And the Oscar went to…

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At the Academy Awards tonight the Oscar for Best Animated Feature went to Pixar’s Ratatouille.

The Oscar for Best Animated Short went to Suzie Templeton’s Peter and the Wolf.

Congratulations to the winners!


  • http://www.iheartdan.com Dan Pinto

    Norbit was robbed!

    Congrats to Brad Bird and the fine folks at Pixar.

  • Andy R.

    CONGRATULATIONS TO BRAD BIRD AND PIXAR! As far as I’m concerned it was not only the best animated film of the year, but the best FILM of the year.

  • Max Ward

    Did Brad Bird thank any of his animators? I hope so.
    Congratulations to Brad Bird and Pixar.

  • david

    “all the dreamers at pixar and disney” I thought that referred to the animators, not only them but the rest of the crew too.

    I was pretty disappointed that animated characters didn’t get to present the award for best animated film..

    I’m really hoping someone animated gets to present best animated short.

  • Zep

    The “thing” Brad referred to (“I hate that thing!”) is a monitor that’s directly in front of every person who wins and is standing up there. After about 10 seconds it begins to *flash* in large letters “WRAP IT UP”. It’s incredibly distracting and it’s a miracle anyone can gather their thoughts in that situation.

    He gave a great speech, monitors and music or no. Congratulations for a job well done by everyone.

  • http://zekeyspaceylizard.blogspot.com Zekey

    I was hoping Meme les Pidgeons would get it. Oh well I’m happy.
    And that bit with Barry from Bee Movie showing famous insect scenes was good for a grin.

  • Max

    Barry B. Benson got to present something.

  • Justin Weber

    I am a bit surprised that Peter and the Wolf won in the shorts category. It was a good film, no doubt, but I was rooting for Tutli Putli or as a runner up, Alexander Petrov’s amazing oil paint on glass film.

    It seems that traditional character animation was the favorite amongst the academy this year. Congrats to both winners!

  • MitchK

    Ratatouille wasn’t a bad film, but I found Persepolis to be far more engaging. I didn’t really care about what happened to the characters in Ratatouille, but I cared completely for the characters in Persepolis.

  • Dock Miles

    Ratatouille is a first-rate entertainment, and not without depth, but Persepolis is a rarer and more profound work of art. It’s too bad they had to compete with each other.

  • http://www.autodaddy.blogspot.com tom

    This was a rough year for awards, but a great one for great films. I honestly would have been happy with any of the noms winning tonight.

    Congratulations, Brad and Ratatouile, and Best to Pixar and Disney.

  • http://www.thexbridge.com Jeff Harris

    Does this mean that we can stop talking about Ratatouille now?

    I kid, I kid. Still, it’s not everyday that someone from my part of the world (Portsmouth, VA, USA) is a lead character in an Oscar-winning film, animated or otherwise.

    Congrats to all involved in Ratatouille, a very fine film.

  • Norty

    ‘Persepolis’ may have not scored an Oscar, but it won two French Academy Awards this weekend. It deserves mainstream validation for its serious, personal subject matter and its lack of a hundred million dollar budget.

  • http://www.awprunes.blogspot.com/ Larry Levine

    Alvin & the Chipmunks wasn’t even nominated–Hollywood politics never ceases to amaze me.

  • http://inducks.blogspot.com/ Fernando Ventura

    Congratulations, Jan Pinkava!

  • http://www.daganm.blogspot.com Dagan

    :)

    BIG congrats to Pixar for a well-deserved win!

    …Haven’t seen ‘Peter and the Wolf’ yet, but the design looks
    beautiful!…

    -D

  • http://www.cartoonsteve.blogspot.com/ Steve

    Why was the Goofy short not even nominated? Did the subject matter of “Home Theater” conflict with the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Politics?

  • http://www.animation-animagic.com Celbi P.

    Good for Peter and the Wolf!

    Congrats Pixar for Ratatouille… nice to see Jan Pinkava there. :-)

  • Gobo

    Huge congrats to Ratatouille and Brad Bird!

    In a perfect world, Persepolis would’ve gotten the Best Foreign-Language Film award.

