Coral
Jeff Orlowski

 WDOC NYC Hopeful List | Critics Choice Nom

On the vanishing coral reefs. Orlowski previously made Chasing Ice which was also an Oscar nominated effort (but in the song category)

City of Ghosts 
Matthew Heinema (1 nomination)

 WDOC NYC Hopeful List | Critics Choice Nom

About brave citizen journalists fighting ISIS. Heineman was previously nominated for Cartel Land. 

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
 
 Bonnie Cohen & Jon Shenk

A sequel to the Oscar winning doc An Inconvenient Truth again starring Al Gore but different directors this time

 LA 92
Dan Lindsay & TJ Martin (1 nom | 1 win)

Strangely this doc already won an Emmy but somehow it's also Oscar eligible? These filmmakers previously won the Oscar for the footbal doc Undefeated

 

Tier 3 - Dark Horse Finalists

One Of Us
Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
(1 previous nomination)

DOC NYC Hopeful List | Critics Choice Nom

A look at the Hasidic community and three who are leaving it. From the women behind Jesus Camp

Ex-Libris: New York Public Library
Frederick Wiseman (1 Honorary Oscar)

 Incredibly NONE of his famous docs have ever been up for a competitive Oscar

Long Strange Trip
Amir Bar-Lev

a 4 hour documentary on the Grateful Dead.

Unrest
Jennifer Brea

A PhD student documents her journey with "a disease that medicine forgot"

 

 

Human Flow
Ai WeiWei

The famous artist trains his eye on the global refugee crisis

Tier 4 - Did not make the 15 wide finalist list

Media attention and select raves never guarantee you a spot in this always volatile category: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson, Kedi, Obit, and Whose Streets?

They were singled out by DOC NYC as Oscar hopefuls but didn't make it: The B-Side Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography, Dina, The Final Year, The Force, Step, and Risk

Other Docs we reviewed here at TFE that didn't make the finals: Arthur Miller: Writer,Bobbi Jene, Casting JonBenet ,The Farthest,God Knows Where I Am, The Incomparable Rose Hartman, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not HoldKiki, Machines, Nobody Speak: Trials of Free Press, Oklahoma City, The Reagan Show, and Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

The complete list of 170 eligible titles

 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT - NEW CHART

They academy unfortunately doesn't release the long list of eligible shorts anymore but here are the 10 finalists

Discuss on the blog

Tier 1 - Predicted Nominees

Edith+Eddie
Laura Checkoway (director)
Heart is Red and Kartemquin Films

29 minutes. US

The story of the world's oldest interracial newlyweds, both in their 90s, who met at the park

Heroin(e)
Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Netflix, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and A Requisite Media Production

39 minutes. US

COMING TO NETFLIX TBA

Three women fight the opoid epidemic in West Virginia

Kayayo - The Living Shopping Baskets
Marie Bakke Riise
Integral Film

32 minutes? country?

RENT ON VIMEO

Thousands of young girls in Ghana work as real life shopping baskets carrying heavy loads on their head as early as 6 yrs of age

Ten Meter Tower
Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson (directors)

17 minutes. Sweden.

STREAMING ON PRIME

Would regular people dive headfirst into the water after climbing a 33 foot tower?

Ram Dass, Going Home
Derek Peck (debut film)
Further Pictures

31 minutes. US

A famous spiritual leader of the 1960s and 1970s and advocate of death awareness approaches the end of his own life.

Tier 2 - Or It Might Be...

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Frank Stiefel
Stiefel & Co.

40 minutes. US

Portrait of a 56 year old artist who has suffered from mental health issues her whole life.

Traffic Stop
Kate Davis
Q Ball Productions

31 minutes. US

COMING TO HBO TBA

This is about an African American schoolteacher in Texas who is stopped for a routine traffic violation but the situation escalates

Alone
Garrett Bradley
The New York Times

12 minutes. US

STREAMING AT NYT

The Sundance winner is about a single mother in New Orleans and how mass incarceration shapes the modern black family. Though she has two male names Garrett Bradley is a female director. This is her fourth short

116 Cameras
Davina Pardo
Birdling Films

16 minutes. US/UK

STREAMING AT NYT

A holocaust survivor preserves her story so it will be able to live on

Knife Skills
Thomas Lennon
(3 noms | 1 win)
TFL Films

40 minutes. US

A portrait of a restaurant opening in Cleveland and ex-cons learning to cook. Director Thomas Lennon is the only finalist this yearwho has been in the race before.

 

 

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT

They academy unfortunately doesn't release the long list of eligible shorts anymore. They will soon announce the 10 finalists

Discuss on the blog

Tier 1 - Predicted Nominees

         
         
Tier 2 - Or It Might Be...