Academy Awards

Pixar Snubbed at the 86th Academy Awards

Academy Awards, Monsters University, The Blue Umbrella

Posted by Brkyo614 • January 16, 2014

The Oscars have been kind to Pixar over the years – with the exception of Cars 2, all of the studio’s features have been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film since the creation of the category in 2001. As a result, it came as a huge shock when Monsters University went unmentioned during this morning’s 2014 nomination announcements. Instead, these five films were chosen for the Best Animated category:

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises

The Blue Umbrella wasn’t nominated, either; in fact, it didn’t even make the shortlist for Best Animated Short Film. The five in that category were:

  • Feral
  • Get a Horse!
  • Mr. Hublot
  • Possessions
  • Room on the Broom

Monsters U was also absent at the Golden Globes, but the Oscars’ five animated film slots made a nomination seem like a safe bet. The film was mostly well-received by critics, so the omission seems to partially be a response to the backlash when Brave took home last year’s award above strong competition. Although Frozen and The Wind Rises are clear contenders to win this time around, the lack of even a nomination for MU is puzzling.

Still, the film has earned some love elsewhere, most notably from the Annies, BAFTAs, and VES Awards. Pixarians took the miss well; director Dan Scanlon tweeted a particularly eloquent response. Ultimately, it’s oddly appropriate that Monsters University, with its messages of moving on from failure and finding new opportunities, didn’t make the cut.

For the full list of nominees, head over to the official Oscars website.

What do you think? Was Monsters University worthy of a nomination?

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (3/1/13)

Academy Awards, Brave, Disney Parks, Monsters University, Ratatouille, Round-Ups

Posted by Brkyo614 • March 1, 2013

Monsters University is just under 4 months away! Get excited with a few new stories below:

Coming to Disneyland Paris + MU at Epcot: Pixar characters’ presence in Disney Parks received a boost this week after Euro Disney’s Phillippe Gas announced a Ratatouille-themed ride making its way to Disneyland Paris in 2014. Further details remain undisclosed, but the attraction sounds like a smart (and obvious) choice for the park. (via Inside the Magic)

Additionally, a gorgeous Monsters University topiary recently debuted at Walt Disney World in preparation for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival on March 6. Head over to MouseSteps (via Pixar Post) to see the astounding attention to detail.

Final Cover Art for The Art of Monsters University; Coming June 11:  Chronicle Books updated the Amazon listing for The Art of Monsters University, replacing the tentative cover art with a final, bolder design. Preorder now at Amazon or Chronicle Books, the latter of which currently lists a June 11, 2013 release date.

Monsters University Theater Standee: Another inventive step in the ad campaign for Monsters University, a Pixar Times reader recently spotted this standee for Pixar’s next film at the cinema. Step behind the blank ID and say ‘cheese’ for your student photo!

Pixar’s Oscar Toast for Brave: Spirits were high at Pixar Animation Studios this week following Brave‘s Oscar win. The official Brave Facebook page posted a few photos of the festivities that ensued; check out the gallery here.

Your thoughts?

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Pixar Takes Home an Oscar for ‘Brave!’

Academy Awards, Brave

Posted by Brkyo614 • February 25, 2013

At last night’s 85th Academy Awards, Brave won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature against Wreck-it Ralph, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Frankenweenie. It’s Pixar’s seventh win in the category, and a return to form after Rango took the award over Cars 2 last year. Disney’s Paperman won for Best Animated Short Film.

The win ignited some controversy over Pixar’s domination of the category, but the hard work behind all of the nominees, Brave included, should be respected. All five films are great, experimenting with some unconventional stories and a variety of animation techniques. But what made me glad about Brave‘s victory was seeing Brenda Chapman onstage with Andrews. It’s heartening to see her tumultuous experience with Brave end on a high note. Watch her and Mark Andrews discuss their win below (via Pixar Post):

Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (11/20/12)

Academy Awards, Blu-Ray, Brave, La Luna, Monsters, Inc., Pixar Employees, Round-Ups, Steve Jobs

Posted by Brkyo614 • November 20, 2012

As the year comes to a close, the excitement surrounding Brave and other 2012 Pixar releases is settling down; all that’s left is the December 19 release of Monsters, Inc. 3D. Nonetheless, a few worthwhile Pixar stories have made the rounds recently.

