Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning.

Nominated for BEST ANIMATED FEATURE were:

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON – Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
THE ILLUSIONIST – Sylvain Chomet
TOY STORY 3 – Lee Unkrich

Also: TOY STORY 3 was also nominated for BEST PICTURE, BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY, SOUND EDITING – and the song “We Belong Together” was nominated for BEST MUSIC (Original Song).

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON was also nominated for Best Music (Original Score).

TANGLED nabbed one nomination: for Best Music (Original Song), “I See The Light”.

And it’s worth noting Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland copped three nominations (Art Direction, Costume Design and Sound Editing) and Tron: Legacy got a nod for Sound editing.

Nominated for BEST ANIMATED SHORT are:

Day & Night Director: Teddy Newton. United States.
Let’s Pollute Director: Geefwee Boedoe. United States.
Madagascar, A Journey Diary Director: Bastien Dubois. France.
The Gruffalo Directors: Jakob Schuh, Max Lang. Great Britain.
The Lost Thing Directors: Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan. Australia.

A complete list of nominees in all categories is posted here.

The filmmakers nominated for Best Animated Short will appear in person for Q&A at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, on Tuesday February 22nd at 7:30pm — For more information check the Academy’s Oscar Event website.

The directors nominated for Best Animated Feature will appear in person for Q&A with Tom Sito on at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Samuel Goldwyn Theatre, on Thursday Februry 24th at 7:30pm — For more information check the Academy’s website.

The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday February 27th at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.


  • Roman

    It was a toss-up between The Illusionist and Tangled for me. Glad the Illusionist got a nom, but really wish Disney had been nominated for making a movie that was definitely worthy of a nomination.

  • http://yeldarb86.deviantart.com Mr. Semaj

    Poor Tangled. It didn’t get the Best Animated Feature Nomination. :(

  • http://www.rauchbrothers.com Tim Rauch

    Madagascar for best short! Get it, Bastien!

    • Chelsea

      agreed, that short is amazing. A much better selection of shorts this year…

  • http://ThatFellowInTheCoat.com Stefan

    Tangled did manage a best song nomination, at the very least.

  • Sam

    Tangled is by far a better feature than the dour The Illusionist could ever dream of being. It’s irrelevant anyway as Toy Story will rightly walk it.

    Tangled probably suffered for Disney having two nominations with Sony buying The Illusionists seat. All the great talent on Tangled have been let down by the Academy.

    • http://www.synchrolux.com Kevin

      How exactly did Sony ‘buy’ a nomination for the Illusionist? I suspect you’re having the knee-jerk reaction that when something happens that doesn’t agree with your opinion, one assumes there must be a conspiracy behind it. But if I’m wrong, I’d love to hear your information.

      • Jed

        It’s a far more believable scenario than the disingenuous tale of how Chomet came to acquire the script for The Illusionist.

        Having never meet or spoken to him, I’m just waiting for Kevin Smith to pop off and bequeath me a script in his will. I’m sure he is aware of how we have bonded through my worship of his sardonic annotations. My plan is to knock-up a crappy rough or two then I’ll farm the work out to a sweat shop in South Korea and wait for the accolades to roll in before anyone has a chance to see my astonishingly awful movie.

        Of course it will all be entirely down to my inspired brilliance.

      • djm

        I thought someone in Tati’s family contacted him about the script…?

      • Greg

        Nope, he got caught grave robbing.

      • AD10

        France’s melancholy Jacques Tati gets a revival of sorts in The Illusionist. The world-famous filmmaker died in 1982, and his daughter Sophie passed away 20 years later (both from lung cancer), but not before allegedly passing the screenplay to Sylvain Chomet, (although he confesses that “I never got to meet Sophie, or even speak to her about the script.”) the animator best known for The Triplets of Belleville. The original was probably aimed at a different daughter, Helga, whom Tati had with a Czech woman during the war, in occupied Paris, and soon abandoned.

        http://www.straight.com/article-369999/vancouver/illusionist

        Pathe/Sony’s own promotional material for the Illusionist states that Chomet never read the script until 2003 which makes it clear that he never received it from Sophie Tatischeff, she died in 2001.

        http://www.sonyclassics.com/theillusionist/presskit.pdf

        “But the estate agreed with her decision to entrust me with the family jewels”.

        They is “NO” Tati estate it is a fictitious claim made by the people who bought the rights to four of Tati’s movies from Sophie Tatischeff death bed who are unrelated to the Tatischeff family. The Tatischeff family is only survived by Tati’s eldest daughter Helga Marie-Jeanne, who is thought to be the real inspiration for the Illusionist script.

