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Feb142011

Animation at the Oscars, an Infographic

There's so much information to parse out here about Oscar's history with the hand or computer drawn division of their industry. This was created by Border Stylo. Isn't it neat?

 

I wish the information was more complete (i.e nominations by film, too) but it's pretty cool as is. It's not surprising but definitely interesting that 66% of the nominations gathered by the animation genre are in the aural categories (Song, Score and the Sound categories)

For the record, to add to this chart the most nominated animated films are the following.

Belle. She has few equals in the canon.

6 nominations
BEAUTY & THE BEAST (1991) including Best Picture
(I think it's worth noting that even if you subtracted one of these nominations -- given that films can no longer get 3 song nominations by the rules, you'd still have to add it back in if there were animated feature prizes to be won in the 90s. Beauty & The Beast is still the champ, Oscar wise. It's the one that changed the way Oscar thought of Animated Features... with a little help from it's lead in The Little Mermaid of course.)
WALL•E (2008)
5 nominations
ALADDIN (1992)
RATATOUILLE (2007)
UP (2009) including Best Picture
TOY STORY 3 (2010) including Best Picture
4 nominations
THE LION KING (1994)
MONSTERS, INC (2001)
FINDING NEMO (2003)
THE INCREDIBLES (2004)

What'cha think about that?

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Beauty & The Beast is still the champ. It managed to be in the top 5 Best Picture (only 5!) and there was no animation category.

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikhael

Something I find very interesting is the fact that of those 8 writing nominations, only Shrek was not a Pixar production, and only Toy Story precedes the instigation of the Best Animated Feature category.
So, either, the folks at Pixar are simply brilliant – which of course they are –, or the "ghetto" category has helped animation gain recognition more than people are willing to admit. "The Beauty and the Beast" after all was not nominated for its screenplay.

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Chris -- well it's kind of a chicken and egg thing isn't it? The Ghetto category might have been created BECAUSE animation was gaining more recognition rather than helping to cause that.

at any rate, the timer period of 1989-1995 from Little Mermaid to the feature debut of Pixar (Toy Story) sure changed the movie world!

February 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I guess you're right, there's certainly some kind of chicken/egg element to the discussion. Of course the category was installed because they needed a place to recognise these films. But at the same time, its appearance may have caused people to think more often about animated films in terms of being actually great films and not just great children's films, or something along those lines. I reckon the fact that "The Beauty and the Beast", "The Lion King", "Toy Story 2", etc. did not get writing nominations, but "Shrek" or "The Incredibles" did, might be due to people actually being forced to think about animated films more often.

I never quite get why people complain about the category per se, as though its absence might spark a rise in animated BP nominees.

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I think there's no finer animated score than Dumbo. Each song serves an exact purpose in the film and--Jim Crow racism aside--holds up phenomenally well today. I wish the Oscars still considered the vocal aspect of an original film score in deciding eligibility and nominations. Alas, the Music Branch made it quite clear in their latest set of rules that Score is instrumental/backing music and Song is Music/Lyrics. Never the twain shall meet lest 9 originally scored musicals are released in one year to kick in the never used Original Musical prize.

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOtherRobert

I also find it really interesting that all of the most-nominated animated features are either Pixar or Disney. No other studios' animated films have made such a huge impact on Oscar.

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonny

Jonny -- right? Even when they win the Animated Feature prize over Pixar (Shrek & Happy Feet) they don't get as many nominations.

February 14, 2011 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I still can't believe Wall-E didn't get Best Sound. Absolutely baffling.

February 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott
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