With the Golden Globes wrapped up this past weekend and the Academy Awards just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about which films will be in contention for the prestigious Oscar awards. While the most talked about category is the acclaimed Best Picture award, the movies up for #animation awards are a lot more fun to watch and discuss.
2016 was an excellent year for animated movies, and many movies stand a good chance at winning, from Kubo and the Two Strings to The Red Turtle. However, #Zootopia stands out in the crowd as the film that should take home the Oscar. Here's why:
It Resonates With Viewers Worldwide
Zootopia is the name of an animal metropolis filled with mammals of all shapes and sizes. However, not all are treated equally, as Judy Hopps learns when she becomes the first ever rabbit police officer. In order to prove herself, she must work alongside trickster Nick Wilde, a fox, to solve a mysterious case. From an intense and exciting plot, to its multi-faceted characters and hilarious jokes throughout, Zootopia has it all.
More importantly is the message Zootopia has to tell. Tackling themes of prejudice, racism and discrimination head on, Zootopia is an extremely important movie that anyone, anywhere, can relate to. Speaking directly to the current global political environment, Zootopia reminds us that it is never OK to treat others differently on any grounds and looks critically at all forms of hatred and division, from bullying, to stereotyping, to racial profiling.
Even more impressively, it does so in a way that is both simple enough for children to understand while still being complex enough for adults to enjoy — a true family movie. It's easy to see why Zootopia earned a over a billion dollars at a box offices worldwide and a 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes!
On a purely technical level, Zootopia's animation is breathtaking. Bright and colorful with extremely detailed character designs, the movie boasts an immersive world that you don't want to leave. It's also a technological marvel — a single mouse has more individual strands of fur than the number of stands of hair on Elsa's head in Frozen!
How Likely Is It To Win?
Disney/Pixar films have dominated at the Oscars since the animation category was introduced in 2002. Winning 10 out of 15 times, it seems highly likely they'll bring home the award again this year. Though Pixar Animation Studios has been responsible for most of those wins, #Disney has been making a strong comeback, winning twice for Frozen and Big Hero 6 in the last three years. This year, with Pixar's Finding Dory not making the nominations, it's a race between Disney's Moana and Zootopia. However, Zootopia's ability to resonate with audiences and critics worldwide gives it a definite edge over its competition.
Zootopia also just won the Golden Globe award in the animated feature category, a very strong predictor of its Oscar success. Golden Globe winners have overlapped with Oscar winners in the seven times since the Globes added the category in 2007, including last year's Inside Out. This win puts Zootopia in an excellent position moving forward into the Oscars.
The Bottom Line
Zootopia is a film that is current and highly relevant, with an important message against discrimination. It is therefore a movie anyone can relate to and reflect upon. It's also technologically innovative and highly creative, making it highly deserving of the win. In addition, it's got the numbers to back it up, from its impressive box office total to its recent Golden Globe win. Though it is never possible to know for certain, it seems easy to already call the win for Zootopia as the Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars.
Which movie do you think deserves the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!