        Former Tati associate and renowned film journalist Jonathan Rosenbaum explains “Why I Can’t Write about THE ILLUSIONIST”

        “Even after acknowledging that Chomet does have a poetic flair for composing in long shot that’s somewhat Tatiesque, I remain skeptical about the sentimental watering-down of his art that Chomet is clearly involved with”,

        http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.com/?p=24181

      • Simon K

        Chomet is one slippery guy in June he says

        “A lot of animators, basically people who can draw, got scared by these wankers from Disney saying that 2D animation is dead, that it was only going to be 3D and Pixar from now on. It is just typical shit by people in ties who don’t know what they are talking about”.

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/jun/10/sylvain-chomet-belleville-rendezvous-illusionist

        By the end of December in an interview that also proclaims,

        “One of the reasons Tati never directed the film himself was because the material was too touchy, since it was his way of dealing with his abandonment of a daughter at a young age”.

        He announces that he next project will, “definitely it’ll be 3D or live action”.

        Whilst raving about Academy Director Lasseter’s Pixar,

        You mentioned Pixar. What’s your take on the current state of animation?

        It’s great. It’s really exciting. If it isn’t just 3D animation and there can be other ways to express animation – hand drawn, stop motion, cut-out. That’s nice. If it just all becomes 3D, then that would be bad, because obviously you would lose some very nice animation. But I’ve been very interested by what’s happening in 3D animation, especially in the last Pixar movies. I really liked “WALL-E.” I think it’s a great film, and “Up” as well. They are coming to an age, which is nice. Because they really give their films to directors, they really have a feeling of being directed properly and there are some great direction ideas in that. It’s really great. It’s gone over the period where they’ve experimenting, because they’ve gone over trying to get things right, and now they can do whatever they want. Now they have to move onto something else – make the films more interesting with the story and atmosphere. And not just to show how, oh look, we can have these toys moving, isn’t that fantastic? Everybody understands that now. It’s not a novelty. Now they have to show what they can do with it, which is nice. It will be a very interesting period.

        http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/interview_illusionist_director_sylvain_chomet_talks_jacques_tati_his_hollyw/

        The turncoat way in which Chomet changes his opinion from one interview to the next kills all credibility he might have had. The whole situation in how he has handled Tati’s intention to his abandoned daughter is nothing but disgraceful.

        It’s shocking that the Academy that does so much charitable work for orphaned children is quite happy to participate in the misrepresentation of a fathers(Tati) intended letter of apology to his daughter(Helga Marie-Jeanne) he had abandoned under dire circumstances.

    • Courtney

      As for me, I’m hoping “How to Train Your Dragon” pulls an upset. Although I’d be just as happy if “The Illusionist” won.

  • Paul D

    BIG congratulations to the crew of The Illusionist. What a difficult movie to make and so proud to have been part of it.

    Congratulations also to the teams behind Toy Story 3, How To Train Your Dragon. Loved them both!

  • Milo Thatch

    First off, congrats to the Pixar team for several well deserved nominations! TS3 getting a true Best Picture nod is not terribly surprising (though a long shot to win). I love that quality animation still can “sit at the big kids table” now and then, as Don Hahn would say.

    That said… what about TANGLED? With only 3 Animated Feature noms, you can’t tell me they couldn’t squeeze Tangled in there too. I’ve got no issue with the 3 that were nominated (all extremely deserving films), but Tangled is absolutely worthy of a nomination if not a win.

    • snip2345

      It isn’t that hard for an animated film to get Best Picture this year- THERE ARE 10 NOMINATIONS. WHY ARE THERE 10 NOMINATIONS? WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THERE WERE 10 NOMINATIONS? Also, the increasing number of animated films each year is pushing for at least one of them to make it.

      But the fact that the Animated Film category has the least number of entries in it disappoints me. It seems like it’s the red-headed step child of the categories. Not to mention how it was already known on this blog for a while.

      • Milo Thatch

        I’m not an Academy voter, I have no real idea how it’s all done, but I wonder if there’s some studio etiquette on having multiple films nominated from a single studio? DWA got Dragon but not Shrek (they campaigned both of them). With Disney owning Pixar now, TS3 in a lot of ways is a DISNEY film so they may have put their eggs in that basket instead of Tangled.

        Still a crime, really. But that’s just my opinion.

      • A Dude

        “WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME THERE WERE 10 NOMINATIONS? ”

        Last year.

      • http://www.animationsfilme.ch Satoshi

        10 Nominations: The last time in 1943. Isn’t it more special, that Toy Story made the Category for Best Picture as an Animation Movie? Isn’t that the first time ever? It was the Movie with the highest box-office this year an the one with the hightest ratings by critics. Together with the 10 places, it would have been strange, if Toy Story 3 wouldn’t be where it is now.

      • madkonpaku

        No, it’s the third time, actually. Beauty and the Beast was first, and UP was second. And I find it awesome that Pixar got two Best Picture noms in a row. :D

      • Justin

        Both of Pixar’s nominations for Best Picture came in years with 10 nominations for Best Picture. I seriously doubt that if there were only 5 nominations that either Up or Toy Story 3 would have gotten the nomination.