  • http://portapuppets.does.it uncle wayne

    I find it (most) aggrevating that a stupidass football game can “go over” forever and a day….but let’s still try to “wrap it up” when it comes to the REAL “Super Bowl!”

    Congratts to Our Rat!! I agree with Andy R. 110%!

  • Marc G.

    Kudos to Mr. Bird and his talented crew. Personally I was rooting for Persepolis, but I have nothing against Pixar adding another feather to their cap.

    Loved Mr. Bird’s film nomination technique, too.

  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    On the short film side I was hoping Madame Tutli-Putli would score the win (it made a much stronger impression on me), although Peter And The Wolf was definitely my second-favorite. Congratulations to the winners!

  • http://stupidmahan.livejournal.com/ Sasha

    I didn’t think it was going upset me as much as it did, but it did. I was really pissed they couldn’t throw us this bone and I was pissed to listen to Brad Bird go on about “a rat with dreams” when I could have been listening to Marjane Satrapi you know, acting like a filmmaker/an adult/someone with something of actual substance to say. Dreams are fine, but really it’s like listening to a priest drone on about love. It’s a nice thing when it’s real, but it’s also an idea that some people can really make meaningless and banal.

    I also thought Ratatouille owed a lot to the shoulders it stood on. Persepolis was a breath of fresh air in a very stagnant room. But at least Satrapi gets to put “Oscar nominated” next to her name, maybe she’ll get some more money.

    And no, we shouldn’t say we expected it and that’s the way it is. We should say this sucks and keep saying it sucks till it doesn’t suck any more.

  • AnnieMator

    Was there ever any doubt RATATOUILLE would win? The animated feature category is really unfair since it lumps all types of animation together and asks us to choose between apples and oranges–or more exactly, PERSEPOLIS and RATATOUILLE.

    PERSEPOLIS was a heavy, dark, incredibly intense and gripping film with an uncertain ending. RATATOUILLE was a light, beatifully produced, completely predictable film with a happy ending. If you judge them for emotional impact, PERSEPOLIS wins. RATATOUILLE gets the technical nod. I prefer emotion and story over technique. Clearly the rest of the Academy didn’t.

    In the shorts category, the worst film won. It was a weak field this year, but either MY LOVE by Alexander Petrov or I MET THE WALRUS or MADAME TUTLIPUTLI would have been an improvement over the winner. PETER AND THE WOLF was a derivative of the latter film, using some of the same techniques (human eyes) to lesser effect, didn’t use the music well, and was generally a pretentious, overlong mess.

    As for the Disney film, it wasn’t nominated because it didn’t get enough votes. Remember what I said about apples and oranges? All the short films had a dark, necrotic theme this year. HOW TO HOOK UP YOUR HOME THEATER was a cheery, upbeat movie about buying stuff. I just hope Disney keeps making short cartoons because it was also very funny.

  • http://michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ Michael Sporn

    Persepolis and Madame Tutli Putli were both a bit more thought provoking and adult. But when you have a second rate animated character PRESENTING the award you know all you have to know about the Academy’s thoughts on animation. Give it to the children’s films. Brad Bird should practice his stand up act a bit more before performing it in front of a billion people; it didn’t work.

  • simon

    man, I think it’s a crime that Ratatouille won. I have all sorts of respect for Brad Bird and Pixar, I loved the Incredibles, but Ratatouille bored me. I just didn’t care about the characters. I was never afraid for them, watching them cook for 2 hours was boring, and the love story was totally contrived, the the couched lesson about striving to be creative is less then mind-blowing. All and all, a movie without balls. Persepolis on the other hand, was animated in an original style, very well at that, was touching, funny, true and completely relevant. What could be more important than a feature that provides a window into the lives of ordinary Iranians, at a time in our history when half of the prospective presidential candidates are talking about bombing that country? f$%k you Academy, you bought the window dressing over the real work of art, I will never respect you again.

  • Paul N

    Very classy of Bird to mention Pinkava during his speech. It would have been easy to overlook the original director during a 45-second speech.

  • http://thad-k.blogspot.com Thad Komorowski

    Does this mean that we can stop talking about Ratatouille now?

