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The Top 25 Best Animated Feature Winners So Far

Can’t stop, won’t stop! Time for another one, ladies and gentlemen. Continuing a tradition I’ve been keen on for years, I’m ranking the new crop of Academy Award winners. For nearly all of the Oscar categories, you’ll see me list the top 25 recipients of that prize. Sometimes, our newest winner will appear. Other times, they’ll be relegated to the Honorable Mention category. Who knows, maybe one or two won’t even make the cut? It’s a list series that I’ll do each and every single year, in the weeks after the ceremony concludes. So, while this is a fun way to think about the Oscars in the aftermath of the latest telecast, it’s also a beginning for another column here on the site. Of course, definitely show us your own lists as well, in the comments section below. We’re definitely keen to know what you think!

Today’s category is Best Animated Feature. As you all know, for better or (to a select few) worse, Pixar has dominated this category, almost since its inception. A full twelve of the twenty Animated Feature winners have been Pixar offerings. Among those dozen, they’re very well spaced out on the list you’re about to see. For my money, they have the top two spots in Toy Story 3 and WALL-E, with a non Disney/Pixar effort next in line with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Other things that make the top tier slots include Coco, Frozen, Inside Out, Shrek, and Up. Where did the latest winner in Soul wind up placing? Read on below to find out…

Here are what I consider to be the 20 (since there aren’t yet 25) best winners of the Best Animated Feature Oscar, to date:


20. Spirited Away

19. Brave

18. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

17. Rango

16. Ratatouille

15. Happy Feet

14. Big Hero 6

13. Zootopia

12. Finding Nemo

11. Soul

10. The Incredibles

9. Inside Out

8. Shrek

7. Toy Story 4

6. Coco

5. Up

4. Frozen

3. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


1. Toy Story 3

In Disney and Pixar’s “Soul,” Joe Gardner is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is playing jazz, and his dedication to his dream is steadfast—he lives alone in his Queens apartment, immersing himself in his music, and when he does venture out, he spends most of his time talking about jazz. But when he finds himself in another realm helping someone else find their passion, he discovers what it truly means to have “Soul.” Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers and produced by Academy Award® nominee Dana Murray, p.g.a. ©2020 Disney/Pixar. All rights reserved.

Stay tuned for another category later on this week or early next week!


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