‘Toy Story 3,’ ‘Alice’ Lead Oscar Nominations for Walt Disney Studios

The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced earlier today by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar® winner Mo’Nique. When all is said and done, Walt Disney Studios racked up a total of thirteen nominations, the bulk of which were divided by Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

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Disney Looks Strong on Visual Effects for 2010 Oscar Consideration

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its shortlist of contenders for Achievement in Visual Effects (VFX) last night and a third of them are films by Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios, although they’re definitely up against some tough competition. Selected for consideration are: Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, Price of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and TRON: Legacy.

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Disney/Pixar’s ‘Day & Night’ on Shortlist to be Considered for Academy Award Nomination

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Thirty-three pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

  • “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio)
  • “Coyote Falls,” Matthew O’Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
  • “Day & Night,” Teddy Newton, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
  • “The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, directors (Magic Light Pictures)

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James Franco and Anne Hathaway to Host Oscars Telecast

James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscars telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.

“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons — fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscars broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27,” said Cohen and Mischer. “We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that.”

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Disney and Pixar Innovations Considered for Scientific Achievement Academy Awards

The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 15 scientific and technical achievements have been selected for further awards consideration, three of which have been created between Disney and Pixar. Although the list has been published, it’s completely preliminary and further innovations are being invited to be considered. The committee will meet in December to make recommendations to Academy’s Board of Governors, which will make the final awards decisions.

Among those devices and processes being considered are Pixar Animation Studios’ Misterd and Alfred (a job queuing and distributing rendering system) and XGen, an arbitrary primitive generator from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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The Stakes Go ‘Up’ for Disney for Taking Home the Oscar in 2010

The nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards have been announced this morning and, once again, it’s up to the Disney/Pixar champion UP to bring home the gold (statuettes) for The Walt Disney Company.

For top prizes, UP is competing for both Best Animated Film as well as Best Motion Picture of the Year, in the newly expanded category. Other nominated categories include: Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) for which Michael Giacchino has already received numerous awards and accolades for;  Achievement in Sound Editing; and another top category for Original Screenplay.

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