      • http://www.animationsfilme.ch Satoshi

        lol, I totally mixed something up, sry
        thx for your corrections…

  • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    All the shorts were really good. I liked Let’s Pollute and Day & Night the best. It was a good year for Pixar (Geefwee Boedoe is independent but has a Pixar connection as he directed the titles for Monsters Inc.). The feature choices are also good, but among the “art” films I would have chosen Plympton’s Idiots and Angels over The Illusionist.

  • http://www.base14.com Tyler

    All three features are undoubtedly great films, but Tangled deserved to be in that top three.

  • Scarabim

    Well, I wish Despicable Me had gotten something, but at least Dragon kind of got its due.

    As for Toy Story 3′s nom – well, it demonstrates what massive campaigning can do, if nothing else. I mean, yeah, it’s nice it got nominated, but I got waaayyyy more excited over Beauty and the Beast’s nom, for what it’s worth. It’s by far the better animated film in my view.

    Tangled, to me, is the movie that finally showed the world what the CGI division of WDAS can do. But I’m not surprised it got so little. It’s a baby step, not a major accomplishment (in my opinion).

  • http://torstenadair.blogspot.com Torsten Adair

    http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/rule07.html

    7.IV.B. “In any year in which 8 to 15 animated features are released in Los Angeles County, a maximum of 3 motion pictures may be nominated. In any year in which 16 or more animated features are submitted and accepted in the category, a maximum of 5 motion pictures may be nominated.”

    7.IV.B.1. lists the criteria for nomination. It could be that only three movie made the 7.5 cutoff.

    Also, it seems that the number of eligible movies determines how many movies a committee member may nominate. So this year, each member could only vote for three?

    So, it is possible that members split their votes among studios… One Disney, one Paramount, one independent… instead of voting for two Disney movies.

  • Michael F.

    I’m kind of surprised that there were only three best animated film nominees; I thought there were enough films to get five nominees like last year. At least Toy Story 3 got some love from the Best Picture list. I don’t think it’ll win (I still think the Social Network will win but I wouldn’t be surprised if True Grit won) but at least it is there.

  • moritz

    Congratulations to Studio Soi and Magic Light Pictures for ‘the Gruffalo’! It’s a brilliant film and a well deserved nomination! A young, fresh Studio with amazing artists.

  • lola

    Yes! Congratulations to the crew of The Illusionist! Really a brilliant film and a piece of artistry.
    I’m actually surprised to see How to Train Your Dragon up there. I can’t even remember that it was made this year.
    Also, congrats to ‘The Lost Thing’ for the nom. Saw it at the Show of Shows and thought it was really fun.

    Agh, congrats to everyone! xD

  • http://torstenadair.blogspot.com Torsten Adair

    As for why there are ten Best Picture nominees…
    1) Some films were snubbed in past years, so the Academy widened the field.
    2) Box office hits generate higher ratings (see: Titanic, Lord of the Rings). Little seen movies generate lower ratings.

    The Oscars award the best, but it’s an industry award. As most filmgoers know, Popular does not always equal Best.

  • Clement

    I wonder the last time a number 3 was nominated for best motion picture. I doubt it happens often.

    The nominated animated features are ok films but I don’t think any of them deserve an oscar. Tangled and Despicable Me were decent too but not oscar worthy either.

    • Gobo

      What films would you have nominated for Best Animated Feature, if not the ones listed? As others have noted, Toy Story 3 is the best-reviewed movie of the year, animated or not, so I’m certainly not surprised that it got a Best Picture as well as Best Animated Feature nom.

    • Jay

      “I wonder the last time a number 3 was nominated”
      Godfather 3 was nominated, and LoTR: Return of the King won, not sure of any others.

  • http://thatssokraven.livejournal.com/ Kelly Tindall

    How to Train Your Dragon was significantly more enjoyable to me than Toy Story 3. I will try not be disappointed when Toy Story puts its plastic boot on Dragon’s scaly neck, and twists.

    • Chelsea

      I don’t remember Woody being malicious, at least in the third movie.

      Can’t Woody and Toothless be friends?

      Oh, I forgot, competing animated films/ companies are supposed to hate each other, play nasty and make snide remarks about the other guy. Right.

  • tomm

    hooray for all the animation nominations and especially the indys ;)

  • http://animationinventory.blogspot.com/ teodor

    and where is Sensology by Michel Gagne?

    • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

      Sensology was among the top ten and that’s a note worthy achievement for any film, especially an abstract one, the Academy has historically favored story oriented films. I’m surprised that Plympton’s Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger didn’t get a nomination.