Pixar Honors Steve Jobs: Many forget the influence of the late Steve Jobs on Pixar’s upbringing, providing essential financial support and leadership for the company up until his death. The studio’s staff, though, have certainly not forgotten – in honor of Jobs’ legacy, the studio recently erected a sign above the entrance to its main building in Emeryville, officially declaring it "The Steve Jobs Building". (Via Pixar Times)

Enrico Casarosa Unveils La Luna Statue: Following his previous tease, La Luna director Enrico Casarosa recently tweeted a first look at a maquette based on the short’s lead character, Bambino. Just 500 will be available exclusively at the Pixar studio store next month, and a wider release is unfortunately unlikely.

Amazon Lists Monsters, Inc. for 3D Blu-ray Release: A month prior to the 3D theatrical release, Amazon is already listing a 5-disc 3D Blu-ray edition of Monsters, Inc. for pre-order. No release date has been announced yet, but check back in the coming months. (Via Pixar Talk)

First "For Your Consideration" Ad for Brave: With the movie awards season rapidly approaching, Pixar is aiming to drum up some enthusiasm among critics through a new ad for Brave, recently seen in Variety. Likely the first of many, the print ad aims to net the film a few Oscar nods by reminding readers of the visceral beauty of Brave. (Awards Daily, via Pixar Talk)

Your thoughts?

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‘La Luna’ Nominated at the 84th Academy Awards!

Academy Awards, La Luna

Posted by Martin • January 24, 2012

Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced today with an honorable mention reserved for one of Pixar’s films.

Disappointingly but unsurprisingly, Cars 2 didn’t garner any nods making it the first Pixar film not to land a spot in the Best Animated Feature category since its inception. On a positive note, Enrico Casarosa’s short, La Luna, is now in the running for Best Animated Short!

Short Film (Animated)
• Dimanche/Sunday – Patrick Doyon
• The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg
• La Luna – Enrico Casarosa
• A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
• Wild Life – Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby

La Luna opens in theatres with Brave on June 22, 2012!

The 84th Academy Awards will be televised LIVE on Sunday, February 26 beginning at 7e/4p in the US.

Congratulations, Enrico Casarosa and the La Luna crew!

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Pixar at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards! [UPDATED LIVE]

Academy Awards, Day & Night, Toy Story 3

Posted by Martin • February 27, 2011

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are here, celebrating the biggest achievements in filmmaking from the past year.

Pixar has a lot to celebrate with a total of six Oscar nominations including a spot in the Best Picture category. Toy Story 3 landed five competitive nods with an additional mention for Day & Night.

Pixar nominations are listed below. During the show, winners will be moved from the "Nominated" list to the "Winners" list. Additionally, Pixar highlights will be posted during the telecast in the "Commentary" section. 

Best Animated Feature FilmToy Story 3 — Lee Unkrich
Best Original SongToy Story 3We Belong Together — Randy Newman

Best Picture — Toy Story 3 — Darla K. Anderson
Best Adapted ScreenplayToy Story 3 — Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
Best Sound EditingToy Story 3 — Tom Myers, Michael Silvers
Best Animated Short FilmDay & Night — Teddy Newton

Check out the rest of the nominees here.

7:30 — Darla K. Anderson’s mom appears on ABC’s "mominees" montage.
8:30Toy Story 3 appears in Best Picture montage.
9:05Best Animated Short up, The Lost Thing wins.
9:10Toy Story 3 wins Best Animated Film! Pixar’s sixth win in the category.
9:10 — Lee Unkrich accepts; thanks Academy, Lasseter, Catmull, et al.
9:15Best Adapted Screenplay up, The Social Network wins.
9:50Best Sound Editing up, Inception wins.
10:00 — Sci-Tech montage, Pixar’s David Laur honored for "Alfred" program.
10:05 — Randy Newman performs "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3!
10:20 — Auto-tuned Toy Story 3 yields "We’re Still Here" by Woody himself! 😉
10:45 — "We Belong Together" by Randy Newman wins Best Original Song!
10:45 — Randy jokes about being nominated twenty times; winning twice.
11:35Toy Story 3 featured in Best Picture montage.
11:40Best Picture up, The King’s Speech wins.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Watch the Oscars today (2/27) starting at 8ET/5PT PM LIVE on ABC! International readers, please check your local listings.

