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GMA: Can TS3 Win Best Picture?

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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.

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TS3 at the Grammy + BAFTA Awards!

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Posted by Martin • February 13, 2011

Two award shows, one night.

Let’s clarify, the Orange British Academy Film Awards and the 53rd Grammy Awards were both held Sunday evening, but in different time zones, of course. In any case, Toy Story 3 came out victorious at both ceremonies.

BAFTA Awards: Lee Unkrich was in London today to accept the Best Animated Feature award from the British Academy. Toy Story 3 was nominated in three categories that night. See a full list of winners and nominees here.

Grammy Awards: Randy Newman took home another well-deserved Grammy Award for (get ready) Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual. This is the Toy Story 3 composer’s fifth Recording Academy win. Click here for all 109 Grammy categories.

Congratulations, Lee Unkrich and Randy Newman!

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Randy Newman and the Oscars Belong Together!

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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.

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (01/31/11)

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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.

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Toy Story 3 + Oscars Fun Facts!

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Posted by Martin • January 28, 2011

You might not realize the scope of Toy Story 3‘s success until you absorb the following data, provided to us by Pixar:

• Toy Story 3 represents only the third Best Picture nomination for an animated feature. (Beauty and the Beast, 1991; Up, 2009)

• Toy Story 3 is the most successful animated film in history, having grossed worldwide to date: $1,063,161,943

• Director Lee Unkrich makes his directorial debut with Toy Story 3, however, he previously co-directed Pixar’s Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo.

Toy Story 3’s nomination for adapted screenplay, by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (‘Little Miss Sunshine’), marks the animation studio’s stunning 7th Oscar nominated screenplay, following the first Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, RatatouilleWALL•E and Up. Those latter five films also won the Best Animated Feature prize (the category did not exist during Toy Story’s time). Only one other animated film in Oscar history has ever received a screenplay nomination, 2001’s Shrek.

• Concerning screenplays, this is Arndt’s second produced screenplay and he’s received an Oscar nomination for each. He won for Little Miss Sunshine.

• Darla K. Anderson is only the seventh solo female producer ever nominated for Best Picture, and the first since 1996. All other female producers shared producing credits.

• Darla K. Anderson holds the Guinness Book of World Records record for highest per film box office average (for her four produced films: A Bug’s Life, Monster’s, Inc., Cars, and Toy Story 3).

• Randy Newman’s nomination for the Toy Story 3 theme song “We Belong Together” is the famed composer’s 20 Oscar nomination in the music category. His only win was for “If I Didn’t Have You,” his theme song for Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.

• Randy Newman has composed the scores, and songs, for 6 of Pixar’s 11 motion pictures, including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Cars and Toy Story 3, accounting for an amazing 8 of his 20 total Oscar nominations.

• Michael Silvers and Tom Myers nomination for Sound Editing marks the 7th Pixar film to be nominated for Sound awards by the Academy, for a total of 10 Sound nominations overall, including 3 for Sound Mixing. This is Silvers’ 6th nomination, all for Pixar films. He won (with Randy Thom) for Sound Editing on The Incredibles. This is Myers’ third nomination. Previously, only six animated films have received Sound Category nominations. Two hybrid animation films, Roger Rabbit and The Polar Express, also received nominations.

Amazing, huh?

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

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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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TS3’s Darla K. Anderson Wins PGA Award!

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Posted by Martin • January 23, 2011

In the first days of 2011, it was announced that Toy Story 3‘s Darla K. Anderson had been nominated for two Producer’s Guild Awards.

Today, we are proud to report that Pixar’s production wonder woman takes home the PGA Award for Best Animated Feature Film! Darla won this award previously for her work on Cars. This also marks the fifth consecutive win in the category for a Pixar film.

Toy Story 3 was also in the running for the PGAs top prize, the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award. Instead, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin took home the prize for The King’s Speech.

Click here to see the full list of nominees for the 22nd Annual Producer’s Guild Awards.

Congratulations, Darla + TS3 crew!

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Toy Story 3 Up for Three BAFTA Awards!

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Posted by Martin • January 18, 2011

The team behind Toy Story 3 has a lot more to celebrate now that BAFTA Award nominations have been announced.

Otherwise known as the Orange British Academy Film Awards, BAFTAs are best compared to Oscars from across the pond. Pixar’s 11th has been tapped in three categories this year by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts:

Adapted Screenplay
Animated Feature
• Special Visual Effects

See the full list of nominees here. BAFTA’s 64th Orange Academy Film Awards will be held on February 13, 2011.

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Toy Story 3 Takes Home Golden Globe Award!

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Posted by Martin • January 16, 2011

And the award for Best Animated Feature Film goes to…

Toy Story 3 continues Pixar’s Golden Globe Awards domination, making it the studio’s fifth consecutive winner in the category. Lee Unkrich’s latest went up against some familiar, but equally tough competition:

Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled

Although Toy Story 3 was noticeably overlooked, with only one nomination (Toy Story 2 won Best Pic. — Comedy or Musical at the 2000 ceremony), Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were able to inject some Pixar humor into the show. "You are a sad, strange little man." Allen joked with Hanks on stage.

A full list of nominations and winners can be found at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards website.

Congratulations Lee Unkrich and the entire Toy Story team!

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Toy Story 3 Wins Critics’ Choice Movie Award!

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Posted by Martin • January 14, 2011

Toy Story 3 entered the 2010 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards with five nominations, but how did the celebrated film fare in today’s ceremony?

Although Pixar’s latest (and the best reviewed film of the year) wasn’t able to capture Best Picture, it did go home with one key prize. In another banner year for animation, the Lee Unkrich-directed gem beat out the following competition for Best Animated Feature:

Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
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Lee Unkrich was on hand to accept the prestigious prize. Toy Story 3 was also in the running (but did not win) in the following categories: Best Song (We Belong Together), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound.

Check out all of the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominees and winners here.

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