Around this time of year, the marketing department at studios ramp up to remind voters to consider their films when votes are cast for awards. Full-page spreads are taken out in trades such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, ads cover film websites and blogs, and posters are unleashed into the wild. Disney/Pixar has released the first such ad, known as a “For Your Consideration” (FYC) ad, for Monsters University. Take a look at the poster after the break!
It’s the most controversial time of the year. Awards season is officially underway, with various organizations beginning to announce nominations and even winners for what they consider to be the year’s best films. Where awards shows go, controversy follows closely behind, as bold choices are often made for which films, filmmakers, and actors are celebrated. On Monday, the Los Angeles branch of Association Internationale du Film d’Animation, also known as ASIFA-Hollywood, released their list of nominees for the Annie Awards, an event that many consider to be the biggest night for film and television animation. Pixar’s Monsters University and Toy Story OF TERROR! landed a combined 17 nominations. Find more details about what is in store for Pixar this awards season after the break!
As the calendar turns to November, the awards race begins to heat up in Hollywood. Although the most notable of the awards shows, the Academy Awards, does not take place until March 2014, every studio aims to stay in front of the pack, especially as the holiday season is often stacked with films looking to capture the attention of critics and awards voters. Monsters University will be competing with Disney Animation’s Frozen to receive nominations in the Animated Film category, both of which the Academy stated have been submitted by Disney for contention. However, the Academy has also announced that Pixar’s 2013 short, The Blue Umbrella, did not make the shortlist of animation shorts advancing to the next stage and will not be competing for an Oscar.
Early this morning, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences issued a press release detailing a new process for choosing Best Picture nominees. Recently, the Academy increased the number of films that could be nominated in the category from five to 10. It was widely seen as a response to The Dark Knight not receiving a nomination the previous year. During this brief two-year era of 10 nominees, Disney/Pixar’s feature films were nominated each year (Up and Toy Story 3). Now, the Academy has altered the rules once again, stating that there will now be “anywhere between five and 10 nominees in the category.” What does that mean for Pixar? Read on to find out! [Read more...]
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Tonight is the big night, as The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are being held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is nominated for five Oscars, while the studio’s short, Day & Night, is up for one. Read on for a complete list of categories in which they have received nominations. [Read more...]
Toy Story 3 was the best-reviewed film of the year, sitting at the top of Rotten Tomatoes’ tracking system with a 99% rating. Further, the film broke records left and right at the box office, ultimately settling in the position of the biggest movie of 2010 and the highest-grossing animated film of all-time. It is true that box office status and Tomatometer ratings do not guarantee a Best Picture win – actually, they, often don’t. However, many (filmgoers and critics) have called Toy Story 3 the best film of the year, so what is standing in the way of the animated film and the most coveted Oscar? History. [Read more...]
Earlier today, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a press release detailing who will perform at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. It has been confirmed that Randy Newman, the man behind the instantly recognizable Toy Story trilogy soundtrack, will sing “We Belong Together,” the song that plays with the epilogue of Toy Story 3. [Read more...]