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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 won for Best Original Song. As for the ceremony itself, Ellen DeGeneres did a vastly better job than last year’s Seth MacFarlane… of course, a pet rock could’ve done a…

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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 Central on ABC. Animated Feature Film The Croods Despicable Me 2 Ernest & Celestine Frozen The Wind Rises Will win: “Frozen.” Should win: While I’ve only seen “Despicable Me 2″…

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“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 in animation, between “Brave” being Pixar’s first film with a female lead and “Paperman” produced by a woman named Kristina Reed. The low point of the evening, of course, was…

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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 my choices: “Brave” stars female protagonists (Hollywood sexism), “Ralph” is about video games (too low brow and/or the “competition” media-wise to movies), and “Frankenweenie” might be too odd for Hollywood,…

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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 Sammy Davis Jr. routine…ugh), plus “The Amazing Race” was on. Thank goodness for Twitter. And yes, it looks like Pixar’s been completely shut out this year. Maybe they’ll fare better…

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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 “Cars 2.” At least Pixar has a (non-Cars-related) short up for the best animated short category; the nominees there consist of: A Morning Stroll Dimanche/Sunday (a National Film Board of…

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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 say. Best Animated Short Film “Day & Night” (Teddy Newton) “The Gruffalo” (Jakob Schuh and Max Lang) “Let’s Pollute” (Geefwee Boedoe) “The Lost Thing” (Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann) “Madagascar,…

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2010 Oscar nominations: “Up” and “Avatar” for best picture?!

Today, the nominations for the Oscars were announced. In a surprise, Pixar’s “Up” has not only been nominated for best animated feature, but also for best picture. *Not* surprising, of course, is “Avatar” getting the nomination for best picture: Oscar Nominations 2010: Full List of Oscar Nominees – Moviefone Between the stiff competition and Hollywood voters still considering animation as “for children,” I’ll assume “Up” doesn’t stand a chance for best picture. The likely winner for that category will be “Avatar,” given it’s raked in…

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Ha-ha-ha-HA-ha… that’s the Oscar nominated song

With tonight being the annual Academy Award hand-outs (this year, there’s nothing of interest being nominated that I really care about), thought I’d link to this YouTube posting of 1947′s “Wet Blanket Policy”, the Woody Woodpecker short that introduces in the beginning the now-famous “Woody Woodpecker Song,” as well as the introduction of Woody’s nemesis Buzz Buzzard. More importantly, this is also the only animated short subject to have a song nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Song.” I’ll assume the copy included on…

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2008 Oscar nominees for best animated feature, shorts announced

The Oscar nominees for this year’s best animated feature and best animated short subjects have been announced: Cartoon Brew: Leading the Animation Conversation » 2008 Oscar Nominees For best animated feature, I’m surprised that “The Simpsons Movie” wasn’t nominated (nor was “Shrek 3″ or “Bee Movie”). I suppose its television roots (and resultant lack of originality compared to the nominated films) probably hurt it. My predictons on how this category will turn out:Should win: not sure, probably between Persepolis or RatatouilleWill win: Ratatouille Admit I…

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