2016 Family-Friendly Oscar-Nominated Movies

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by: Erin Dower
The 2016 Oscar nominations are in, and they include several family-friendly flicks, with Best Animated Feature, Best Costume Design, and Best Visual Effects all up for grabs. Check out what films have earned this top honor, and find the perfect pick for your next family movie night. For a full list of nominations, visit the Oscars website. Also, check out these 11 classic Oscar-winning movies for kids.
Inside Out movie poster
Inside Out
Rated: PG

Join young Riley as she and her range of emotions — Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness — adjust to a new city, school, and home. Featuring the voices of Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Bill Hader, it's sure to be a joy ride!

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film, Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

Shaun the Sheep Movie
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Rated: PG

From the creators of the witty Wallace and Gromit claymation series comes a brand new adventure starring Shaun the Sheep. After a mix-up with the Farmer, Shaun and his flock end up in the Big City, where they try to blend in as humans until they can find their way back to the pasture.

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

Boy & The World
Boy & The World
Rated: PG

This critically acclaimed animated film has received more than 40 film festival awards. A little boy goes on a colorful quest to find his father. The Brazilian film features very little dialogue except some imaginary language (actually backwards Portuguese), but the visuals and music tell the story.

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

When Marnie Was There
When Marnie Was There
Rated: PG

This stunning Japanese film is available in an English language version featuring the voices of Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Keirnan Shipka (Mad Men), Kathy Bates, John C. Reilly, and several other U.S. stars. A lonesome girl becomes enthralled with an abandoned mansion and the (imaginary?) girl who lives there.

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

Cinderella
Cinderella
Rated: PG

This bucolic live-action version of the classic fairy tale stars Lily James (Downton Abbey) as "Ella," and Cate Blanchett as the cruel stepmother. Will the dashing prince (Richard Madden) follow his heart or "marry for the good of the kingdom"?

Nominated for: Best Costume Design

Star Wars, Force Awakens movie
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rated: PG-13

Episode VII has arrived — and is nominated for a whopping five Academy Awards. The film stars a mix of Star Wars veterans (Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher) and newcomers to the blockbuster franchise, like Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and Adam Driver (Girls).

Nominated for: Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects