It’s been a similarly slow start with the Academy’s animated feature category (since its inception, 71% of all the awards in the category have been presented to the Walt Disney Company). While history tells us that the Academy has managed to break out of this rut once before, time will tell when the Academy finally starts to treat animated features as seriously as it does live-action features, recognizing animation as the rich and diverse art form that those of us who love it know it to be.
In the animated short category, the winner was Dear Basketball, marking the first time that a person who has had rape charges filed against them won the best animated short Oscar.
The other nominees in the category were Garden Party (dir. Gabrielle Grapperon, Victor Caire), Lou (dir. Dave Mullins), Negative Space (dir. Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter), and Revolting Rhymes (dir. Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer).
Director Theodore Ushev, who was nominated for an animated short Oscar last year for Blind Vaysha, commented on tonight’s curious Oscars where the executive producers of both the winning animated feature (John Lasseter) and short (Bryant) have been accused of sexual misconduct:
In the visual effects category, Blade Runner 2049 edged out the favorite, War for the Planet of the Apes, to win the Academy Award. John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, and Richard R. Hoover accepted the award.