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    Jan 24, 2017

    This Kid Isn't Happy With The Academy Awards' Best Animated Feature Nominees

    "This is weird. I've never heard of these movies."

    This year’s Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, and like most years, there were a few snubs that have people talking.


    Like the one of Amy Adams, whose nomination for Best Actress never, ahem, arrived.

    However, the category with the most snubs — at least in the eyes of my seven-year-old daughter — was Best Animated Feature. These were the nominees:

    Kubo and the Two Strings

    Focus Features

    This stop-motion fantasy is set in ancient Japan and follows Kubo, a boy with magical powers who has to fight off evil spirits.



    You know this one.

    My Life As A Zuchini

    Gebeka Films

    This critically acclaimed, French language film tells the story of a nine-year old boy following the loss of his parents.

    The Red Turtle

    Wild Bunch

    This story of a man who gets shipwrecked on an island and befriends a red turtle is a critically-acclaimed French/Belgium/Japanese production.



    You know this one too.

    To learn more, BuzzFeed reached out to my daughter for comment (over cereal this morning).

    While she was pleased by the nominations for Moana and Zootopia, she was perplexed by the remaining selections.

    “This is weird,” she said. “I’ve never heard of these other movies. But I’d like to see ‘My Life As A Zuchini’ because that sounds silly. And wait... is Kubo that one you said was too scary for me when it came out?”


    According to this seven-year-old, the most egregious omission was Trolls. “They should have picked it because it is so, so cute! And all of the songs are really good.”

    20th Century Fox

    When told Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from the movie was nominated for Best Original Song, she said, “Well, that’s good at least.”

    Also, conspicuously missing? Sing. “They should've picked Sing too because all of the singing was so fun and I loved the pig mom who has all of the kids!”

    Universal Pictures

    “Ooh!” she said as our interview neared an end (because she’d finished her cereal). “They forgot Finding Dory and Storks too! How could they have forgot them?"

    Warner Bros.

    "Storks was so cute. I love how the little boy wanted a little brother, but ended up with a little sister! But then he loved her because she had ninja skills!"

    For the record — while she's unhappy with the many snubs — she's pulling for Zootopia.


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