Award Season Focus

One Corporation Cannot Own the Animated Feature Oscar

Big Hero 6′s Oscar win, along with the snub of The LEGO Movie, has generated more discussion about the Oscars’ animated feature category than ever before. The discussions happening though are for all the wrong reasons. No one is talking about the films themselves, but rather about how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has a tenuous grasp on judging the merits of animated features.

Now would therefore be as good a time as any to point out how overwhelmingly skewed the Academy Awards animated feature category has become in favor of one corporation and why the Academy must address the issue of blind-voting in this category. I explained my position earlier this afternoon in a series of posts on Twitter:

Bottomline: Modifications to the Academy’s voting process for the animated feature category are necessary to break the monopoly on the award.

Award shows routinely revamp their rules to make things more fair. For example, a few years ago ASIFA-Hollywood overhauled the voting process of its Annie Awards after (get ready for irony) Disney threatened to withdraw all of their films from the show because, they claimed, the voting process was skewed.

The Academy needs to recognize that there’s something woefully wrong when one corporation essentially owns one of their categories, and must institute meaningful rule changes to create a fairly judged category.