  • Christopher Cook

    Related: On Sunday the Golden Raspberry Committee revealed their nominations for the Razzies, and “The Last Airbender” (based on the Nick cartoon) got eight nods. Pound to a penny says “Yogi Bear” racks up plenty of nominations next year.

    • Jabberwocky

      Wait, what? What did the Last Failbender get nominated for? Regardless of its shameless butchering of the source material, that movie was the worst filmmaking I’ve seen in years. It’s really, really sad when a cartoon can show better special effects than a multi-million dollar movie, and that’s not even including the pathetic script, wooden acting, and terrible pacing.

      • Joshua

        It’s the Razzies; it’s not an award for good films. “The Last Airbender” was nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor (x2), Worst Supporting Actress, Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3-D, Worst Screen Couple/Ensemble, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Prequel/Remake/Ripoff/Sequel.

        “Yogi Bear” managed to avoid getting any Razzie nominations. It was a 2010 release, so we won’t see it at next year’s Razzies either.

  • http://MrFun'sBlog Floyd Norman

    When you’re as old as I am you tend to grow tired of Academy superficiality and the blather over silly “high school contests.” There is no best – only lots of great work by talented individuals.

    Congratulations to all those who contributed to the art of animation last year. We’re delighted with what you’ve produced and you made us proud.

  • http://robertkohr.com Robert Kohr

    All I can say is that when i saw Madagascar my jaw dropped, damn good film.

  • http://www.bishopanimation.com Floyd Bishop

    I would feel much better about an animated feature as a nominee for Best Picture if it wasn’t a sequel of a sequel.

    • Dan Ang

      Real talk: it also happens to be the best movie of the year, academy’s animation bias be damned.

  • http://www.daryl-rhystaylor.co.uk Daryl T

    Congratulations to Toy Story and shame about Tangled.

  • http://www.inkandpixelclub.com Sara

    Does anyone know for certain why “Toy Story 3″ is up for Best Adapted Screenplay as opposed to Best Original Screenplay? Is it because the Academy counts a sequel to previous movies as being based on existing material?

    • Andrew Laubacher

      That’s what I was wondering as well. What was the screenplay for TOY STORY 3 adapted from?

      • http://www.inkandpixelclub.com Sara

        Lee Unkirch provided the answer on his Twitter feed. Apparently, the Academy considers all sequels to be adapted screenplays because they’re taking material from one or more previous movies. Seems like kind of a silly interpretation of “adapted,” but that’s the answer.

      • Joshua

        There’s precedent for that. “Before Sunset” was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, because it was based on characters created for the previous film “Before Sunrise.” It wasn’t based on a book or play or anything like that; it was classified as an “adapted” screenplay just because it was a sequel.

  • C. Stulz

    Anyone else scratching their head at Tron being snubbed for visual effects? Seemed like a no brainer.

    • Jay

      Likely the same thing that happened to Tangled, it was released too late in the season to influence enough people to vote for it. Most of the “art films” like Black Swan, King’s Speech, and True Grit get Oscar hype months before they release. Tangled and Tron weren’t considered Oscar worthy until after they were released (Tron for visual effects, art direction, and score) and by then many voters had already made their choices and gone with the usual “art film” selection. If Tron and Tangled had released a few months earlier they would likely have been nominated in their stronger fields.

      • http://www.synchrolux.com Kevin

        The nominees for Best Animated Film are voted on by only those people in the Animation Division of the Academy. Those folks have to watch every submitted animated film in order for their votes to count. They don’t vote till they’ve seen all the films. If anything, films released and seen more recently (closer to the voting) have an advantage. So your explanation of why Tangled (and Tron) didn’t get nominations doesn’t hold water.

      • Rodan

        yes….the voters are those in the Animation Division of the Academy…but the board members who chose the nominations are not. There should have been a few more included in this years nominees.

      • http://www.synchrolux.com Kevin

        No, this is still wrong. I believe any member of the Animation Branch (actually Short Films and Feature Animation Branch) who wishes to be involved in the nominating process can sign up, and then view at least 80% the films, and vote to select the nominees. I could be wrong, it might actually be than ANY member of the Academy who expresses interest and watches 80% of the films can be involved in the nominating process. In any event, the nominating committee is not some tiny, secret, hand-picked group of conspirators — it is a whole bunch of interested Academy members who take the time to see virtually all of the films in question, and who vote by secret ballot.

        Once the nominees are selected, then the entire Academy votes on the winner. The maximum number of nominees is not determined by the nominating committee, but instead is based on the total number of feature films submitted. If there are 15 or fewer animated features submitted, there can only be a maximum of 3 nominees. If there are 16 or more, the max number is five. Also, the nominated films must reach a certain score to be nominated. It’s possible that there could be no features nominated, or only one or two, if the scores weren’t sufficiently high.

