‘Encanto’: 4th Disney film to win the Oscar for best animated feature film?

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What do “Frozen” (2013), “Big Hero 6” (2014) and “Zootopia” (2016) have in common? To date, these are the only three Walt Disney Animation Studios films not co-produced by Pixar to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. (See historical winners.) This year, “Encanto” hopes to join that esteemed list by becoming Disney’s fourth overall champion. And he’s in an excellent position to do so, as he currently has odds of 37/10 to win, according to Gold Derby predictions.

The animated film’s biggest competition at the Oscars is Pixar’s ‘Luca’, which led the Gold Derby racetrack ratings earlier this season before ‘Encanto’ began to explode at the right time. Rounding out our top 5 predictions in this category are ‘The Mitchells vs the Machines’, ‘Flee’ and ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’.

“Encanto” centers on the Madrigals, a mystical family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, where each child is blessed with a unique gift – except for the central character Mirabel (voiced by Stephanie Beatrice). When the young girl suspects her family is losing their magic, she sets out to find out what’s going on, which leads her to Uncle Bruno, an outcast (John Leguizamo). “Encanto” is co-directed by Jared Bush and Byron Howardwith a screenplay written by Charise Castro Smith and Bush.

Much of the success of ‘Encanto’ can be attributed to the songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose soundtrack made history by topping the Billboard album chart as well as the singles chart for “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”. Although “Bruno” was not submitted for an Oscar in the Best Song category, another “Encanto” song written by Miranda was: “Dos Oruguitas”. This tune is currently in second place to win, according to Gold Derby predictions, behind only the song “No Time to Die” (from the movie “No Time to Die”) by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell.

In addition to its critical acclaim, which includes a “Certified Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes, “Encanto” received nine Annie Award nominations, including Best Animated Feature. He also scored offers at the BAFTAs, Critics Choice Awards, Gold Derby Awards and Golden Globes (which he won). And “Encanto” was recently recognized by the film industry at the Art Directors Guild and the Visual Effects Society Awards.

Recent films produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios that lost the Oscar race include “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (2018), “Moana” (2016), “Wreck-It Ralph” (2012) and “The Princess and the Frog ” (2009). Can “Encanto” prevail where they have all faltered?

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