Hollywood: Animated films at the Oscars!

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Mumbai, Feb. 6 -- As we wait to know which animated film from among the top contenders, takes home the honour at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, here's the best of the genre that made history at the Oscars.
 
SHREK (2001)
 
The highly popular film Shrek won the award for The Best Animated Film in the very first year the category was introduced. The movie beat rival animation studio, Pixar's offering Monsters, Inc. to clinch the honour at the 74th Academy Awards. Few have been able to achieve the feat. The film grew into an epic franchise and spawned video games, stage musicals, and a comic book. 
 
UP (2009) 
 
One of the most talked-about films of that year, it was no surprise that Up emerged the winner. The Pete Docter film not only won in the Best Animated Film category, but got nominated for the Best Picture category. Looks like the quirky, unexpected friendship between the affable widower Carl and the lovable Golden retriever Dug really struck a chord with the audience. 
 
RATATOUILLE (2007) 
 
Ever heard of a rat who wants to be chef? No? Neither had the audience, till Pixar came up with the brilliant Ratatouille, in 2007. The Best Animated Film winner at 79th Academy Awards, Ratatouille was voted one of the 100 greatest motion pictures of the 21st century by a 2016 poll of international critics conducted by BBC. The film did more than just tell a tale, and resonated with every aspiring individual who dares to dream. 
 
TOY STORY 3 (2010) 
 
Pixar doubled its stellar track record at the Oscars when its 2010 offering Toy Story 3 was nominated not only for The Best Animated Film category, but for The Best Picture, at the 83rd Academy Awards. Pixar achieved this feat two years in a row, with Up (2009) making it to nominations in both categories in the previous year. 
 
FROZEN (2013) 
 
Sisters. You love them, you hate them, but you simply cannot ignore them, and Disney's epic retelling of the fairy tale was all about sibling love. Frozen won not only the Best Animation Film award, but also the Best Original Song, for the famous song Let It Go, at the 86th Academy Awards. Frozen is still the highest-grossing animated film of all time. 
 
ZOOTOPIA (2016)
 
This was yet another masterpiece from Pixar, and had a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox come together to uncover a conspiracy. The fantasy film is funny, and beautifully designed, with a message at every turn. The movie was not only an instant hit with the audience but also won The Best Animated Film award at the 89th Academy Awards that year. A must-watch for everyone!