        Somebody who’s involved in the process can correct me if I’m wrong about any of this, but I’ve been to some of the nomination screenings, and this is how it was explained to me a Academy members who were doing the nominating.

        By the way, does everyoen know that John Lasseter is the governor of the Animation Branch? Do people imagine that he or the Academy went out of their way to snub Tangled?

      • Jed

        “The Kings Speech” receives 12 nominations, is this the year the tedious reigns?

      • Ashley

        “By the way, does everyoen know that John Lasseter is the governor of the Animation Branch? Do people imagine that he or the Academy went out of their way to snub Tangled? ”
        My friend and I were discussing that the other day. It is hollywood after all… where votes could possibly be bought or persuaded.

    • http://www.inkandpixelclub.com Sara

      My guess is that because there were only three nominees this year, the Academy didn’t want two of those slots doing to one company. “Toy Story 3″ was pretty much assured a nomination, so if the Academy didn’t want two Best Animated Feature nominees to be Disney films, “Tangled” couldn’t be on the list.

      It’s also possible that Academy members didn’t think “Tangled” was as good as the films that did get nominated. Or maybe it was left out for some other reason that I can’t think of. I can guess at why it happened, but I doubt any of us will ever know for sure.

      Regardless, I think it’s a shame that there were only three nominees this year. I’m sure some years it would be difficult to come up with five animated films that could all potentially be the best animated film of the year, but 2010 was not one of those years. I doubt it would have been a struggle to come up with two more worthy films. It’s a pity that the rules didn’t allow for it this time around.

    • Pedro Nakama

      Political reasons. The VFX Supe is not well liked in town. And yes that still happens!

    • burkiss

      The way that Academy voting for nominations works is that voting members have to see 80% of the features to vote. They then rate that film and the average rating for that film is tallied. If 100 members see Toy Story 3 and only 20 see, say, The Illusionist, it is still the average rating of the members that saw the film that counts. If you worked on or had anything to do with any of the features that year then you are not allowed to vote, so it’s a good bet that John Lasseter never does.

  • Kieran Pertnav

    How to Train Your Dragon was super overrated. The story was generic, and it wasn’t funny, like, at all. It’s essentially just an effects film. Toothless was cute though.

    I’m confused as to why TS3 gets an “adapted screenplay” nod, isn’t it an original screenplay? Unless the ‘story by’ credit that Lasseter and co. got was more extensive than I thought, or the film was actually written on a storyboard, which I doubt.

    • Some Girl

      Since when did animated movies have to be funny?
      And in some form or another, all movies are not completely original. Overrated? Give me a break, what they did was make a fantastic enjoyable film out of a familiar story is all. HTTYD did have it’s emotional parts as well.It wasn’t overrated, just too epic. :D
      If you are talking about overrated…..TS3 was kinda..maybe in that direction. Just a little. Loved both movies though, but..yeah.

    • Mark Walton

      You’re certainly entitled to your opinion, but I strongly disagree. I thought “How to Train Your Dragon” deserved at least as much attention as it got and more – even if the story had familiar elements, it was still done incredibly well, had a lot of heart, drama, excitement, some genuine emotion, a surprising and deeply satifying ending, and some really funny moments as well (you really didn’t laugh at ALL, not even during the “heart to heart” talk between Hiccup and his dad?). It was one of the only films I saw more than once in the theater, and the only one I saw 3 times.
      I do agree, however, that giving all sequels an “adapted screenplay” credit is ridiculous.

  • anon

    I can’t believe Tangled wasn’t even nominated?! I saw the Illusionist… as pretty as the film was, good lord it was depressing. Tangled deserves to be in that place.

    • Lib

      So cheerful films are automatically better and deserve more recognition than sad films? What a peculiar point of view.

      • anon

        last time i checked people go to the movies to enjoy films and escape depression. As pretty and well made as the movie was, I’ll skip the ten dollar ticket and just cut my wrists at home.

      • http://www.inkandpixelclub.com Sara

        People go to the movies for all sorts of reasons. Yes, a lot of the time they want to be entertained, but sometimes they want to be moved or to learn something or simply to see something they’ve never seen before.

        If you found “The Illusionist” – which I haven’t seen yet and can’t comment on – so relentlessly depressing that it was unpleasant to watch, that’s a perfectly valid criticism. But it sounds like you’re saying “movies shouldn’t be sad,” which is pretty limiting for any medium.

      • Jorge Garrido

        This is the dumbest comparison I’ve ever heard. A sad movie is equivalent to slashing your wrists now?

        You guys are gonna hate Frank Capra…

      • Was my face red.

        Where was this cinema you checked anon.. the one where all the depressives go? I sure wouldn’t want to watch a comedy there.

    • Danny

      Seems pretty ridiculous to me to suggest that a film’s quality is determined by the happiness of the ending. If you don’t like movies that end on a down note, that’s fine, but that has nothing to do with how well written it is, or how well animated, or how well communicated the message of the movie is.

