Disney sweeps the 2015 animation Oscars, “Birdman” flies off with Best Picture

Baymax and Hiro

This year’s Oscars are over, and Disney’s swept this year’s animation categories. The winners are in bold type below. Animated Feature Film Big Hero 6 The Boxtrolls How to Train Your Dragon 2 Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Animated Short Film The Bigger Picture The Dam Keeper Feast Me and My … Read more

The 2015 Oscar animation nominees, plus the least diverse Oscars in 20 years

Bugs Bunny

This year’s Oscar nominees have been announced. Here’s the nominees for Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6 The Boxtrolls How to Train Your Dragon 2 Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Should win (based on Rotten Tomatoes): “Princess Kaguya” (100% RT) or “Song of the Sea” (98% RT) Will win: Not … Read more

Thoughts on the 2014 Oscars

Another Academy Awards ceremony has come and gone…and with it, another batch of winners. As highly expected, “Frozen” won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Meanwhile, the Best Animated Short winner is “Mr. Hublot.” Apparently “Hublot” was deemed a surprise win, at least according to Cartoon Brew. Meanwhile, “Frozen”‘s signature song “Let It Go” also … Read more

The 2014 Oscar animation nominees

This year’s Academy Award nominees have been announced. As usual, I’ll note which ones should win and (in my opinion) are likely to win, plus thoughts on the Oscar nominees. A full list of nominees in all Oscar categories are available here. The ceremony will air on Sunday, March 2 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM … Read more

“Brave,” “Paperman” win the 2013 animation Oscars

A bit late, but thought I’d note that this year’s Academy Award animation winners are: Animated Feature Film: “Brave” by Pixar. Animated Short Film: “Paperman” by Disney. Looks like I guessed right (as vague as my guesses were), and it’s a sweep for Disney this year. This year also marks a strong showing for women … Read more

The 2013 Oscar animation nominations

This year’s Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday. For animation, the nominees (and my guesses who’ll win) are below: Animated Feature Film Brave Frankenweenie ParaNorman The Pirates! Band of Misfits Wreck-It Ralph Will win: A tough one. I’ll go with “Brave” (it’s Pixar), “Ralph” (it’s Pixar-like), or “Frankenweenie” (by a well-known-to-Hollywood-types live-action director). Going against … Read more

2012 Academy Award animation winners

On Sunday night, the winners for the two top Academy Awards animation categories were announced… Best Animated Picture: Rango Best Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore My previous prediction was right for animated picture. No, I didn’t sit through the Oscars…the few minutes I did see were awful enough (Billy Crystal’s … Read more

2012 Oscar nominations announced for best animated feature, short subject

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards were announced today. Here’s the nominees for Best Animated Feature: A Cat in Paris Chico and Rita Kung Fu Panda 2 Puss in Boots Rango Looks like Disney and Pixar (despite “Winnie the Pooh”) got completely snubbed. Guess even Hollywood award voters aren’t tunnel-visioned enough to vote for … Read more

2011 Oscar animation nominees

Here’s a list of the nominees for this year’s Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Animated Short Subject: Best Animated Feature “How to Train Your Dragon” (Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois) “The Illusionist” (Sylvain Chomet) “Toy Story 3” (Lee Unkric) Will win: “Toy Story 3.” Should win: Not seen “Dragon” or “Illusionist,” so can’t … Read more