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Toy Story 3 Wins Two Golden Tomato Awards!

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Posted by Martin • January 11, 2011

The Golden Tomato Awards are here, honoring the best reviewed films of the past year.

At 99% fresh, Toy Story 3 officially nabbed the top prize in the Wide Release category. Does this come as any surprise?

Pixar’s 11th joins Up, WALL•E and Ratatouille in a dynasty of consecutive toppers. Toy Story 3 also took home the Golden Tomato for Best Reviewed Animated Film.

To see the rest of Rotten Tomatoes’ Golden Tomato winners, click here.

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Two Fresh Toy Story 3 FYC Ads!

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Posted by Martin • January 10, 2011

Just when you thought Disney/Pixar had finished rolling out its complete For Your Consideration campaign…

Toy Story 3‘s Oscar push continues with the ad to the right, emulating a scene from Midnight Cowboy. It’s a fine addition to the "Not Since…" series, but there’s much more to the campaign than nabbing Best Picture.

As evidence by the ad below, the studio is also hoping for another historic nomination. Believe it or not, the helmer of an animated film has never won, let alone been nominated for, an Oscar in the Best Director category. Who knows, maybe that could change this year.

It’s clear to audiences and critics that Lee Unkrich hit it out of the ballpark with the third installment in the ‘Toy’ series. But will that be enough to overcome a seemingly insurmountable prejudice in the Academy?

You decide!

(via Awards Daily/The Pixar Blog)

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Darla K. Anderson up for Two Producer’s Guild Awards!

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Posted by Martin • January 4, 2011

Nominations for the Producer’s Guild Awards were announced today with Darla K. Anderson in the running for her work on Toy Story 3.

The long time Pixarian was recognized in two categories, one of which is the Guild’s equivalent to Best Picture:

• The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

• Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Although Pixar producers have been listed in the animated category numerous times, the studio has only received a Darryl F. Zanuck nod once before. In fact, it was last year, when Jonas Rivera was nominated for Up.

Check out the rest of the nominees for the 2011 Producer’s Guild Awards here. Winners are set to be announced on January 22.

See also: Jim Hill Media recently published an in-depth piece on Darla K. Anderson’s career. It’s worth a thorough read.

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Not Since The Silence of the Lambs + More FYC Ads! [UPDATE]

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Posted by Martin • December 26, 2010

In the latest Toy Story 3 For Your Consideration ad, a couple of words transform an innocent assortment of Mr. Potato Head pieces into a gruesome scene.

It’s funny— just yesterday (and without the The Silence of the Lambs reference) it would’ve reminded my family of the mess our youngest members made while playing with their brand new, plastic spuds. But it’s clear that Disney/Pixar’s message is geared towards a slightly older audience.

The latest in the "Not Since… [Insert Best Picture Winner Here]" series takes us another step further, this time listing a couple of the accolades Toy Story 3 has been picking up on the road to the Oscars. Check out some past ads Titanic, Lord of the Rings, Shakespeare in Love. In my opinion, today’s is the most clever.

Update: Who would’ve known? A large chunk of the campaign is now available for your viewing pleasure over at Disney’s Awards Website. Click on "Campaign" to see 11 new FYC ads.

Get your pieces together, nominations will be announced on January 25, 2011. The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are slated for February 27, 2011!

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(via Movielicious/The Pixar Times)

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Not Since Titanic…

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Posted by Martin • December 22, 2010

Just as Avatar overtook Titanic to become the highest grossing film of all time, maybe it’s the year that Toy Story 3 overcomes the almighty Best Picture…

As unlikely as it may seem to some, Toy Story 3 has the chance to join Pixar’s 10th in becoming only the second CG animated Best Picture Oscar nominee, and maybe Pixar’s first winner. At this point, what really matters is that Toy Story 3 lands in the category to begin with!

The ad seen in this post is part of a series, "Not Since… [Insert Best Picture Winner Here]." It originally appeared in the December 13th issue of Variety. Other examples have been posted on the blog, referencing Best Picture winners such as Lord of the Rings and Shakespeare in Love.

Hold on tight guys, nominations will be announced on January 25, 2011. The stars come out on February 27, 2011 for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards!


(via Awards Daily/The Pixar Blog)

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Toy Story 3 Nominated for Best Animated Golden Globe!

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Posted by Martin • December 14, 2010

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced its nominations for the Golden Globe Awards early this morning!

