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Academy Award Nominations for Animation

by Jerry Beck
January 16, 2014 8:42 AM
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The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and five nominees for Best Animated Feature were:

  • The Croods Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson (Dreamworks/Fox)
  • Despicable Me 2 Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri (Illumination/Universal)
  • Ernest & Celestine Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner (Les Amateurs/GKids)
  • Frozen Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho (Disney)
  • The Wind Rises Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki (Studio Ghibli)

"Happy" from Despicable Me 2 and "Let It Go" from Frozen were nominated for Best Song.

Nominated for Best animated short film were:

  • Feral Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
  • Get a Horse! Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
  • Mr. Hublot Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
  • Possessions Shuhei Morita
  • Room on the Broom Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

The Academy Award winners will be announced on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014.

Filmmakers Reactions

From directors Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho - "Frozen"

"Frozen's journey has gone beyond our wildest dreams. We thank the Academy for this honor 

and look forward to celebrating the nominations with our crew at Disney Animation today."

From director Lauren MacMullan and producer Dorothy McKim - "Get A Horse!"

"On behalf of the small but mighty crew of hand-drawn and CG artists from Get A Horse!, we want to express our deepest gratitude to the Academy for the nomination. We hoped the short would be seen as a love letter to Mickey, to Walt and to the magic of cinema, and have been overwhelmed by the response."

From writer/director Kirk DeMicco - "The Croods"

"Today's Oscar nomination is without a doubt the icing on the cake of an eight-year labor of love.  We set out to make a film that everyone in the family - especially fathers - can relate to:  a story about the power of change.  You'd think as an Oscar hopeful I'd be up at 5:30 AM glued to my television, but instead I was in the nursery of my 10 month old twins experiencing the real power of change - that of diapers.   This film has taken the work of over 300 talented artists at DreamWorks Animation to produce and on behalf of our entire crew, I send a huge thank-you to the Academy and raise a baby bottle in toast to our fellow nominees!" 

From writer/director Chris Sanders  - "The Croods" 

"The challenge of building the world of The Croods was that our reference disappeared a few million years ago.  Croods was woven from pure imagination.  This nomination is an acknowledgement and reward to the hundreds of artists who worked so hard to bring this very human story to life.  On behalf of the entire Croods team, we wish to thank the Academy for this incredible honor."

From producer Kristine Belson - "The Croods"

"Wow... WOW!  I'm so thrilled and so grateful to the Academy.  But mostly, I'm so very proud on behalf of our incredible team of artists who crafted this film, our amazing voice cast, and most of all of our writer/directors Chris and Kirk.  They made a movie that was both hilarious and moving and I feel damn lucky to be part of this remarkable team."  

From Shuhei Morita, director (short) - "Possessions"

"It is a godsend! We are so glad that Possessions has been nominated and will be seen by a lot of people. I’ve struggled for the past few years about “What is my anime style?” But Possessions is a piece in which I realized that I was satisfied with myself to be able to honestly put my soul in it. With just a few staff, we brainstormed some ideas off each other to come up with this film. We are so glad that such a title is accepted in the world. We are a bit nervous but looking forward to the final awards ceremony come March 2nd."

From directors Max Lang and Jan Lanchauer, directors (short) - "Room On The Broom" 

"This is incredible! We tried not to think about the possibility of getting nominated and kept telling each other, this won't happen...and now…it really did happen! We would like to thank the Academy in the name of the whole team that worked incredibly hard on making this film. This nomination means a lot to us and we're so happy our film made it this far."

From directors Michael Rose and Martin Pope, producers (short) - "Room On The Broom" 

"I was in a meeting about our next production and Martin was at a lunch when our office called with the amazing news.  We're completely thrilled and delighted. It's a great honour for the film, and we're so grateful to our brilliant directors Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, and everyone who worked so hard to make the film."

