Top 10 Animated Movies that Didn't Win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

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These are the animated films that are revered for their greatness by audiences, but didn't receive any coveted Oscar gold. Some were beaten out by stiff completion. Some were absolutely stiffed by the committee. Some weren't even nominated for the award at all! Anyhow, this list basically serves as a best of the runners-up list for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. They may not have won the award, but they won many hearts across the world. These are only films that have been released after 2001, seeing as that's when the award was first introduced.

(By the way, a couple movies from 2016 will be on this list in the future. Zootopia, Finding Dory, Moana, and Kubo can't ALL win the award).

The Top Ten

1 How to Train Your Dragon

Why am I not surprised that almost all of the awards were stolen by DISNEY? - Mcgillacuddy

It's the best DreamWorks film in my opinion - TwilightKitsune

Actually I feel the sequel would be number 1 so
2014 winner: Big Hero 6

2010 Winner: Toy Story 3

How to Train Your Dragon is, in my opinion, DreamWorks Animation's finest film. It has everything. Great humor, a fantastic story, relatable characters, and stunning animation. I love this movie dearly but I can totally see why Toy Story 3 won the award. 2010 was a great year for animated movies in general. - phillysports

2 Shrek 2

2004 Winner: The Incredibles

DreamWorks constantly gets overshadowed by Pixar and Disney when it comes to the Academy awards. I don't really know why that is. Anyway, Shrek 2 is an overall great sequel to a great movie. In my opinion, it's actually BETTER than the original Shrek. It has great jokes, a great story, and a surprising surplus of heart, as well. However, it's hard to beat the absolute awesomeness that is Pixar's The Incredibles. - phillysports

3 The Lego Movie

2014 Winner: Big Hero 6
(The Lego Movie wasn't even nominated! )

The fact that The Lego Movie wasn't even nominated for this award will go down as one of the biggest Oscar shafts in animation history. You can even make a case that it should have WON the award, let alone be nominated for it. Anyway, this is a great, creative movie with an unforgettable sense of humor and fantastic message about the creative spirit. - phillysports

4 Monsters, Inc.

2001 Winner: Shrek

Monsters, Inc. is a classic for a reason. It has a genius concept for an animated movie, tons of great characters and jokes, as well as Pixar's signature brand of feels. Shrek just narrowly beat it in the first year the award was handed out. - phillysports

5 How to Train Your Dragon 2

2014 Winner: Big Hero 6

How To Train Your Dragon 2 was a great follow up to one of the greatest animated films ever. The characters continue their story with funny moments and dramatic moments galore. However, when it comes to Disney vs. DreamWorks, the committee will usually pick Disney every time. - phillysports

6 Kung Fu Panda 2

2011 Winner: Rango

One thing that DreamWorks has really mastered is the ability to make high quality sequels that continue the journey of the protagonist. Kung Fu Panda 2 improves upon the original with tons of emotional scenes and stunning kung fu sequences. The western Rango just narrowly beat it out in 2011. - phillysports

7 Wreck-It Ralph

2012 Winner: Brave (unfortunately)

When Brave beat Wreck-it Ralph in 2012, many people (me included) were ticked off. It didn't feel right that one of Pixar's weakest films got the upper hand over one of the greatest movies that Walt Disney Animation Studios has ever made. Even though it didn't win, Wreck-It Ralph has a consolation prize for being remembered much more fondly today than Brave will ever be. - phillysports

8 Ice Age

2002 Winner: Spirited Away

It feels really bad that when people think of Ice Age, they usually think of brainless, stupid kiddy films that are made just to make money. The thing is, the first Ice Age is actually really, REALLY good. All the characters are funny and work off each other well, the journey they go through is filled with adventure, and the movie actually has a lot of heart to it. An Ice Age movie with HEART?! What has the world come to?! While this movie is a classic of my childhood and still one of my favorite animated movies ever, it can't compete with the utter genius of Hayao Miyazaki. - phillysports

9 Tangled

2010 Winner: Toy Story 3
(Tangled wasn't even nominated! )

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I really like Tangled. The characters are lovable, the story is just genius, and the songs are pretty catchy, too. Without Tangled, we wouldn't have gotten Frozen, and I greatly respect this movie and its impact. It's really weird that it wasn't even nominated, though. "I See the Light" was even shafted the Best Original Song Oscar, too. - phillysports

10 The Simpsons Movie V 1 Comment

The Contenders

11 Song of the Sea
12 Howl's Moving Castle
13 The Polar Express
14 Finding Dory
15 Despicable Me V 1 Comment
16 Despicable Me 2 V 1 Comment
17 Megamind V 1 Comment
18 Disney's a Christmas Carol

One of the more faithful adaptations of the famous story.

19 Beowulf
20 Persepolis
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