Nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were announced minutes ago at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California by A.M.P.A.S. president Tom Sherak and actress Mo’Nique, and in a simultaneous press release.
The other categories in which Toy Story 3 is nominated are:
- Best Animated Feature Film
- 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)
Toy Story 3 is now the third animated film in history to be nominated for the top Oscar prize, following Beauty and the Beast in 1991 and Up last year. It is also the eighth Pixar film to be nominated for Best Animated Feature since the award was created in 2001.
Pixar's latest short Day & Night
also received a nomination, in the Animated Short Film category. I
t is the tenth Pixar short to be so recognized.
In a statement released by Pixar worldwide publicity, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich says:
"It's an incredible honor to be nominated by the Academy. When we began making the first Toy Story, nearly 16 years ago, we never could have imagined the journey on which these films, and these characters, would take us.For Toy Story 3 to be recognized by the Academy as not only one of the best animated films of the year, but also as one of the ten best pictures of the year, is both humbling and overwhelming. I'm speechless; I feel like I've been blasted to infinity and beyond."
Producer Darla K. Anderson adds:
"We are ecstatic at the Academy's generous and humbling recognition of Toy Story 3. For everyone that worked so passionately to bring these beloved toys back to life—from our artists to the actors—it's incredibly gratifying to be recognized along side these other amazing films today in both the Best Picture and Best Animated Feature categories."
Day & Night director Teddy Newton shares similar thoughts:
"I thank the Academy for this extraordinary recognition. Creating Day & Night with the high quality team of artists and technicians within Pixar was truly a non-stop sensation of positive energy for me. I was constantly amazed by the crew's fortitude to push through challenges and inspire each other with their ingenuity. On behalf of the team that helped bring Day & Night to life, it is an honor to be nominated."
Congratulations to Lee, Darla, Michael Arndt, Teddy, Kevin Reher, Randy Newman, the sound team at Skywalker Sound, and everyone at Pixar who contributed their talents to the films.
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards presentation will be held on Sunday, February 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood at 8 PM ET/5 PT. It will be telecast live on ABC in the United States and CTV in Canada. For international broadcast information, check local TV listings.