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  • Anson Jew | January 16, 2014 6:40 PMReply

    For you voters, no screener DVD of Ernest and Celestine so far, that I've seen. But if you get a chance to see a theater screening of it, it's well worth considering. It's a beautiful, charming little film. It would be nice to see a hand-drawn, small-budget indie win an award every once in a while.

  • ÖH | January 16, 2014 4:44 PMReply

    For a certain genitalia obsessed multiple-award winning Disney-slamming multimillionaire, things are finally going her way. Flowers and Trees, watch your back.. this ain't your great great grandma's corporate logo.

  • Nic Kramer | January 18, 2014 10:32 AM

    Perhaps Disney should do a film about a troll that doesn't know when to quit stiring blant fights....

  • ÖH | January 18, 2014 2:31 AM

    You have described liking the declining quality of Disney cartoons. Reread your previous statement carefully please. However, I hate the diminishing standard more than I dislike any specific cartoon because of the way in which it is reflected by the collective consciousness. I don't have a musical postscript for you, so just imagine Bosko and Honey singing an equally edifying ditty. Glad to answer your questions.

  • Nic Kramer | January 17, 2014 11:50 PM

    It is not a "decline in quality"! Look, you may hate the recent stuff, but I like it. To quote the song "Let it Go" ("The cold never'd bother me anyway").

  • ÖH | January 17, 2014 4:52 PM

    Nic Kramer,

    Using your own descriptions, going from "Walt stuff = gold" to "recent = good" is a decline in quality, not a "progress" in quality as you stated. Therefore, if it appears to you that Disney had the "strongest one", then you are actually saying that the latest example of the declining quality of Disney films is the best contender for an Oscar among its peers. So the question should be, if a recent Disney film doesn't measure up to the declining quality of previous Oscar winning Disney films, why should it even be considered? Obviously they can't re-employ the three-strip Technicolor process and wow us again that way, but I believe nominating/awarding something other than a modern effects-laden nostalgic "(yet another) Celebration of Mickey" would put focus and investment elsewhere where it might cultivate real progress rather than stagnation. If you just like the Disney brand, actual competition as I described would make Disney step up their game and you might enjoy the results.

  • Nic Kramer | January 17, 2014 12:55 PM

    Bah! So there a difference in quality of the past and present Disney. Who cares? That's progress. Looking back to the 2013 releases of American animated films, Disney had the strongest one and I really mean it. One of my pet peeves is people making blant critisims of comparing the past films to today and saying all new films are garbage. Yes, I know that most of the Walt stuff will forever be considered gold, but can't some recent animated films be considered good too? I say it should.

    Also, I found "Get a Horse" to be much better than most of the recent TV shorts from last year. I find most of them to be too un-Disney. Plus, having real traditional animation (which I hope will rise again in films soon) helps give it more charm.

  • ÖH | January 16, 2014 8:03 PM

    Nic Kramer,
    The general consumer's inability to differentiate between criticism of Walt Disney and criticism of the modern Disney Company is the reason why Disney films aren't held to the standards of their past work, and explains how as an industry leader the Disney Company has lowered the standards for every other studio.
    I was really hoping one of the Spongebob Mousepants shorts would be nominated, but then I realized the Academy only awards films of television production "quality" and doesn't award actual television programming.

  • Nic Kramer | January 16, 2014 6:48 PM

    First of all, "AH", the heck are you talking about? Second of all, do we really need a lame comment about the Disney company right now? Besides, it looks like they could have stiff compation with "The Wind Rises" (though, they are going to distribute this in the U.S.) and "Ernest & Celestine". Although, I admit I still haven't those two yet.

  • Gaastra | January 16, 2014 9:18 AMReply

    Nice to see the wind rises. His last film got an oscar nod. That's great. I think frozen will get it but who knows. Looks like no pixar this year. No "wreck it ralph getting robbed by brave " scene this year. I loved brave but everyone knew ralph was the better film. Is this the first time in years no pixar film was not picked?

    I hope get a horse gets it this year. I'ts the best mickey short in years and everyone was laughing when we went to see frozen. My family all loved it.

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