Welcome, Pixar fans everywhere! Today is February 22nd, 2009, and you know what that means: it’s the long awaited Academy Awards, the biggest movie event of the year.
Let’s recap, Pixar was nominated 7 times this year, 6 for WALL•E and 1 for Presto! Here’s a list of the Pixar specific nominations.
The awards season culminates on this one event, and now it’s the moment of truth. Good luck Andrew Stanton and company!
Note: When Pixar wins an award, is mentioned or featured, it will be posted below in real time.
Awards Count: 1
Winner: Here are the Pixar winners from tonight’s awards.
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year: WALL•E (Andrew Stanton)
Passed: Only nominated.
Best Original Screenplay: WALL•E (Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter)
Best Animated Short Film: Presto (Doug Sweetland)
Best Sound Editing: WALL•E (Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood)
Best Sound Mixing: WALL•E (Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt)
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score): WALL•E (Thomas Newman)
Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song): WALL•E (Peter Gabriel, Thomas Newman)
Chatter: What’s happening on the red carpet and at the awards? All times are EST.
7:40– Peter Gabriel, nominated for Best Song (Down to Earth) just showed up on the red carpet and talked to E!. This begs the question, since he isn’t performing, who is?
7:50– A quick shot of John Lasseter and co. on TV Guide, awaiting an interview…
8:00– Official red carpet coverage is now on LIVE on ABC.
8:25– Michael Giacchino, composer of The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, and of the 2009 Oscars, was featured in clips from an interview with designers and planners of the show.
8:30– Ceremony starts hosted by Hugh Jackman.
8:55– An excerpt of Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter‘s screenplay for WALL•E was shown for original Screenplay, it was the lighter shot. Milk won.
9:00– An awesome montage featuring our favorite little robot chronicled the top animated movies today featuring Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, Horton Hears A Who, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Space Chimps and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
9:05– In some funny news, Jack Black (presenter of Best Animated) told us how he makes money. He voices a role in a DreamWorks movie and bets all that money at the Oscars for a Pixar movie, the audience including Jeffrey Katzenberg laughed!
9:10– WINNER! Although WALL•E threw away the Oscar over a video tape in the video, it was that film that took home the award. Andrew Stanton got up and accepted thanking Jim Morris, Lindsey Collins, John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs among others.
9:25- A montage of romance in movies of 2008 featured WALL•E prominently with 4 clips chronicling WALL•E and EVE‘s love story! "Evah", "Waaaaall-e"
9:40– Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull was featured in the Sci-Tech Awards recap. Jessica Biel called it like it is, Catmull is the god of CGI! The camera focused in on him hearing the praise two times. He really deserves the nod considering he pioneered CGI, and where we would we be if he hadn’t?
10:30– WALL•E clips are shown during the Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing nomination roll call. The Dark Knight and Slumdog Millionaire win respectively. I don’t get it, WALL•E was supported by sound, but oh well…
10:40– Define Dancing played on top of the montage for legendary actor Jerry Lewis.
10:50– Composer and Pixar regular, Michael Giacchino directed tracks from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Defiance, Milk, Slumdog Millinaire and WALL•E. Specifically WALL•E’s Define Dancing. A.R. Rahman won for Slumdog.
11:00– John Legend takes the stage with the Soweto Gospel Choir in place of Peter Gabriel to sing Down to Earth among A.R. Rahman in a medley of Slumdog Millionaire and WALL•E songs. Jai Ho from Slumdog won. On a better note, John Legend did a pretty great job on Down to Earth.
That’s it for the Pixar awards. The Best Picture award winner is Slumdog Millionaire!
But there’s more Pixar at the Oscars…
11:55– They played a short clip of Up during the credits (where Pixar was mentioned numerous times) in a montage of upcoming 2009 films.
12:00– In the final disclaimer, they played a track from Ratatouille, End Creditouilles by Michael Giacchino.
The end– Pixar was VERY well represented this year!
My thoughts: Congratulations to all the winners, especially Andrew Stanton on his second Academy Award and this extremely successful awards season!! Also, I wish to congratulate all of the Pixar nominees: for WALL•E Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter, Ben Burtt, Tom Myers, Mathew Wood, Michael Semanick, composer Thomas Newman, singer/songwriter Peter Gabriel, for Presto Doug Sweetland, and of course everyone who made these films possible! Congratulate the winners and let us know how you feel in the comments section below.
It was announced that during the Oscars telecast a trailer for Pixar’s next movie Up will run, so keep your eyes peeled for that! Details here .
Sounds like Disney decided to play a trailer for the Touchstone film The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock. It’s quite disappointing that they changed their mind about an Up trailer, unless it was misreported, at least they played a short clip from the movie during the end credits of the awards show.
Where to watch on TV: The 81st Annual Academy Awards will play today (2/22/09) on ABC, live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, starting at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST.
For international viewers, please check your local listings.
Keep it here for chatter about red carpet appearances as well as my opinion on Pixar and other awards!
Readers, feel free to comment on anything interesting going on during the telecast or to predict and congratulate the winners!