Thursday, January 22, 2009

Six Oscar nods for WALL-E; Presto nominated [UPDATE: Andrew Stanton's reaction]

Moments ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced WALL-E as a nominee (click for complete list) in the following six categories for the 81st annual Academy Awards:
  • Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
  • Original Screenplay (Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, and Pete Docter)
  • Achievement in Sound Editing (Ben Burtt, Matthew Wood)
  • Achievement in Sound Mixing (Tom Myers, Michael Semanick, Ben Burtt)
  • Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures ―Original Score (Thomas Newman)
  • Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures ―Original Song (For "Down to Earth", Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman)

Theatrical short Presto, directed by Doug Sweetland, received a nomination for Best Animated Short Film.

Clearly, and unfortunately, the Academy chose to follow tradition and ignore WALL-E in the Best Picture and Best Director categories.

The 81st Annual Academy Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 22 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and will be televised worldwide (live telecast on ABC in the United States).
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Update: The Pixar publicity department conveys this statement from Andrew Stanton regarding the nominations:

We are ecstatic and grateful for the Academy's generous and humbling recognition of WALL•E. It is an honor and privilege to make films at Pixar, where we have grown into a great, big family. This is a tribute to all of us at Pixar and Disney who do our best to make films, not just animated films, but films for everyone that just happen to be animated.

(Updated at 3:25 PM)

19 comments:

Midgard Dragon said...

I'm glad they snubbed The Dark Knight (Heath was the only deserving one IMO anyway), but not too happy they snubbed WALL-E too. I just wonder if they're going to have even lower ratings than ever now due to snubbing two of the biggest films of the year. WALL-E, at least, gets to compete in some really outstanding categories such as Best Animated and Best Screenplay. The Dark Knight will have to settle for Heath's Best Supporting and technical categories.

Anonymous said...

"WALL-E" gets snubbed, but "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", one of the most throughly underwhelming movies I've ever seen, makes it? Bah.

David S. said...

Cheer up. It did tie the record for most nominations for an animated film. I have to admit I am disappointed about the Best Picture exclusion...

Anonymous said...

This stinks!!!! Wall-E deserved the Best Feature nomination and win. I'm thrilled that it got other nominations but I think it was snubbed in favor of (in Oscar tradition) "depressing films that no one has seen." Not even the much-hyped Dark Knight got a Best Pic nom. Any idea of a populist Oscars which rewards films which are both successful and good quality just went out the window.

Simon said...

I am extremely happy of all the nominations, the surprises for me was "Best Score" and "Best animated short" Let's cross our fingers and hope that in a month WALL-E will take home six out of six Oscars! Let's stay positive people!

Sarah Noelle said...

I know. I feel your pain, and I especially hope it at least wins Best Score or Best Screenplay. I hated last year when they teased Ratatouille with 5 noms and it only received the default award. And it didn't help that The Dark Knight managed to get 8 nominations while bypassing Best Picture and Best Director as well.
However, I did see Benjamin Button and in my opinion it validates getting 13 nominations!

If I were Andrew Stanton, knowing what I would win, I'd have a carefully crafted speech by now. I wonder how the Bolt people feel!

cdnjay said...

I know that WALL-E was the best movie of last year so what the Academy has to say means little to me.

Midgard Dragon said...

"However, I did see Benjamin Button and in my opinion it validates getting 13 nominations!"

I loved it and think it was very deserving of all the technical awards (best effects and best makeup are a shoe-in, IMO), but I'm not so sure it's Best Picture worthy. I mean, I'd take it, Slumdog, and WALL-E over anything else they've nominated for sure, but I'd much rather see WALL-E get Curious Case's place, it's a much more amazing film.

doctorossi said...

cdnjay, I'll go you one further and say that I can't recall a year in which my favorite film of that year has won Best Picture- often, it isn't even nominated. The Oscars can be a fun watch, but I disagree with their choices more often than I agree. For example, I hope that Wall-E wins for Best Original Screenplay, but the fact that Good Will Hunting and Juno have won this award in the past makes me feel personally insulted as a screenwriter.

Anonymous said...

I think Wall-E is a shoe in for Best Animated film and 1 or 2 of its sound design nominations (I'm not sure of how they decide the categories there). I'm hoping, hoping, hoping for Best Screenplay but I think it's only a slight chance. I think the screenplay is brilliant, but there has been little acknowledgement of that fact with previous awards. If it's any consolation this is the same crowd who decided that Titanic was the best pic of the year a few years ago (ugh!). So much for taste.

I want to remind everyone that throughout awards season Wall-E has continued to win major awards, many uprecedented for an animated film, like the LA Critics Choice Award and it won the "Golden Tomato" at rottentomatoes.com as the best reviewed film of the year. Not too shabby. :-)

doctorossi said...

Wow! Nice job by Andrew Stanton and the Pixar PR department, managing to get in a subtle dig at the Best Picture snub without any suggestion of ingratitude. Well worded, gang!

IncredibleMrD said...

"(Oscar tradition) "depressing films that no one has seen."
lol that's funny.

I wouldn't expect Wall-E to win best picture, (even though I think it should), but considering all the different big awards it's been winning for best film, you would think it would at least get nominated.

Gonzalo Jimenez said...

This is just hideous!. WALL-E is by far the best movie in 2008, and Benjamin Button gets a bunch of nominations with an disastrous movie that last almost forever.
They are not rewarding talent and creativity!!!, another example is the nomination of 'Jai Ho', the song in Slumdog Millionaire, when it uses the Autotune feature ALL OVER!!!. 'Down to Earth' is a song to life, incredible needed in this depressing times, I'm hoping WALL-E gets all it's nominations at least because they are all well deserved, backed up with real passion for doing something bold, new and inspirational for the ages.

YK2 said...

If anyone can tell me with a straight face that Benjamin Button was a better movie than WALL-E, The Wrestler, or Doubt, I'll give you fifteen slaps in the face.

If anyone can tell me with a straight face that Robert Downey Jr. deserves an nomination for TROPIC THUNDER, I'll give you twenty slaps in the face.

The Academy loses my respect more and more every year. I say we start a mass protest.

Anonymous said...

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is a different movie from WALL•E. And oh yeah... Robert Downey Jr. deserves his nominee for Tropic Thunder. He's not going to win it though... at least, I don't think so... it would be quite weird if he did...

AND, I said all of that with a straight face. ;)

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I think Benjamin Button gets a lot of awards because it stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. If it didn't star celebrities, no one would care about it. This relates back to one of the reasons Wall-E and other animated films are not nominated for Best Picture. The majority of the Best Pic voting block are actors who see their profession threatened by animation (despite the fact that animation actors get a high salary with minimal work). Actors want to see other actors on screen, and as usual what actors want, actors get.

Simon said...

My thoughts exactly doctorossi! Haha, nice little speech by Pixar! Loved it!

Alexis said...

What does everyone think about Down to Earth's chances are against the songs from Slumdog? After the Globes, I thought Bruce Springsteen would get it again, but he's not even nominated! (and were there really not enough songs for five nominations or did the Academy change the rules?)

Anonymous said...

I think Down To Earth has a good chance, given that the other two songs are from the same movie and are likely to split the vote. I'm cautiously optomistic.