By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn February 11, 2010 at 3:13AM
Wallace and Gromit aren't as synonymous with Oscar wins as the infallible Pixar brand, but they should be. Since 1993, this cheery man-and-dog claymation duo from the U.K. has charmed audiences all the way through awards season, garnering a total of three Oscars for creator Nick Park and losing only once, in 1991, to Park's own short Creature Comforts. In less than a decade, Wallace and Gromit worked their way up to the big leagues: Park won Oscars for best animated short film in 1993 and 1995, then took home the best animated feature award for The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the pair's first full-length vehicle, in 2006. This year, the Da Vinci of stop-motion slapstick has returned to the short-film category with Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death, and seems all but guaranteed victory once again, and not just because the film runs much longer than anything else in the competition.