Welcome to The Pixar Times’ live-blog of tonight’s Academy Awards, where you will find all Pixar-related updates below. Throughout the telecast, we will be posting updates, so hit your refresh button frequently to find out what is happening live! Are you unable to watch The Academy Awards tonight? Already watching but want some commentary to accompany the broadcast? This is the perfect place to be.
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12:20 AM: Here is Academy Award winner Lee Unkrich with a new toy in hand:
Via: Stitch Kingdom
12:03 AM: Trophy engraving is now taking place.
11:42 PM: That’s a wrap, folks! Toy Story 3 wins two Academy Awards – Best Animated Feature Film and Best Song (“We Belong Together” by Randy Newman). Congratulations to Lee Unkrich, Randy Newman, and like Lee said in his acceptance speech, “every single person who had absolutely anything to do with making Toy Story 3 and getting it out into the world.” You deserve the awards!
11:40 PM: P.S. 22 chorus signing “Over the Rainbow” as all the Oscar winners are gathered on stage. Nice way to end the show and a much better way of offering final congratulations than seen on previous shows.
11:35 PM: The King’s Speech wins Best Picture, coming out on top of Toy Story 3 and the other eight nominees.
11:33 PM: Recapping the 10 nominees.
11:32 PM: Steven Spielberg is presenting the award for Best Picture.
11:30 PM: Just went to commercial break. When we come back to the broadcast, it will be time for the presentation of Best Picture. Toy Story 3 is one of the 10 fabulous films that are nominated this year. Good luck to the team at Pixar!
10:51 PM: Toy Story 3 has now won two Academy Awards: Best Animated Feature Film and Best Song! Only award left that it can win is Best Picture. Now, what a win that would be…
10:49 PM: Randy Newman is truly hilarious as he jokes about being nominated twenty times, but has only won a few times.
10:46 PM: Randy Newman wins Oscar for “We Belong Together”.
10:45 PM: Recapping the nominees for Best Song. And the Oscar goes to…
10:41 PM: Aaaand right on cue, we now have the other two nominees for Best Song being performed.
10:40 PM: The two categories left in which Toy Story 3 is nominated are Best Song and Best Picture. Best Song award should be coming up soon.
10:18 PM: Calling it the year of the musical, in one piece, they’ve taken films and remixed/autotuned their dialogue to make it seem like a musical. Toy Story 3 made an appearance as Woody did some “singing.” Did you know that they originally considered the idea of having the characters singing in the first Toy Story? Ultimately deciding against it, they instead went ahead with accompanying songs (by Randy Newman), which expressed what the characters were going through and what they were feeling.
10:11 PM: They’ve moved on to Documentary Short, so they’ll be coming back to the Best Song category a bit later on.
10:08 PM: They’ve taken a commercial break after the first two performances. I wonder if they will continue the performances right after the break or if they will come back to the other two nominees later in the show.
10:06 PM: “I See The Light” from Tangled currently being performed by Zachary Levi, Mandy Moore, and Alan Menken.
10:04 PM: There is also a very cool effect on stage – the Toy Story 3 scenes are surrounded by the familiar clouds from the Toy Story films.
10:03 PM: Randy Newman performing “We Belong Together” – on the piano and singing. Scenes from Toy Story 3 playing in the background.
10:01 PM: They’re doing a montage of previous best songs. Time for the performances.
9:54 PM: They just did a brief recap of the Sci-Tech Oscars, which was held a few weeks ago. Pixar’s David Laur won for the Alfred queue system.
9:49 PM: Inception wins Best Sound Editing, beating out Toy Story 3.
9:48 PM: Sound Editing category is up now…
9:25 PM: Full transcription of Lee Unkrich’s acceptance speech for Toy Story 3’s Best Animated Feature Oscar:
“Oh boy. I can’t believe I am actually saying this, but thank you to The Academy. I wouldn’t be standing here if it weren’t for the vision of three incredible guys: John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, and Steve Jobs, the founders of Pixar Animation Studios, which by the way is the most AWESOME place on the planet to make movies. (Cheers, yelps from the audience)
To my producer, Darla Anderson; screenwriter Michael Arndt; my cast and crew, everyone at Disney and Pixar; every single person who had absolutely anything to do with making Toy Story 3 and getting it out into the world – I share this with you. To my grandmother, who always insisted that she’d see me up here someday; to my parents, my wife Laura, my kids (Hannah, Alison, Max) – I love you all so much.
