Academy Awards

Campaign: WALL•E For “Best Picture”

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Posted by Thomas • June 26, 2008

NYMag’s Vulture, an entertainment and culture blog, have started a campaign already for WALL•E to recieve the Best Picture Oscar at the 2009 Academy Awards. 

Could this be the year that the Academy finally realizes that Pixar movies are the closest Hollywood comes anymore to the great, classy populist entertainments that used to be nominated for a gazillion Oscars — the kinds of movies that everyone complains have disappeared from the Academy Awards?

says the blog. I think I must also concur even though I have not seen the film yet. However I have noticed this film seems to have been received better than most, if not all, Pixar films. I’m desperate to see this film knock Finding Nemo out of its highest grossing Pixar film position and would simply adore it, if it beat Shrek 2 out of it’s position of highest grossing animated films for a number of reasons which shan’t be discussed now. But to see it nominated and even perhaps win Best Picture would be the best thing to happen in the Academy since who knows when. Animated films do seem to be discriminated against when it comes to the Best Picture category due to having their own category, but animated films have every right to be in the Best Picture category as much as the next film. 

Consider Upcoming Pixar to be a part of this campaign. 

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Brad Bird: The Pied Piper of Ratatouille

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Posted by Thomas • February 15, 2008

It appears as if journalists can’t get enough of Brad Bird. The LA Times’ Rachel Abramowitz chat’s to the Ratatouille director in this article.

On the topic of animation being included into the Best Picture category at the Oscar’s Bird says,

"I can’t answer that," he says with a chuckle. "That’s like asking me if I like my own kid. Ask me in year when I was not nominated and I’ll tell you."

Read more here.

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Oscar Nominee’s Visit Pixar

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Posted by Thomas • February 15, 2008

Rick DeMott, AWN’s managing editor, is currently following the animated shorts Oscar nominee’s around, and chronicling their journey to the big night, all on this little blog.

On the 14th (Valentine’s Day), the group traveled to Pixar for a screening and to have a tour behind-the-scenes of Pixar, and meet with many Pixarians including director Brad Bird, Ed Catmull, animator Andrew Gordon and many more.
The article is full of little tidbits about the Pixar process, and more, so I shan’t spoil it for you, however do read the post here. Thanks rblitz7.

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Brad Bird on Oscar Nominations

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Posted by Thomas • January 23, 2008

Yesterday the nominees for the 80th Annual Academy Awards (Oscar’s) were announced. Ratatouille has garnered 5 nominations to which Brad Bird, director of Ratatouille says, 

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the Academy and I’m incredibly proud of all the artists and technical geniuses at Pixar who helped to make it such a wonderful experience. Michael Giacchino is a brilliant composer and collaborator and I’m especially thrilled that the Academy has recognized his fantastic original score which enriches every part of the film. ‘Ratatouille’ was a very special challenge for me, and I am enormously pleased and grateful that it has struck a chord with audiences, critics and Academy members.”

This comes from a press release from Walt Disney Studios early this morning.

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80th Academy Award Nominations Announced

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Posted by Thomas • January 22, 2008

The Academy have announced the nominees for the 80th Academy Awards this year. And I’m sure you’re all eager to know what Ratatouille was nominated for:

  1. Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
  2. Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
  3. Achievement in Sound Editing
  4. Achievement in Sound Mixing
  5. Original Screenplay

In the Best Animated Feature Film category, Ratatouille is up against who it should be, Persepolis and Surf’s Up. Click here to find out who Ratatouille is also up against in each category.

Congratulations to everyone at Pixar on the nominations. And I am pleased to see Michael Giacchino nominated for the score, as it was disappointing to see him miss out for The Incredibles which was a marvelous score. Fingers crossed everyone.

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Ratatouille Submitted for Nomination

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Posted by Thomas • November 9, 2007

12 films have been submitted for nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2008 Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the list of 12 which includes, Ratatouille. The other 11 are:

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters
  • Bee Movie
  • Beowulf
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Persepolis
  • Ratatouille
  • Shrek the Third
  • The Simpsons Movie
  • Surf’s Up
  • Tekkonkinkreet
  • TMNT

My guess is that our favourite Rat will make the list along with a mix of Persepolis, Meet the Robinsons, The Simpson’s Movie or Surf’s Up. Then again, we could see Shrek The Third or Beowulf make the list. Stranger things have happened, such as Happy Feet winning the Oscar last year instead of Cars. Your thoughts?

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