Toy Story 3 is set to compete in just one category — Best Animated Feature -– during the 68th annual event. Much like last year, studios have been stepping up their game, so Pixar faces some formidable competition.

"Best Animated" nominations are as follows:

Despicable Me — Universal Pictures
How To Train Your Dragon — DreamWorks Animation
The Illusionist — Sony Pictures Classics
Tangled — Walt Disney Animation Studios
Toy Story 3 — Disney/Pixar

Click here to see a full list of nominations.

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, presented by the HFPA, is set to be televised on Sunday, January 16th, 2011.

Congratulations, Lee Unkrich and co.!

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (12/13/10)

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Posted by Martin • December 13, 2010

Sometimes, Pixar news comes in short, but meaningful bursts. Here’s an example—

Woody’s News Round-up is back! "So soon?":P

Legendary, Contemporary Directors: If Lee Unkrich hadn’t "made it" yet, he’s done so today. The Toy Story 3 director joins acclaimed helmers Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception) in the Los Angeles Times billboard seen above. Lotso can’t help but take part! 

Pixar 25 Years Extended: Who knew 25 years could last this long. The truth is, Pixar’s anniversary isn’t until February. Anyway, the Oakland Museum of California has extended its Pix-hibit, 25 Years of Animation, by adding more dates. Maybe you haven’t missed the gallery after all, although it does still end on January 9th. For new dates and times, check out The Contra Costa Times’ coverage.

The Awards Beat: Click to see a full list of winners.
• Toy Story 3 Lands AFI’s Top 10 Movies of the Year
• New York Film Critics Online Names Toy Story 3 Best Animated Feature
• Boston Society of Film Critics Names Toy Story 3 Best Animated Film

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Toy Story 3 Ranks #1 in Time’s Best Movies of 2010!

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Posted by Martin • December 9, 2010

TIME’s Top 10 of Everything is back again, ranking the best of the best for 2010.

As you would expect, Pixar is no stranger to Richard Corliss’ Movies list, and this year is no exception. In fact, Toy Story 3 was ranked #1 out of 10 fantastic films.

"Why are Pixar films so often at or near the top of annual best-picture lists? Because, we say with some exasperation, nobody these days makes better movies." writes the famed critic.

See the full list here. Don’t forget to check out the rest on Top 10 of Everything.

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Woody’s News Round-Up! (12/06/10)

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Posted by Martin • December 6, 2010

Win, win, what!?

That’s the theme of today’s Woody’s News Round-up. Whether it be Pixar’s latest accolades or a chance of a lifetime, reading on below may just be worth your while.

Bid for a Private Pixar Tour: Patton Oswalt, best known to Pixar fans as the voice of Remy, has teamed up with the LA Foodbank for an opportunity no Pixar fan will want to pass up. The highest eBay bidder (here) will win a private tour of the studio’s Emeryville campus. Who’s in?!

WAFCA Names TS3 Best Animated: The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association just named its Best Animated Film of 2010: Toy Story 3! Although TS3 was also up for consideration in WAFCA’s Best Picture category, the award went to The Social Network instead. Congratulations, Lee Unkrich!

Annie Nominations…: Who cares? But I suppose it’s news considering the big "Disney/Pixar pulling out of the Annies" announcement earlier this year. I promised that it would be our last post on the subject, but Toy Story 3 (Feature, Directing, Writing) and Day & Night (Short) have been nominated— and that’s notable. Brad Bird is also being honored, but we already knew he’s awesome. My verdict: Don’t pay any more attention to the Annies. Hypocrisy noted.

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National Board of Review Names TS3 Best Animated Feature + Grammy Nomination!

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Posted by Martin • December 2, 2010

If today’s developments are any indication, Toy Story 3 is set to take the awards season by storm.

The National Board of Review announced its picks for oustanding films of 2010. Toy Story 3 was tapped for Best Animated Film, Pixar’s 5th consecutive win in the category.

Lee Unkrich’s latest was also listed as part of the Board’s Top 10 films of the Year. However, it did not take the highest honor, which instead went to an equally deserving film, The Social Network.

The National Board of Review will officially recognize its picks on January 11, 2010. Check out the Board’s official site for this year’s winners.


Grammy nominations were announced, as well, with Toy Story 3 in the mix. The film’s original score is now in the running for Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. This is Randy Newman’s millionth (it seems that way) Grammy nomination.

The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are set to take place on February 13, 2010. Don’t miss the full list of nominees over at the award’s official website.

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