And finally, thank you to audiences all over the world who came out in historic numbers and embraced a movie about talking toys that hopefully had something very human to say. Thank you. Thank you, thank you! (Applause)
9:14 PM: The Social Network takes the prize, beating out Toy Story 3 for Best Adapted Screenplay.
9:13 PM: Best Adapted Screenplay category is up now. Toy Story 3 is nominated…
9:07 PM: Lee Unkrich calls Pixar the “most awesome place to make movies.” I’ll have a full transcription of the speech up soon.
9:06 PM: Toy Story 3 wins Best Animated Feature Film!
9:05 PM: Now it’s time for Best Animated Feature Film. Coming up now…
9:04 PM: The Lost Thing wins Best Animated Short, beating out Day & Night.
9:02 PM: Here we go. Categories for Best Animated Feature & Short are about to be presented…
8:41 PM: Joke that fell flat. Franco and Hathaway talking about how it has been a great year for lesbians: Kids Are All Right; dancing lesbians: Black Swan; and then Toy Story 3: “Where’s the daaaaaad?” Hathaway asked.
Audience response to the Toy Story 3 portion of the joke? Scattered applause.
8:36 PM: As a huge Back to the Future fan, I have to give a shout-out to Franco and Hathway’s insertion into the famous 80s film. I’ll take any BTTF reference I can get! Also, that’s a no on a Toy Story 3 clip featuring the actors. That would have proven interesting!
8:33 PM: Currently we have James Franco and Anne Hathaway inserted into some scenes from Best Picture nominees. Wonder if they will try to put the actors in Toy Story 3…
8:31 PM: Toy Story 3 spotted in opening montage of Best Picture films.
8:30 PM: Here we are. The Oscars are officially starting now. Good luck to everybody at Pixar!
8:25 PM: The time has almost arrived. Lee Unkrich shared the following picture from inside the Kodak Theatre. Those are some great seats!
8:10 PM: John Lasseter with his wife, Nancy:
Via: Stitch Kingdom
8:05 PM: Ed Catmull with his daughter:
Via: Stitch Kingdom
8:00 PM: Half an hour away from the start time of the show…
7:30 PM: The big news so far tonight is that apparently Lee Unkrich has forgotten to bring his Big Baby figure with him to the Oscars. (via Steve Pond)
We will have live ’round-the-clock coverage of this stunning news. (That last sentence was dipped in quite a bit of sarcasm.)
In all seriousness, it will be sad that Big Baby won’t be photographed sitting at the Oscars. We will likely have to wait until after the show to see the lovable character posing next to Oscar.
7:23 PM: Steve Pond, writer at TheWrap, just sent out the following tweets:
“John Lasseter: One day an animated film WILL win best picture. You can feel it in Hollywood. We just use different cameras.”
“Lee Unkrich: I think I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t assume we’re going to win tonight.”
7:05 PM: James Franco and Anne Hathaway are going to be the hosts for the show tonight. The Academy has really been trying to woo younger viewers, so they chose younger hosts who also have a respectable resume.
Also, they have set up an All-Access pass on Oscar.com, which gives viewers the chance to get more access to other camera views, like the backstage of the show and the Governer’s Ball following the ceremony. John Lasseter was actually involved in the planning of giving viewers more access to make the broadcast more exciting and keep it up to date with the leaps in technology. Everybody wants a piece of Lasseter!
7:00 PM: Now, we have the Red-Carpet Live show. Media really loves the red-carpet, don’t they?
6:45 PM: Lee Unkrich and wife spotted on the red carpet…
6:38 PM: This red-carpet show seems to have an emphasis on fashion and women, so it will be interesting to see if they can incorporate the nominees at Pixar.
6:30 PM: The red-carpet arrivals show has begun…
5:55 PM: Lee Unkrich just tweeted a few pictures as he is on his way to the awards show:
5:50 PM – Waiting for the red-carpet arrivals to begin. ABC’s broadcast starts up at 6:30 PM.