      • optimist

        There are far too many people who equate their personal reactions to a film with whether the film is (somehow) objectively “good” or “lousy”.

        You can love or hate, sure-it’s a free world and it takes all kinds, but be aware that you might not have the last word on what standards of success or failure are.

  • Rodan

    Jerry,
    I’m ever increasingly losing all faith in the Academy Awards Board..or whomever is voting in the Animated category… when there are 10 best picture nominations and only 3 Best Animated Features? There were so many Animated features out this past year… Are the board members just being lazy? Or, is the price to high for the studios to put out for the obviously crooked Academy. Sounds like they need a swift kick for giving voters only three films to consider…

    To me there’s a really good news item in this…especially after the HFPA supposed crooked ways… I’m next to sure that this will spill over onto the Academy’s turfdom…

    • Justin

      The rules are quite clear: http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/rule07.html

      There were only 15 animated films eligible for consideration this year which means a maximum of 3 nominations. This has nothing to do with laziness or crookedness.

      In addition all of the eligible movies are screened and voted on by an animation committee selected by a Chairperson who is appointed by the Academy president. Unlike Best Picture which is voted on by every member of The Academy, Best Animated Feature films are only voted on by animation professionals.

      • Mark Walton

        You are correct, but this rule (15 – 3,16+ – 5)is arbitrary and stupid. If only one animated film came out, in a given year, that was worthy of nomination (even if dozens were actually released), then it should get the award without a contest. If only 5 – 10 animated films were released, but they were all excellent, they should all get nominated. It should come down to how many films get a high enough score by the nomination committee and that’s all.

  • Justin

    Too bad Tangled didn’t make it. That was my favorite for this year.

  • http://www.stringstornasunder.blogspot.com Chris Powell

    Does anyone else have hope that Toy Story will take the best picture win? I know there’s all these politics and what not, but man, what if it does?!! :)
    It truly deserves it I think. Cant wait to see……

  • Eric Lurio

    While I’m rooting for “How to Train Your Dragon” I want to comment on something in the shorts category. I thought that they had BANNED TV shows from Oscar consideration. The Gruffalo is a British holiday special. Does this mean that They can start submitting pilots again?

    • http://www.monicochavez.com Monico Chavez

      I believe it’s series and series pilots that are banned, not anything that’s been on television. It just had to have had some award wins or theatrical release before the television debut.

    • Joshua

      I don’t understand it either. The rules (http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/rule19.html) say that a short film “may not be exhibited publicly anywhere in any nontheatrical form, including but not limited to broadcast and cable television, home video, and Internet transmission, until after its Los Angeles theatrical release, or after receiving its festival or Student Academy Award.”

      By the same token, I don’t know how “Wallace and Gromit in ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’” qualified last year, either.

  • http://mattanimates.blogspot.com Matthew

    Almost everything is pretty good, but I’m actually offended by the choice of Let’s Pollute. I’m not trying to be a troll, but that film was offensively condescending, pure propaganda because rather than inform anyone about anything it spoke only in buzzwords that were rivals if not worse than that of Fox News. I’m an environmentalist and a liberal, and felt like it was speaking down to me. I dope Day and Night wins, too bad Plympton got shafted.

  • Inkan1969

    The frustrating detail is that had only one more animated feature film been submitted, the academy could’ve then had five nominations. Then “Tangled” could’ve gotten a nom alongside “The Illusionist”, with another indy like “Summer Wars” or “Idiots and Angels” taking the fifth.

    Greenville, SC, is lucking out in that a local auditorium, the Peace Center, will be showing the animated features next month. So I’ll be able to catch them on the big screen.

    • 2011 Toddler

      *foreheadSmack*

  • Brad Constantine

    Congrats all around!!

  • Toonio

    TS3 for best movie? This has to be a kick in the nuts for Finding Nemo.

  • Cyle

    Congratulations to everyone. It really was a good year for animation. There were several films deserving of recognition. It’s a shame that some good films were left out, but I felt everyone really brought their A game this year. I’m especially happy about the Toy Story 3 Best Picture nomination. I still haven’t seen a few of the other Best Picture nominees, but so far I think TS3 should win.

  • betty

    tangled was a way better movie then the illusionist. My vote goes to Dragon now.

  • Jabberwocky

    Would’ve liked to see Tangled get a nod, but since Toy Story will win anyway, it’s not a big deal.

    What does bother me is “I see the Light” song getting the nomination! That was the one song I truly hated in that movie. Why not “I’ve Got a Dream” or “Mother Knows Best”? They were both much more interesting. :/

    Tron really should have gotten a nod for score and visual effects, too.

  • Matt Sullivan

    It’s a shame HTTYD had to pick THIS year to go up against Toy Story 3, which, while it IS a great movie, is not as good as Dragon in my humble opinion.

