‘Frozen,’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ Lead 2014 Oscar Nominations for Disney

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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.

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Disney Submits Four Animated Films for Oscar Consideration

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that a total of nineteen animated films have been submitted for consideration for the Animated Feature category in the 86th Academy Awards, which will air in the United States on ABC on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Among the submitted films are Frozen from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Planes from Disney Toon Studios, Monsters University from Pixar Animation Studios and Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises. The other entries from other studios are: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Epic, Ernest and Celestine, The Fake, Free Birds, Khumba, The Legend of Sarila, A Letter to Momo, O Apóstolo, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie – Rebellion, Rio: 2096 A Story of Love and Fury, The Smurfs 2, and Turbo.

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‘The Avengers,’ ‘John Carter’ in Running for Visual Effects Academy Award

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 85th Academy Awards, among which can be found Marvel’s The Avengers from Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios’John Carter. Also among the contenders is Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man, which is a technical notch for Marvel, speaking purely from the intellectual property perspective.

The other films being considered for nomination in the category are: Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi, Prometheus, Skyfall and Snow White and the Huntsman.

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Disney and ABC to Present Academy Awards Program Worldwide Through 2020

Disney Media Distribution and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have extended their agreement for DMD to distribute the annual Academy Awards® telecast internationally through 2020, Tom Sherak, Academy president and Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, announced today. The previous agreement had been set to expire in 2014.

“Disney Media Distribution has been successful in securing distribution around the world for the Academy Awards and we’re thrilled to extend this partnership,” said Sherak. “The Oscars are an international event beloved by a global audience. It’s a testament to the magic of Hollywood.”

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Photos: Oscar Winners Kermit, Miss Piggy Arrive at 84th Annual Academy Awards

Miss Piggy (dress: Zac Posen, shoes: Christian Louboutin, jewelry: Fred Leighton, hair: Kim Kimble) and Kermit the Frog (in Brooks Brothers) at the 84th Annual Academy Awards

Not a dry eye was in the house, as Miss Piggy — dressed by Zac Posen with shoes by Christian Louboutin, jewelry by Fred Leighton and hair by Kim Kimble — and long-time partner Kermit the Frog took to the red carpet at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held this evening where they will be presenting, marking the fifth appearance by the Muppets on the telecast. The Muppets was nominated and won for a ‘Best Song’ for ‘Man or Muppet’ written by Bret McKenzie.

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Disney/Pixar’s ‘La Luna’ Shortlisted for Animated Short Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that out of the 44 animated short films submitted for Oscar consideration, ten have been shortlisted to be further considered for nominations in the category. Among the ten selected is La Luna from Pixar Animation Studios, the short that will play before Brave when it opens next year. Pixar Animation Studios has quietly arranged for the short to show this year enough to meet eligibility requirements, meaning an Oscar nomination — let alone a win — will become a valuable marketing tool for Brave in 2012.

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Disney Submits Four Animated Films for Oscar Consideration; Eighteen Films Submitted in Total

For the 84th Annual Academy Awards, eighteen films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category, four of which belong in Disney’s stable: Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, Touchstone Pictures’ Gnomeo & Juliet, ImageMover Digital’s Mars Needs Moms and Winnie the Pooh from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The films submitted by other studios include: The Adventures of Tintin, Alois Nebel, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Arthur Christmas, A Cat in Paris, Chico & Rita, Happy Feet Two, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Rango, Rio, The Smurfs, and Wrinkles.

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Photo Recap: Disney’s Billion Dollar Babies Win Big at 2011 Academy Awards

Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore perform during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards® (MICHAEL YADA / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Nearly forty million viewers across the United States tuned in last night to see which of the past year’s films would be acknowledged with the most coveted award in the industry. Among the nominations were thirteen for Disney films across nine categories. When all was said and done and the pixie dust had settled, Disney walked away with four Oscars, split evenly among its 2010 billion dollar babies, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

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Zachary Levi, Mandy Moore, Alan Menken and Randy Newman to Perform at Oscars

Nominees for best original song will be performed this year at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Today, producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced the artists who will perform the nominated songs on the Kodak Theatre stage on Oscar Night.

Disney will see both of its nominated songs, ‘I See the Light’ from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Tangled and ‘We Belong Together’ from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 presented by their original performers.

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Oscar Nominees Teddy Newton, Lee Unkrich Invited to Appear at Academy Panels Open to Public

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that as part of Oscar week, a series of screenings and discussions will be taking place at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. The events will feature Oscar nominees in various categories and will be available for the public to attend.

Kicking off the series on February 22, 2011, is ‘Shorts!,’ honoring the nominees in the animated and live action categories which includes the Toy Story 3 lead-in, Night & Day, by Pixar Animation Studios’ Teddy Newton. The event will be hosted by legendary Hollywood personality Kenneth Branagh, a former nominee himself for the 1992 live action short, Swan Song. For more information, see here. Note that appearances by talent is not guaranteed, although The Pixar Blog has confirmed Teddy’s appearance.

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