Tuesday 25 January 2011

Oscar Nominations Revealed: 5 Nominations for Toy Story 3, 2 for How to Train Your Dragon

Last night, the nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were revealed and it was a big night for animated films.

The nominations for Best Animated Feature Film (note. there are 3 this year, not 5) are:
  • How to Train Your Dragon - Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • The Illusionist - Sylvain Chomet
  • Toy Story 3 - Lee Unkrich
Whilst I haven't seen the Illusionist, it is said to be fantastic and I know for a fact that Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon are. In light of this, How to Train Your Dragon was also nominated for Best Original Score, and Toy Story 3 was nominated for another 4 awards! These are:
  • Adapted Screenplay (Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
  • Original Song ("We Belong Together"; music and lyrics by Randy Newman)
  • Sound Editing (Tom Myers and Michael Silvers)
And... Wait for it...
  • Best Picture - Darla K. Anderson
Needless to say, this is a fantastic achievement for the Pixar crew, not only being nominated, but being the second Pixar film in a row - and the third animated film ever, after Beauty and the Beast and Up - to be nominated for Best Picture. Congrats to the whole Pixar team on this monumental achievement and the best of luck.

Also of note, Teddy Newton's Toy Story 3 attached Short Film, Day & Night, is nominated for Best Animated Short Film.

Congrats to everyone nominated for all awards, best of luck to Toy Story 3 in the Best Picture category and stay tuned to see how things play out. The awards are on February, 27th.

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