    I agree.

    ‘Persepolis’ may have not scored an Oscar, but it won two French Academy Awards this weekend.

    Well, the French critics have always been ahead of ours.

  • http://ryuuseipro.deviantart.com John Paul Cassidy

    Just my 2 cents:

    There’s no doubt that PERSEPOLIS is a beautiful film, and deserved to be a contender, but let’s face it, it was also very bleak. I’m being very objective here: Relevant or not, people, by and large, are getting tired of bleakness, tired of being reminded of their problems, and are looking for hope in a hopeless time. (This is what happened after the end of the Vietnam war.) People are looking for movies that make them feel *good* after the end of the film. And RATATOUILLE was about triumph.

    That said, congratulations once again to Brad Bird and Pixar for RATATOUILLE’s victory at the Oscars! Brad truly has struck lightning again! I feel much happier, since Pixar got a well-deserved revenge on HAPPY FEET.

  • Keith Paynter

    Congrats to Brad Bird & co. Surf’s Up a contender? Come on – the most predictable film I’ve seen in years.

    CTV’s west coast feed managed to air I Met The Walrus after the rebroadcast of the ‘Baba Wawa’ Oscar special last night, and it was my first time ever seeing it. Being a Beatle fan I found the original interview somewhat bemusing based on the ‘skills’ of then 14-year-old fan/interviewer Jerry Levitan. Lennon’s peace message still got through, but I chuckled over the animated Canada (“nowhere”) and McCartney (“wings” – although they were nonexistant at the time) word association digs.

  • Bruce

    “Well, the French critics have always been ahead of ours.”

    Two words.

    Jerry. Lewis.

  • Silas

    I figured RATS would win and congrats to “Big Bird” and the whole Pixar Crew!

    I’m pretty disappointed in the PETER AND THE WOLF win though. I though Alexander Petrov’s MY LOVE was far superior as well as MADAME TUTLIPUTLI.

  • John Tebbel

    Gotta laugh. If anyone is getting actual agitated over someone else’s Oscars the bosses win and actual change is further away. Treat these impostors both the same and get back to work. Repeat to yourself, “It’s just a show.” And curse the human nature that causes us to split hairs and heads over what’s “better.” See you at the movies!

  • http://www.omanaman.com omanaman

    Some of us are sick of 3D animation here in the states. I was hoping for Persepolis to win… We need more 2D animation!

  • HarryM

    “If you judge them for emotional impact, PERSEPOLIS wins. ”

    Hardly. If you judge them for emotional impact, Rataouille beats persopolis hand down. It’s far more human and relateable. Persopolis was a cute film, though.

  • red pill junkie

    Congrats to Brad and Suzie

  • http://torontoanimation.blogspot.com TempleDog

    “There’s no doubt that PERSEPOLIS is a beautiful film, and deserved to be a contender, but let’s face it, it was also very bleak. I’m being very objective here: Relevant or not, people, by and large, are getting tired of bleakness, tired of being reminded of their problems, and are looking for hope in a hopeless time.”

    Yeah, let’s completely ig-fucking-nore what’s happening in and going to happen to Iran and have some happy-happy joy joy instead. The marine’s were right, America is at the f***g mall. Persepolis is a film about an actual country. Ratatouille is a pretty film about talking fucking rats. Bleak? Don’t talk to me about bleak, chief.

  • robiscus

    “Yeah, let’s completely ig-fucking-nore what’s happening in and going to happen to Iran and have some happy-happy joy joy instead”

    first off, the movie is about what DID happen in Iran 30 years ago so you’re outrage at a growing tide of oppression over there is just a tad late.

    and secondly, politics aren’t an argument for a movie to win an award. storytelling is.

  • Julian Carter

    Congrats to the rat from here too – though I must admit I’ve yet to see the film. Though it seems I still can’t help but shed a tear for Meet the Robinsons’ elusive nomination.

  • http://hannywanny.blogspot.com/ Hannah

    Huge congratulations to Brad, Jan & co. for the win! Although I would have been perfectly content had Persepolis won, too. Both films, in my opinion, had a lot of heart and really pushed the envelope of the art of animation. So let’s put all this silly bickering aside, it’s just a shiny statue.

