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The 2014 Oscars: Predicting the Best Animated, Foreign and Documentary films

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Each day this week, we've been making predictions in several of the categories for this year's Academy Awards, which airs this Sunday. Today, let's look at the three big feature film categories other than Best Picture: Best Animated Feature, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Documentary Feature.

Best Animated Feature. There is really no question that this year, the Animated Film will come from Walt Disney Pictures with the mega-hit and critically-acclaimed Frozen. Ernest & Celestine just isn't as well know and I don't believe there is enough wind behind The Wind Rises for it to take flight, despite its director, Hayao Miyazaki, having won the award previously with Spirited Away in 2002. That leaves the sub-par Despicable Me 2 and The Croods, each of which had quite a powerful campaign this awards season, but simply weren't as good of films as Frozen.

Best Foreign Language Film. It's really a strong year, but look for Palestine's Omar and Italy's The Great Beauty to duke it out (although if you're looking for a true dark horse in this category, go with Denmark's The Hunt). I believe that the sheer brilliance of The Great Beauty will edge out the gritty thriller, Omar.

Best Documentary Feature. 20 Feet From Stardom - the documentary about back-up singers of classic, popular songs whom never were given the spotlight - has caught a lot of late steam in this race. The front-runner had been the shocking film, The Act of Killing, but now it could be either film. That being said, The Square - about the Arab Spring in Egypt - was for me the best of the bunch and the one that resonated the longest. Hopefully the Academy will agree, as I think The Square will end up eeking out the win.

Tomorrow, we start tackling the big categories: Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. If you've missed my previous predictions in the technical and Short Film categories, you can find them at the links below.

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