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The Top 25* Best Animated Feature Winners So Far (Updated for 2023)

First of all, I hope you all are enjoying your summer. Whether you’re off or working, I wish nothing but fun and safety for you all. 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 Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio wind up placing? Read on below to find out…

Here are what I consider to be the 22 (since there aren’t yet 25) best winners of the Best Animated Feature Oscar, to date:


21. Encanto

21. Brave

20. Spirited Away

19. Soul

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. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

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


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


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3 months ago

I just wish they had started this category sooner.

1.Toy Story 3
7.Toy Story 4
8.Inside Out
11.Finding Nemo
13.Wallace & Gromit The Curse of The Were Rabbit
14.Happy Feet
15.The Incredibles
18.Big Hero 6
19.Spider Man: Into the Spider Verse
20.Guillermo del Toro’ Pinocchio
22.Spirited Away



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