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I know it's weird to pull this topic up over a year after it was relevant and all but occasionally this just rattles around in my mind and I've already asked it on another forum and not gotten an answer.

The 2016 Visual Effects Society Awards. The best animated performance in an animated feature category has four nominees; Spot, Joy, Snoopy, and Charlie Brown. Joy won.

How did Joy win?

Seriously, I don't know as much about animation as I'd like, I'm fully open to the idea I'm just missing something, I want someone to explain it to me. Do they release their reasoning somewhere?

At first I thought "Maybe it's because she's so expressive", but then I thought "So was everyone else". Then I thought "Maybe it's because she goes through such a wide range of emotions", but then I thought "So does everyone else". Then I thought "Maybe it's because she's so full of energy" but then I thought "So was Snoopy". 

I'm not saying I don't love Joy's animation, I do, I just don't see what makes it better than the others'.
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Interesting question. The problem with all awards shows is that they never reveal their rationale behind their decision. If I could have one of those questions answered, I'd like to know how Happy Feet won over Cars (between the story, score, and animation quality there was no contest in my opinion).

Regarding Joy, if I had to take a guess - she won because I believe her character did go through the greatest emotional range over the others (along with a lot of other areas I'll randomly list). Being as that she was an original character, I think that holds some extra weight in my opinion as well (compared to Snoopy or Charlie Brown) who have more defined actions, styles, and such. Compared to Spot (I guess this would also apply to Snoopy as well), since they're mostly non-speaking characters, there's maybe a little extra weight placed on Joy as well.

To me, the final benefit to Joy over some of the others would be the effect that was created for her body as well - I believe the roiling, bubbling nature of her skin added an extra depth...oh, and she was a light source (lit from the inside). So, to me, if I'm looking at all the factors...she was the most original of the bunch, that was also the most emotionally charged in terms of vocal and animation depth (think of the subtleness when she's hugging herself in the memory dump) and finally, I believe she was the most difficult rig to complete too.

Again, my thoughts - but to me, it was a runaway if I think about it.
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