The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named its nominees for the upcoming 86th Academy Awards, which will air in the United States on ABC on Sunday, March 2, 2014. While Saving Mr. Banks was snubbed from most of the main categories, it managed to garner a nomination for Best Original Score by Thomas Newman. But it was Walt Disney Animation Studios that shined this year, for two unsurprising nominations for Frozen: ‘Let It Go’ for Best Original Song (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez) and Best Animated Feature where it will compete against Disney’s other contender, Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises.
All eyes will most certainly be on the Best Song category this year, however. Not just because ‘Let It Go’ is such an immense crowd favorite, but because a win would mean the coveted EGOT for composer Robert Lopez. A feat accomplished by just a handful of people, the EGOT is a combination of the four major awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Without taking into account the the three who have managed to join this elite list of talent as a result of honorary awards, just eleven people in all have managed to accomplish this Herculean task. Lopez would make twelve, having received his Emmy for his work on ‘The Wonder Pets,’ his Grammy for ‘The Book of Mormon’ and his Tony for both ‘Avenue Q’ as well as ‘The Book of Mormon.’ Lopez would also have the distinguished trait of earning his EGOT in the shortest period of time — just a ten year span, bested only by Barbra Streisand who makes the extended list thanks to her honorary Tony Award.
In addition to Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios also scored a nomination for its lead-in short, Get A Horse! (Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim) for Short Film (Animated).
The other (relatively) big winner for Disney was the box office flop, The Lone Ranger (which simultaneously is up for a couple of Razzie awards, including Johnny Depp). However the nods were more of a technical nature: Makeup and Hairstyling (Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny) and for Visual Effects (Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier), in which it will be competing against Marvel’s only race entrant, Iron Man 3 (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick).
Finally, Disney’s newest family member, Lucasfilm managed to score a couple of technical nominations: Industrial Light & Magic for Visual Effects (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton) for Star Trek Into Darkness and Skywalker Sound for Sound Editing (Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns) for All Is Lost.