Candidates for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award in 2020

The Academy Awards, less formally known as the Oscars, are an event known and watched around the world, and certainly one of the most popular ceremonies. The awards are given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has the goal to promote the improvement and quality of art and science used in making films. It is an incredible honor to receive such an award, and it is considered to be the mark of a true artist.

The history of the award

When we talk about motion pictures, we sometimes tend to only focus on movies played by actors, but it should be noted that the award for the best-animated film has a long history. The Best Animated Short Film award was established in 1930, and the Best Animated Feature was established in 2001. The reason behind that is that full-length feature animated films were rarely considered, aside from a few cases, like Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1938, or Toy Story in 1996. Only one animated film was considered for the Best Picture award, and that is The Beauty and the Beast in 1991. However, in the years leading up to 2001, the market for animated pictures grew, and the Academy was forced to make a new category.

Some of the winners so far

Some of the previous award winners include Shrek, The Incredibles, How to Train Your Dragon, WALL-E, Up, Ratatouille, Brave, Big Hero 6, and numerous others. In the 2020 Awards, there will be five contenders for the prestigious title. Regardless of who wins the award, each of the contesting pictures is a work of art to be appreciated.

1. Toy Story 4

The fourth part of the story of Woody did not dissolve the thrill and enjoyment which is usually to be expected with sequels. The story, voiced by stars like Tom Hanks, Annie Potts, and Tony Hale focuses on change and emotional growth, and the quality of animation is impeccable, which is evident from the cartoon’s box office record-breaking result.

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2. How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World

This year’s Awards might be in the marked by sequels, as this one comes straight from DreamWorks, and is the third part in the famous series. The main character is voiced by Jay Baruchel, and this part focuses on the relationship of Toothless with his new companion named Light Fury. The thrilling animation team did an excellent job, especially with the numerous textures present in the picture.

3. Klaus

From Sergio Pablos, the creator of Despicable Me (2010) and Netflix, this animated movie represents a decade-long struggle to reinvent 2D animation in a way that would be acceptable to the contemporary audience. However, not everyone shared this artist’s vision, as it was difficult to find support in Hollywood. However, the animation which beautifully combined the traditional 2D basis, which is accentuated by some of the 21st-century technology, and combined with an unusual Christmas story can warm even the coldest of hearts.

4. I Lost My Body

This animated picture comes from France, and it is a thrilling story about a disembodied hand, combined with a story about romantic love. The animation on this one has won over the vast majority of the critics.

5. Missing Link

Presented with an almost retro aesthetic, this adventure story about finding one’s family and identity is certain to tickle anyone’s imagination. The characters are voiced by actors such as Hugh Jackman and Stephen Fry, and the imagery, which is created by stop-motion animation tells us that there is a lot of effort and resources put into the making of this animated movie.

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