2015 Oscars: 7 Family Friendly Academy Award Nominees

The full list of nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards have been announced, and the winners will be awarded their Oscar statuettes on February 22, 2015. If you’re interested in getting your kids involved in the award show, too, go see one of these films over the weekend, and use our printable ballot below.

Big Hero 6

Read our review of Disney's Big Hero 6 and what kids can learn from the action-packed comedy-adventure as high-tech heroes come together to solve a mystery.

Oscars Nomination: Animated Feature Film

 Big Hero 6 (PG) is an action-packed comedy-adventure about a gifted robotics prodigy, Hiro Hamada, and his inflatable robot, Baymax. After a terrible turn of events, Hiro is forced out of his room and into the streets of San Fransokyo. Thanks to the help of his like-minded friends, the band of high-tech heroes solve the mystery, and save their city. Read the full movie review here.



Oscars Nominations: Music (Original Score), Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects

Interstellar (PG-13) features stunning visuals and a story that’s both original and reminiscent of classic space epics, particularly 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Read the full movie review here.

Into the Woods


 Oscars Nominations: Actress (in a Supporting Role) – Meryl Streep, Costume Design, Production Design

The screenplay, Into the Woods (PG), beautifully intertwines classic stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and others. The major motion picture has become a record-breaking, box-office hit musical with three Golden Globe nominations, a hot-selling soundtrack and kudos from audiences, critics and even fans of the original Broadway show. But what makes the movie wonderful could be lost on or confusing to young children.

Read the full movie review here.

Guardians of the Galaxy


Oscars Nominations: Visual Effects, Makeup and Hairstyling

Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) is the newest entry to the Marvel adaptations. Your child is most likely begging to see the film. You may have seen the trailers and think this film is just a mindless action movie. It is definitely that, but behind the explosions this film also has good morals, unique characters, and a great story.

Read the full movie review here.

How to Train Your Dragon 2


Oscars Nomination: Animated Feature Film

The beautifully animated sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG), is more action packed than the first, while keeping the same charm and humor as the original. If your child has seen the first, they may be anxious to see the sequel but it may be too much for their younger siblings.

Read the full movie review here.



Oscars Nomination: Costume Design

 Maleficent (PG) tells the untold story of the memorable villain from Disney’s 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. Like Wicked for preteens, the movie is a revisionist take on the popular fairy tale, revealing the events that shaped the villain we thought we knew, and suggesting that maybe she’s not so bad after all.

Read the full movie review here.

The LEGO Movie

Is the Lego Movie Okay for Kids?

Oscars Nomination: Music (Original Song)

 The LEGO Movie (PG) is a family-friendly movie that has been praised by critics and viewers alike. It is more motivational than educational.

Read the full movie review here.



Click the image above, and print your ballot.

Share what movies you’re seeing, who you think will win, and all of the other things you’re trying this weekend in the comments below or on social media by tagging @K12Learn on Twitter and Instagram.

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