Congratulations, Lee Unkrich, Randy Newman and the entire Toy Story 3 crew!

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GMA: Can TS3 Win Best Picture?

Academy Awards, Awards, Toy Story 3

Posted by Martin • February 24, 2011

Who will win Best Picture? With the Academy Awards only three days away, that’s the question on everybody’s mind.

ABC’s Good Morning America wanted to know Toy Story 3‘s chances at taking home the top prize so they went to Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer, John Lasseter, for his opinions. Check out the interview/profile, embedded below:

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be televised live February 27, 2011 on ABC from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre beginning at 8 PM ET.

Your thoughts?

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Randy Newman and the Oscars Belong Together!

Academy Awards, Randy Newman, Toy Story 3

Posted by Martin • February 4, 2011

Randy Newman, famed composer of the Toy Story series, is set to perform "We Belong Together" at this year’s Oscars.

Audiences around the world got to wipe away their tears as this tune played. Hopefully Newman can replicate that special moment at this year’s awards.

"We Belong Together" is just one of Newman’s countless Academy Award nominations. In fact, he recently put out the following statement (via Variety) regarding his latest nod:

"It always is a nice thing to get nominated, since this is my 20th nomination I believe…. Pixar is always supportive; the more they give me, the better and the easier it is for me to write the song, so it’s always pretty easy to jump back into the thick of things."

Click here to see the Academy’s press release, outlining this year’s featured performers. Tune in to ABC at 8 PM ET on February 27 to watch Randy Newman perform (and hopefully win!) at this year’s Academy Awards.

Your thoughts?

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (01/31/11)

Academy Awards, Awards, Day & Night, Round-Ups, Short Film, Toy Story 3

Posted by Martin • January 31, 2011

Who can keep their mind in the present when we’re always looking forwards and backwards in time?

Why do I bring this up? The stories that follow focus on Pixar’s celebrated achievements of 2010 and give us a taste of an upcoming 2012 project… Enjoy!

Lee Unkrich at Animated Oscar Symposium: Meet Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich at the Academy‘s Oscar Nominated Animated Features Symposium on February 24. Also featuring directors Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon) and Sylvain Chomet (The Illusionist), this is shaping up to be an evening that fans of the medium won’t want to miss! Click for details.

Shorts! with Teddy Newton: Day & Night director, Teddy Newton, will make an appearance at an Oscar Nominee symposium as well, appropriately titled "Shorts!" Nominees in both the live-action and animated short form competition are all expected to be in attendance on Feb. 22. Click for details.

Tickets for both Beverly Hills, CA events go on sale tomorrow. General admission (for each event) is $5. [via Pixar Blog]

A Preview of Pixar’s 2012 Short: Although it may not be an image or a clip, Day & Night producer Kevin Reher spoke to Animation World Network about the short film that will be attached to Brave in theatres—

"It’s funny, the new film we’re finishing production on now, which will be attached to Brave in 2012, it’s three characters and two sets, and man, how easy it is. It’s different, there’re no gags… It’s beautiful, it’s lyrical, it’s very different from all the other ones. It’s amazing how easy it can be when you just have 3 characters and 2 sets."  [via Pixar Times/AWN]

Can’t wait to see what he means by that! Read the full interview with Teddy Newton and Kevin Reher here.

Your thoughts?

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Toy Story 3 + Day & Night Nominated for 6 Oscars Combined!

Academy Awards, Awards, Toy Story 3

Posted by Martin • January 25, 2011

Something tells me that the entire Pixar crew is feeling celebratory this morning…

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards nominations were announced today, and both Toy Story 3 and Day & Night were able to secure top spots:

Best Picture
Darla K. Anderson

Best Animated Feature Film
Lee Unkrich

Adapted Screenplay
Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Original Song
"We Belong Together" Randy Newman

Sound Editing
Tom Myers, Michael Silvers

Best Animated Short Film
"Day & Night" Teddy Newton

Click on the above categories to see the film’s competition. For a full list of nominees, follow this link.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be held on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre beginning at 8 PM ET.

Congratulations, Lee Unkrich, Teddy Newton, Darla K. Anderson, and all the talent associated with Toy Story 3 on these momentous nominations!

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