Oscars: 'Peanuts Movie,' 'Good Dinosaur' Snubbed as GKIDS Earns Two Animated Feature Noms

Indie distributor GKIDS' 'Boy and the World' and 'When Marnie Was There' will compete against 'Anomalisa,' 'Inside Out' and 'Shaun the Sheep Movie.'
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'When Marnie Was There'

A couple films considered strong contenders for nominations in the category for animated feature — Pixar's The Good Dinosaur and Fox/Blue Sky's The Peanuts Movie — failed to earn nominations as indie distributor GKIDS grabbed two spots for The Boy and the World and When Marnie Was There.

GKIDS also crashed the animated feature Oscar race last season when two of its movies — The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (from Japan-based Studio Ghibli) and Song of the Sea (Ireland's Cartoon Saloon) — earned nominations, leaving no room for presumed frontrunner The Lego Movie. Since 2009, GKIDS has now scored eight best animated feature Oscar nominations.

This year, the nominees in the animated feature category include the two GKIDS movies, as well as expected nominees Inside Out from Pixar, Paramount/Starburn Industries' Charlie Kaufman-penned Anomalisa and Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep Movie.

When Marnie Was There is the final theatrical feature from iconic Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli. Directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Marnie is based on a children's classic of the same name by British author Joan G. Robinson and features the studio's dreamy hand-drawn animation.

Boy and the World was directed by Brazilian artist Ale Abreu. It's a hand-drawn experience that depicts the wonders and struggles of the modern world as seen through the eyes of a young boy. The film's music includes pan flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop.

A third GKIDS film, producer Salma Hayek's passion project, Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, based on a collection of philosophical poems by Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, received a lot of attention this season but failed to earn a nomination.

This year represents a range of animation techniques as the GKIDS movies are hand-drawn, Inside Out represents CG, and Anamolisa and Shaun the Sheep both feature stop-motion.