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Pixar Snubbed at the 86th Academy Awards

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?

4 Responses to Pixar Snubbed at the 86th Academy Awards

  1. Anonymous says:

    And you know who else got snubbed? Blackfish of Finding Dory fame! It’s a celebration for us SeaWorld lovers!

    I do wish MU had been nominated, but at least Frozen was.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Neither were nominated because neither are very good films. Monsters U. is one of the worst produced films at pixar. That, along with the hyper annoying billy crystal grate on audiences nerves. And blue umbrella was just not very interesting visually or character wise.

  3. Anonymous says:

    It wasnt good enough… too generic I guess, I didnt love it, I liked it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    The fact that DM2 is nominated is puzzling. I would have taken it well…but DM2 nominated for Animated Feature and not MU? Give me a break.

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