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Oscars 2016: In the animation race, some favorites and some little-seen gems

Oscars 2016: In the animation race, some favorites and some little-seen gems

Pixar’s blockbuster about sadness, Charlie Kaufman’s Kickstarter dream project, Hayao Miyazaki’s (probable) lush swan song, England’s swashbuckling silent film starring a sheep and a Brazilian boy’s kaleidoscopic journey are the animated features earning Oscar nods this year.

The odds-on favorite to win is director/co-writer Pete Docter’s “Inside Out,” last summer’s mammoth hit that collected more than $855 million in global box office receipts. The film, led by Amy Poehler's ebullient Joy, deconstructs the emotional journey of a girl as she’s uprooted from the Midwest for a new life in San...

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