Lots of strong nominees, but it’s a race between “Piper,” “Borrowed Time” and “Pearl.”  The photocell animation of “Piper” and its charming universal story should find it in the winners circle. As of [Feb. 14]

1. “Piper”
2. “Borrowed Time”
3. “Pearl”
4. “Pear Cider and Cigarettes”
5. “Blind Vashya”

Gregory Ellwood’s Current Oscar Predictions:
Best Picture
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Original Screenplay
Adapted Screenplay
Production Design
Animated Feature Film
Foreign Language Film
Documentary Feature
Original Score
Original Song
Costume Design
Makeup and Hairstyling
Visual Effects
Sound Mixing
Sound Editing