How Many Of The 27 Oscar-Qualifying 2016 Animated Feature Films Have You Seen?

A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the animated feature film category for the 89th Academy Awards. The number of Oscar-qualifying films has risen greatly over the past few years. For instance, last year there were just 16 films submitted. But with so many films submitted to the Academy, I wonder how many of these movies have you seen? Hit the jump to see the list of 2016 Oscar-Qualifying Animated Feature Films.

2016 Oscar-Qualifying Animated Feature Films

The submitted animated features in 2016 (listed in alphabetical order):

The Angry Birds Movie

April and the Extraordinary World


Finding Dory

Ice Age: Collision Course

Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kung Fu Panda 3

The Little Prince

Long Way North

Miss Hokusai


Monkey King: Hero Is Back


Mustafa & the Magician

My Life as a Zucchini

Phantom Boy

The Red Turtle

Sausage Party

The Secret Life of Pets





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Now I must admit, of these films I have only seen Finding Dory, Sausage Party, The Secret Life of Pets and Zootopia. In the next couple weeks I'll add Sing, Moana and Kubo and the Two Strings to that list, and at some point, I also plan on seeing The Red Turtle and The Little Prince — but that's still only nine of the twenty-seven entries. How many of these animated feature films have you seen?

The category will have five nominees this year, as sixteen or more films have been submitted. According to the Academy, not all of the films have had their required Los Angeles qualifying run, but that is expected to take place before the year's end.

Disney/Pixar has won the animated feature film category for eight of the last nine years:

2015: Inside Out – Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

2014: Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

2013: Frozen – Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho

2012: Brave – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman

2011: Rango – Gore Verbinski

2010: Toy Story 3 – Lee Unkrich

2009: Up – Pete Docter

2008: WALL-E – Andrew Stanton

2007: Ratatouille – Brad Bird

This has caused some in the industry to raise concerns over both the legitimacy of the category and the qualifications of those who judge the group. Animated movies are some of the most profitable films each year in Hollywood, yet reports have suggested that a lot of Academy voters often don't find the time to watch all of the qualifying films even though they are sent screeners. This may explain how Disney and Pixar movies always get the golden statue, year after year.

This year's animated Oscar will be interesting because there are three Disney animated films in contention: Zootopia, Moana, and Finding Dory. And films like Kubo and the Two Strings, The Little Prince and The Red Turtle have all garnered considerable critical acclaim.