    Dragon has no chance of winning. We all know the Oscar has been bought by Disney. There will be NO question as to TS3′s inevitable victory.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I thought Tangled was the best Disney film I’ve seen in years. I don’t understand how Toy Story 3 was also nominated for Best Picture. Out of the 3 animated films nominated I’d give it to How To Train Your Dragon.

  • http://www.sfs.org.sg/animation Dave

    I guess Megamind can stop running the ads for Best Animated Feature on CB now..

    Thought HTTYD was much better than Tangled. Haven’t seen The Illusionist but glad it made it.

  • Jen

    I liked both ‘Tangled’ and ‘The Illusionist,’ but I’m glad ‘The Illusionist’ got the nomination. It’s good to see recognition bestowed on something that’s not a studio film and has a unique visual style, and I also appreciate the support for hand-drawn animation at a time when 3D CGI films are so dominant.

    On a more pragmatic level, the nomination will do a whole lot more to help ‘The Illusionist’ find an appreciative audience. ‘Tangled’ is already successful and well-received, and most people have heard of the movie; casual filmgoers might not have heard of ‘The Illusionist’ prior to the nomination. To the extent that it exposes people to a wider array of animated films, a nomination for a less typical movie is a net positive.

  • John

    Toy Story 3 is a Brave Little Toast knock off with a villain similar to Toy Story 2. But hey what do I know. *tells self to stop thinking*

  • burkiss

    THE LOST THING!!!!!! Great little movie and beautiful too, I hope it does well.

  • mickhyperion

    How to Train Your Dragon was a pathetic mess. Sad to see it get the nomination. Toy Story 3 was excellent and deserves it. I’ll be seeing The Illusionist this weekend and I have high expectations.

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    Toy Story 3 was pretty similar to Toy Story 2, had a villain whose motivations I never could understand, has too many characters to make us care about anyone and the ending was emotional, but a little manipulative and not exactly the most difficult resolution. However, it had some hilarious and imaginative scenes concerning the escape from the kindergarten and Mr. Potato Head’s abilities.

    HTTYD had mostly generic characters, except for Toothless, it kind of had the cliche underdog story, didn’t have a lot of jokes, the secondary characters were a little underused, the final act came out of nowhere and the father character wasn’t very well used. However the main character, Hiccup, though stereotypical, was charismatic enough, the montages of Hiccup and Toothless becoming friends were magical and superbly done, the music/score was fantastic, the 3D effect was pretty cool in the flying scenes and the final sequence was risky, emotional and more sincere than the one in Toy Story 3.

    Tangled didn’t have anything very new in the story and most of the songs were pretty forgettable, but the characters were charismatic, the story was pretty solid, the villain’s motivations were believable, the animation looked great and it had a good combination of comedy and drama.

    I don’t even know which one was the best, but T.S. 3 probably isn’t. Or at least it’s not by such a far distance as critics and nominations try to make us think.

    T.S. 3 was still a good movie compared to plenty other movies, but I’d take T.S.1 or even T.S. 2 over it any time.

    • Marco

      Technically, TS1 had more characters, so it seems like a silly criticism. TS3 is easily the best of the trilogy.

  • Matt Sullivan

    I say it EVERY year, The BEST ANIMATED FEATURE is an INSULT to animation. It’s only there to placate us, to pat us on the collective noggin and say “Aww, you think you’re REAL filmmakers. Isn’t that cute!”

    • Chelsea

      Is best documentary an insult to documentary film makers?

    • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

      I’m not sure about that. Yeah, I guess ideally animated movies would compete with life action in the same terms. But in reality animated movies still don’t have such a variety of genres and subjects as life-action has.

      Most of the animated movies that have succeeded with audiences are apt for children. Some of them are a little more mature than others but none of them are only for adults.

      Most adult animated movies are indie films about subjects that wouldn’t probably be a success in life-action either.

      I’m not saying those can’t be good movies, but animated movies still have a long way to be equal in variety to life-action.

      The way things are now I believe the Animated Feature category actually gives a chance to movies that wouldn’t probably get any nomination at all if that category wouldn’t exist. The Illusionist would be considered too obscure to Best Movie nomination. Despicable Me-I know it’s not nominated but it illustrates the point- would be considered too childish to get a Best Movie nomination. I mean, when was the last time a children movie got nominated for a important prize? Even if it’s a good children movie.

  • Yoshiki

    Maybe it’s time to divide The BEST ANIMATED FEATURE into The BEST HAND-DRAWN ANIMATED FEATURE and The BEST CG ANIMATED FEATURE

    • Joshua

      There are more than two ways to make animated films. Note that the Best Animated Feature winner in 2005 was “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” which is stop-motion.

