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Up Oscar Campaign Aims For Great Heights

Every time the studio has a new release, Pixar is continuously and rightfully praised for its outstanding films. Many times they’re even considered the best pictures of their respective years.

Even though these opinions are held high by the majority of film aficionados, movies like WALL•E and Ratatouille never seem to end up in the Best Picture category at the Oscars. Today, an animated film like Up has got the best chances ever to be nominated for Best Picture because of the category’s expantion to 10 spots.

Walt Disney Studios is predicted to push big this year for the adventures of Carl Fredricksen and the film’s accompanying short, Partly Cloudy! But before any big decisions are made, the process begins with For Your Consideration campaigns. According to Disney’s awards site, Pixar’s 10th film hopes to compete in 10 categories including Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Score. Pete Sohn’s short, Partly Cloudy, is up for consideration in all categories but probably will only be eligible for Best Animated Short Film.

Hopefully Pete Docter and co. can claim a spot in all of these prestigious categories when nominations are announced February 2nd. Maybe we’ll even see producer Jonas Rivera up there on the big night accepting for the ultimate prize!

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be televised live March 7th, 2010 on ABC!

(via The Pixar Blog)

0 Responses to Up Oscar Campaign Aims For Great Heights

  1. Netbug009 says:

    No Script posted this year. Sad Prospective animation writer is sad. 8(

  2. uruseiranma says:

    I still think there’s a bias towards animated features. The general thought process for some is, ‘your movie isn’t live-action, you belong at ‘that table.’

    I say they should at least have a lock for screenplay nomination.

    I’m also pretty certain Pete Doctor will finally get his own Oscar this year.

  3. Frankenollie says:

    It’s pretty amazing if it gets nominated for best cinematography, because as far as I’m aware no cartoon has ever received that nomination.

    Winning that would, in a way, be more impressive than best film, because it would raise awareness of how much skill and expertise goes into creating visuals from the ground up.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Ricky Nierva has a better chance of winning Best Production Design than anything. And animation has never been nominated for Production Design before.

    Less so for cinematography (let’s face it, if Wall-e and Ratatouille weren’t nominated, I doubt Up will, no matter how great it is). And, according to the dvd’s and making of stuff, cinematography at Pixar is actually very different than what a regular cinematographer would do. I don’t think there’s any way to compare it that way.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is soooo exciting! I hope Up will do well at the Oscars! And at the Annies! (unlike how WALL•E did… boo!)

    ~=Lei

  6. Anonymous says:

    IMO… If movie studios can successfully campaign for their own pictures to be considered for prestigious award, then that greatly reduces the prestige of being nominated and/or winning.

  7. Anonymous says:

    But the studios have ALWAYS been able to campaign for the awards. The Oscars, for example, were begun by the studios, and they often required their employees to vote for their respective product. Block voting can no longer be required, and is far less pervasive.

    The worst is the Golden Globs, voted on by a handful of foreign journalists who vote for films based on face time studios provided to them with the stars of the movies. It’s really ridiculous. The Oscar Nominations may be political, but the final votes for every award are cast by everyone in the academy.

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