Oscars 2020: Best Animated Feature Predictions

Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” leads a field of sequel-heavy studio contenders for Best Animated Feature, along with rival Disney’s “Frozen 2” (November 22) and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” But indies are well represented, too, with GKids’ Cambodian drama, “Funan,” and Netflix’s creepy mystery, “I Lost My Body,” as the most acclaimed contenders. “The Lion King,” though, is an unlikely player with its breakthrough photo-realistic animation because of its live-action Disney’s marketing focus. They’re aiming for a VFX nod.

Yet “Toy Story 4” has set the bar this season. It exceeded expectations and broke the franchise box office record as well. Pixar proved there was definitely one more story to tell with Woody’s (Tom Hanks) existential journey with Bo Peep (Annie Potts) about change, growth, and happiness. The studio upped its animation (from the porcelain shepherdess to the complex antique shop), and
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