This year’s Oscar Nominees were announced in Los Angeles this morning. The Animated Feature category looks set to be hotly contested this year as five very different films compete for the prize. We take a look at the shortlist:
This stop-motion animated film tells the story of Michael, a lonely businessman staying at a hotel in Cincinnati where he meets Lisa. Described as ‘an extraordinarily wise film about the reasons we turn to other people and the enormous difficulty of doing so’, Anomalisa certainly packs an emotional punch. This, combined with the artistic creativity of co-directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson makes Anomalisa a very strong contender in this category.
Boy and The World
Boy and The World follows Cuca, a small boy from the countryside who sets out to find his father in a big city. Behind the vibrant hand-drawn animation of The Boy and The World lies a story much bigger than the boy’s journey; a powerful tale of economic inequality and the dangers of industrialization. The film has been a huge success on the film festival circuit, winning over 40 awards.
Pixar’s Inside Out was a runaway success when it was released last summer and has grossed over $850 million to date. The film is essentially about feelings. Although on the surface it tells the story of a teenage girl named Riley, it actually offers a complex examination of the interplay between human emotions. In an age populated by sequels Inside Out stands out for its quirky and original subject matter. Pixar’s risk evidently paid off as Inside Out became one of the highest grossing films of 2015.
Shaun the Sheep Movie
The most light-hearted film of the shortlist is Aardman’s Shaun The Sheep Movie. Based upon the children’s TV programme, the film sees Shaun and the other sheep venture to ‘The Big City’ in search of the Farmer, after he accidentally rolls there. The film follows their adventures and provides lots of laughs along the way.
When Marnie Was There
The final film from Studio Ghibli, When Marnie Was There is a story about a friendship between two young girls: Anna and Marnie. Based upon a Young Adult novel of the same name, the film explores the unlikely friendship they forge and tells a timeless story about the importance of friendship. Despite performing significantly worse at the Box Office than other Studio Ghibli films, its Oscar nomination is well deserved for its magical and enthralling storytelling.