Top 10 Animated Movies that Should've Been Nominated for Best Picture

With the Oscars coming up, I figured I'd make a list about them. I've mentioned before that the Academy Awards seem to have a bias against animation. Which is quite odd when you think about it. Animated films always end up on several "Best Of" lists and if done well, they can appeal to adults as much as children. So far, only three animated movies have been nominated for the prestigious Best Picture award. They are Beauty and the Beast in 1991, Up in 2009, and Toy Story 3 in 2010. The movies on this list have received widespread acclaim from both critics and audiences, but have received little to no recognition from the Academy outside of the "Best Animated Feature" category. Here are the best animated films to not get a Best Picture nomination.

NOTE: These movies are not necessarily ranked in terms of their individual quality. They're more ranked in terms of how much they were snubbed by the nominations committee.

The Top Ten

1 Toy Story

Umm...Where's Toy Story 3 in this list? You're kinda joking, aren't you? - Victoryboy

It was already nominated for Best Picture, therefore it doesn't qualify for this list. - phillysports

This really should have won!

1995 Best Picture Nominees:
Braveheart (winner)
Apollo 13
Sense and Sensibility
Il Postino: The Postman

Toy Story is a truly groundbreaking film in the history of cinema. As the first completely computer-animated film ever made, it brought in tons of critical praise, was a massive financial success, and most importantly, it announced to the world that a little studio named Pixar was going to change family films forever. It's not even really a "kid's movie" bias that kept Toy Story out of the Best Picture nominations. Babe was actually nominated that year over it. I guess the Academy just liked talking pigs more than talking toys. - phillysports

2 The Lion King

The story of a cub named Simba and his family. The movie makes me cry. Should be awarded the best animated movie.

These The Lion King haters make me laugh so hard by how pathetic they are.

Yeah, it's still the best animated movie of all time (my opinion). At least it won 2 Oscars and got nominated for 4. - PeeledBanana

It should never be awarded the best animated movie, or the best movie of all time. It is wrong. This movie deserves to be destroyed and rid out of existence, and all of it's characters deserve to die.

TLK haters are not pathetic. TLK fans are the ones who are pathetic.

I will cut Simba's head off and burn him down to the ground.

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3 Inside Out

Not my most favorite from Pixar, but it is one of my favorites from Pixar. They were really thinking outside the box with this one when it came to the psychological and emotional aspects of how humans feel emotion every day and how it affects them. And the personification of some of Riley's different emotions and the events that occur as a result of their actions really made for quite a fun watch. It's a really good combination of storytelling, great visuals, psychological depth, comedy, emotions, and amazing characters. Just goes to show you that Pixar hasn't lost its charm and will continue to maintain it in the years to come. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

To me this was the best film of 2015, a masterpiece through and through. There was no excuse to not nominate it. - SuperSonic17

At least Inside Out won the Academy Award for the Best Animated Feature - ZootopiaFan

Worst Pixar film ever.

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4 Spirited Away

This is not only my favorite anime movie, but this is also my favorite movie of all time. All you need to do is see my entire review on this Hayao Miyazaki gem to know how much I love this Studio Ghibli film. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Beautiful film. One of my favorites.

Dare I point out that Spirited Away was never really a contender what with Lord of the Rings' second outing, a Martin Scorsese gang epic, a Holocaust film directed by a real life survivor Roman Polanski and eventual winner Chicago in contention.

Chicago is widely considered responsible for the re-emmergence of the movie musical. Without Chicago there would be no Mamma Mia!, Enchanted or Sunshine on Leith. - jezza0

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6 Finding Nemo

At least return of the king won - VideoGamefan5


2003 Best Picture Nominees:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (winner)
Lost in Translation
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Mystic River

Anyone who is a fan of animation has seen Finding Nemo. It's an immortal classic and one of the most beloved films of all time, let alone animated films. We all knew that Lord of the Rings was going to eventually win Best Picture, but it would have been nice to see this underwater adventure get a little bit of higher recognition from Oscar voters. At least it walked away with a Best Original Screenplay nomination. - phillysports

7 Zootopia

@Videogamefan5 - Yes we get the point you think it's overrated - NOBODY CARES

It should of been nominated for most overrated movie - VideoGamefan5

Best Movie of 2016! - TwilightKitsune

I LIKE this movie! - Victoryboy

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8 Tangled
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10 How to Train Your Dragon

I love this movie.

2010 Best Picture Nominees:
The King's Speech (winner)
The Social Network
The Fighter
Black Swan
True Grit
Toy Story 3
127 Hours
Winter's Bone
The Kids Are Alright

I love Toy Story 3, but when it comes down to it, I believe How to Train Your Dragon is an overall better movie. The film is action-filled, funny, and looks absolutely astonishing. I think the main reason why Toy Story 3 was chosen over it was because of Pixar's larger name recognition and that it was from an established, critically-lauded franchise. Both How to Train Your Dragon and Toy Story 3 are great films. But if I were to pick one over the other, I'd take the former. - phillysports

The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 The Iron Giant

This movie is so heartwarming and ever since I've seen it,it's been a favorite of mine. It's such a great story and is very well drawn. Unfortunately this never got the attention it deserved when it was realised.

12 Shrek
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14 Monsters, Inc.
15 Fantasia
16 Cars

Yep Bros, I Had the Guts to put this on the list, You can't do anything about it! - VideoGamefan5

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18 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

South Park is awesome. The singing ruined this film a bit though. This film gets a 7.5/10. The singing RUINS EVERYTHING! Why, South Park? Whyyy?!?!?! - AlphaQ

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19 The Little Mermaid V 1 Comment
20 The Lego Movie

Good movie, I really liked it, I can't Believe it's been almost 3 years since I saw this in the theaters, and the lego batman movie is going To suck, open your eyes! - VideoGamefan5

It really should not be nominated sorry to you who liked it. But to me I don't get why some people liked it. To me it was the most stupidest thing I have ever seen and no real story line - lbelle0527

My favorite animated movie! It got so snubbed at the oscars that I got angry. I wasn't TOO mad though because big hero 6 won (which is a great movie in my opinion) - Phillip873

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