    But I don’t like animated Jerry Seinfeld bees announcing winners…

  • purin

    Too bleak? I’ll bet Ratatouille didn’t get the Oscar in other areas because it was too happy a movie to get them. Consider the subject matter of the live action winners. Bleak is in.

    I was rooting for Persepolis, though Ratatouille was also deserving of the award, too.

    Nobody’s ticked that Best Animated Feature was tucked in between Makeup and Costumes in the area of awards the winners of which got chased off the stage really quickly?

    Has Disney pissed off anyone at the Academy lately? They got one Oscar for Ratatouille, but Barry the Bee read awards even though it Bee Movie wasn’t up for anything, Amy Adams not getting so much as a cutout of a pigeon for Happy Working song, getting replaced by a singer with the wrong voice for That’s How You Know…

  • Gobo

    “Yeah, let’s completely ig-fucking-nore what’s happening in and going to happen to Iran and have some happy-happy joy joy instead. The marine’s were right, America is at the f***g mall. Persepolis is a film about an actual country. Ratatouille is a pretty film about talking fucking rats. Bleak? Don’t talk to me about bleak, chief.”

    You’ve got to be kidding. This is a joke, right? Bitter Don Rickles comedy hour?

    Seriously now. Ratatouille was a beautifully made movie about following impossible dreams, overcoming your limitations, breaking out of the ghettos. And on top of that, it had one of the most heartfelt scenes in the movies this year. Brilliantly written, and yes, brilliantly acted, it deserves every award it gets.

    Yes, Persepolis was a valuable and beautiful movie, and yes, it dealt with Iranian history and politics. That does NOT, in any way, make viewing it a more worthwhile experience. Is watching animation about a girl have a series of crappy boyfriends somehow more honorable than watching a movie about rats?

    Yeah, I’ll talk to you about bleak. You’ve got some bleak ideas about what constitutes a valuable moviegoing experience.

  • Dock Miles

    >Is watching animation about a girl have a series of crappy boyfriends somehow more honorable than watching a movie about rats?

    Well .. when it’s very tangibly the story of a real, passionate and intelligent girl, told with many vivid, concrete details, and not just crappy boyfriends but fumbling-youngster attempts at relationships in foreign lands and in a country where interpersonal interaction is under police-state scrutiny (and a whole lot more than boyfriends, anyway) and the rats are delightful but no-connection-to-real-world fantasies … then, yeah, it’s more honorable.

  • Zep

    There’s absolutely no reason to denigrate one animated project the better to exalt another animated project. Ms. Satrapi wasn’t thinking of American animated films when she wrote her graphic novel, and Bird wasn’t thinking of french graphic novels when he was rewriting “Ratatouille”. Each group was simply doing the best work they could, on their own personal terms of storytelling filmmaking as they see it. It’s a silly comparison.

    This sort of back & forth sniping is why some people really do mean it when they say “it’s just an honor to be nominated”. That much is true, and regardless of the preponderance of votes that denotes a “winner” among thousands of AMPAS members, the whole thing would probably be best served by handing out 5 plaques. Of course that’s never going to happen.

  • http://ryuuseipro.deviantart.com John Paul Cassidy

    For those who took my comments out of context, let me try to make myself clear (and I’ve had a bad cold this past week, so bear with me):

    My comments were in *no way* intended to belittle PERSEPOLIS. I would’ve been quite comfortable it it won for Best Animated Feature. For me, personally, choosing between these two movies is difficult, and made for stiff competition. So, if my comments came off as condescending (and that was never intended), I apologize. For one.

    For two, as I said, I was being objective about my speculation, which is what it was. If there was any other reason that RATATOUILLE was favored over PERSEPOLIS besides possible political reasons or just plain Hollywood elitism, then I don’t know about them. Rest assured, I am no fan of Hollywood or the Oscars (I haven’t even watched the Oscars this year!). And I, like everyone else, think that their Best Animated Feature category is certainly ghettoizing the medium, as though it would put Hollywood stars out of work! And when I mean the opposite of “bleak,” I certainly don’t mean the over-the-top “Happy Happy Joy Joy” kind that TempleDog cited. Hell, even some bleak endings offer hope, as well as the scope of life. I’m guessing the public at large just wanted more of that. Just like how everything since the late 60s was totally “bleak” until STAR WARS happened along. That movie changed the world, for better or worse.