  • Rezz

    I REALLY enjoyed Tangle despite being a predictable disney film. It was still the most lovely film from Disney in a decade.

    however, I would argue that The Illusionist is really elevated our medium for animation. It’s an amazing film and we would just have to ask our selves……..would a major american animation studio make a film like that? clearly no….no one would take that risk.

    That’s what we need in our industry, something unique.

  • John

    Why don’t they just call it the Pixar animation category? I’m not flattering Pixar!

  • Ty

    Congrats to all three of the film’s production teams. They all worked hard and it’s nice to be recognized for their hard work.

    However, i do have a problem that only THREE animated films were nominated. The reasoning behind it is that there have to be 16 submissions that meet the requirements of being nominated for Best animated feature.

    APPARENTLY. Only 15 films met the requirements so only 3 got nominations. I think that’s absolute bullshit.

    The 15 films that were eligible were:

    “Alpha and Omega”
    “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore”
    “Despicable Me”
    “The Dreams of Jinsha”
    “How to Train Your Dragon”
    “Idiots and Angels”
    “The Illusionist”
    “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole”
    “Megamind”
    “My Dog Tulip”
    “Shrek Forever After”
    “Summer Wars”
    “Tangled”
    “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue”
    “Toy Story 3”

    of course we know which ones got nominated but out of those 15 they couldn’t pull out two more that deserved a nomination. Summer Wars was phenomenal(I’d say it was up there with Toy Story in it’s storytelling quality.) and I literally taken aback when it didn’t get a nod.

    anyway, that’s my two cents. congrats to the film’s nominated.

  • Eric Graf

    There were 16 films submitted. Only 15 were declared eligible. The 16th film was (drum roll please) Yogi Bear, and it was ineligible because there wasn’t an animated character on screen 75% of the time (it’s in the rules).

    In other words, Tangled and another movie (probably not Alpha and Omega) lost out on their nominations because they couldn’t put Yogi in his own movie for just a few … more … minutes. Sleep on that one.

    I still don’t get how Cats and Dogs 2 got in. Surely they were using puppets and/or real animals at least SOME of the time. But what do I know? I’m not a digital animator or the AMPAS stopwatch guy.

    Also, am I the only one who thinks Summer Wars fans are getting a bit carried away?

    There’s really nothing in that movie for the non-Anime fan. The animation’s cheap, the setup and characters are just your typical Anime tropes, the climax is something straight out of Sailor Moon … I mean, what’s to like, unless you’re already into Anime and are used to putting up with such shenanigans?

    The Oz cyberworld is pretty spiffy looking, but that does not make the movie Oscar material. It’s not that it’s a bad movie – I certainly enjoyed it – but there have been FAR stronger Anime movies slighted by this category in the past. Matter of fact, there was one last year.

    Congrats to all the nominees, and also to Tangled, which at least has the consolation that its absence is attracting a lot of notice, both here and in the mainstream press.

  • Alberto

    What’s with all the disappointing remarks on “The Illusionist?” I just saw it last night and it was absolutely wonderful! “How to Train Your Dragon” was great, and I don’t doubt that “Toy Story 3″ or “Tangled” were good films made by people who care about the project. But I thought “The Illusionist” stands out from the rest for lots of different reasons. It was definitely a break from the norm; no dialogue, no close-ups, more centered around a theme/idea as opposed to a plot driven story, and the character designs were caricatures, how could not LOVE THAT?
    “The Illusionist” was ultimately about a ‘dying art,’ and was a reference to the medium the movie was made in, I would think if anyone appreciated a message like that more than anyone it would be the people on this site.
    I’m not sure if “The Illusionist” will win or not, but the academy should reward Chomet for making the decisions and risks that he did.

  • Yoshiki

    It’s all because of Yogi. that horrible movie. im definitely not gonna watch it.

  • Dave Jones

    I absolutely love films to the point that I made it my life’s career. That said, I never have liked the Oscars. Their methods of choosing the winners is so flawed it’s sad. If I ever was the one accepting the Oscar, I would politely thank them then give it to a film that was not nominated… but I won’t get on my soap box right now.

    What I will say is All the movies that I’ve seen that got nominated are fantastic films. I imagine the one’s I have not seen are too.

    Hope “Toy Story 3″ does not win. While good it was not as memorable or well done as “Toy Story 2″. Out of the one’s that won “How To Train Your Dragon” has my vote.
    “Rupunzel” (as I call it because that is what it should have been called) should definitely have been nominated.

    Remember though, Oscars don’t mean nearly as much as the audience’s reaction. The original “Star Wars” is a prime example of that.

  • Jed

    The original Star Wars, A New Hope was nominated for 10 Oscars and won 6 in 1978.

    • Dave Jones

      Indeed, I was pointing out it’s oscar impact vs audience impact as “Star Wars” has one of the largest audience group of all time – sorry for not making that more clear.