Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Disney/Pixar Shut Out of Best Animated Feature Oscar

Cars 2 stalled on Oscar's pit row.
It's no surprise that two great homages to classic cinema, Martin Scorsese's Hugo and the French retro-silent film The Artist, snagged the lion's share of Academy Award nominations today.

But, for Disney and Pixar to get shut out of the Best Animated Feature category? Inconceivable!

In the eleven-year history of the category, only in 2005 did Disney and Pixar both fail to have a film nominated for Best Animated Feature.

Until today.

Neither Cars 2 nor Winnie the Pooh--both underrated films--failed to get Oscar nods. The nominees were:

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

The surprise nominations were the French feline mystery-adventure A Cat in Paris and the Spanish musical romance Chico & Rita. These are two films I've yet to see--but they've definitely been added to my watch list. Of the three nominees I did see, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp's Rango is my favorite for its sheer strangeness.

Pixar fared better in the Animated Short Film category, with La Luna receiving a nomination.

The Oscars will be presented in Hollywood on February 26.

The complete Oscar nominations list.


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