    Yes, “bleak” films are definitely in favor at the Oscars, but that certainly didn’t stop LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF THE KING from winning Best Picture. (And that film had a sad-happy ending!) And for me (and other sci-fi/fantasy fans), *that* was a victory!

    As for more 2D animation at the Oscars, that’s great! I would love to see more of that, too. Pixar or not. Personally, I hope Pixar keeps their promise, and does some more 2D stuff as they said.

    I don’t expect to change your minds, but at least I hope this clears things up.

    Peace.

  • Someone with a Brain

    Hey fellow animators I have an idea! Rather than supporting each other, lets all just badmouth ratatouille and pixar as hard as we possibly can.

    Perhaps if we whine hard enough, our combined efforts will make the Oscar magically fly out of Brad Bird’s yellowish hands.
    Lets get to it gang! Oh wait everyone started without me.

  • http://www.myspace.com/robertodelcorazon Arnaud

    “Bruce says: Two words. Jerry. Lewis.”

    It’s a urban legend ; no one in France loves particulary Jerry Lewis, I assure you. (Well, perhaps in Arizona Dream…)

  • http://stupidmahan.livejournal.com/ Sasha

    Perhaps if we whine hard enough,

    a.) welcome to the animation blogosphere

    b.) we had already gotten started and were doing just fine without you. If you don’t like to complain or think it’s good for anything why are you complaining to stop us complaining?

    c.) Brad Bird’s a punk. Motherfucker already has an Oscar, refuse the other and make a statement that’ll give back to the art form.

  • Someone with a Brain

    Whatever you say, Sasha. Had Persepolis won, there’d be 40+ comments of people stating how much they hated it as well.
    It runs on a loop.

    And what sense does it make for Bird to simply give away an award for a film that he and a bunch of other people busted their asses to make? How does that give back the art form? Do you really think that if Brad Bird were to toss his Oscar to Persepolis that it would suddenly make Persepolis popular and successful? That it would fix the animation industry somehow? That it would make the Academy Awards less corrupt?

  • Dock Miles

    >There’s absolutely no reason to denigrate one animated project the better to exalt another animated project. Ms. Satrapi wasn’t thinking of American animated films when she wrote her graphic novel, and Bird wasn’t thinking of french graphic novels when he was rewriting “Ratatouille”. Each group was simply doing the best work they could, on their own personal terms of storytelling filmmaking as they see it. It’s a silly comparison.

    Small but important point. The above is nonsense. First, it suggests that all animations are equal. Groups that have turned out absolute crap were “doing the best work that they could, on their own personal terms of storytelling filmmaking as they see it.” This is a bogus line of argument that trashes making distinctions itself.

    You don’t have to “denigrate” Ratatouille to note that Persepolis is, as I put it, a rarer and more profound work of art. Everything doesn’t have to be equal for many things to be excellent.

    It’s unfortunate that the two films had to compete. If there’s any air of resentment about the Pixar project, it’s that it had such an overwhelming industry-inside-track advantage. Persepolis winning would have been a surprise, almost a shock. Surf’s Up winning would have been a sign of the impending Apocalypse.

  • Zep

    “Small but important point. The above is nonsense. First, it suggests that all animations are equal. Groups that have turned out absolute crap were “doing the best work that they could, on their own personal terms of storytelling filmmaking as they see it.” This is a bogus line of argument that trashes making distinctions itself.”

    I’m talking about two good films with different themes. Both worthy. Both different. One film isn’t lesser by virtue of being more fantasy-based. YMMV, of course. But I NEVER suggested that
    all animations are equal”, nor would I. Where do you read that in my post?

    And speaking of bogus: no one who actually works in or has knowledge of our business ever says “animations”. FAIL.

  • http://www.yaytime.com dave roman

    I liked all three movies up for best animated.
    But I actually found Persepolis the most uplifting and humorous.