HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 27: (L-R) Jared Bush, Clark Spencer, Yvett Merino and Byron Howard accept the Animated Feature Film award for 'Encanto' onstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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The Top 25* Best Animated Feature Winners So Far (Updated)

First of all, I hope you all had a fun and safe July 4th holiday earlier on in the week. Now, on to business, since it’s 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 CocoFrozenInside OutShrek, and Up. Where did the latest winner in Encanto wind up placing? Read on below to find out…

Here are what I consider to be the 21 (since there aren’t yet 25) best winners of the Best Animated Feature Oscar, to date:


21. Encanto

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

MEET MIRABEL – Welcome to the family Madrigal where every child is blessed with a magic gift unique to them. Everyone, that is, except Mirabel. Voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, Mirabel is determined to prove she belongs within this extraordinary family. Opening in the U.S. on Nov. 24, 2021, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

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


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1 year ago

One of my favorite categories!
I will always be miffed that Lilo and Stitch didn’t get it being my favorite ( at least the winner is acceptable)but I refuse to be rational about Brave getting it over Frankenwinnie!

1. Toy Story 3
2. Up
3 Zootopia
4. Encanto
5 . Spider- man Into The Spider Verse
6. Toy Story 4
7 . Wall – E
8. Shrek
9. Frozen
10. Inside Out
11. Coco
12 . Big Hero 6
13. Spirited Away
14 . Finding Nemo
15. Ratatouille
16 . Soul
17. Happy Feet
18. The Incredibles
19. Rango
20. Wallace & Gromit The Curse of The Ware Rabbit
21. Brave

1 year ago
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Kelly D
Kelly D
1 year ago

Today’s ranking of the winners

1.     WALL*E
2.     Spirited Away
3.     Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
4.     Ratatouille
5.     Finding Nemo
6.     Inside Out
7.     Shrek
8.     Toy Story 3
9.     Coco
10.  Up
11.  The Incredibles
12.  Zootopia
13.  Rango
14.  Big Hero 6
15.  Encanto
16.  Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
17.  Toy Story 4
18.  Soul
19.  Brave
20.  Frozen
21.  Happy Feet



Written by Joey Magidson

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