‘Captain America,’ ‘Guardians’ and ‘Maleficent’ Stand Ground in Oscars Race

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‘Big Hero 6,’ ‘The Pirate Fairy’ and ‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’ Submitted for Oscar Consideration

As per the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, twenty animated films have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Category of the 87th Academy Awards. Among them are Big Hero 6 from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy and Planes: Fire and Rescue from Disney Toon Studios. Several of the films, however, have yet to complete their required
qualifying run in Los Angeles. Category rules dictate that at least eight eligible animated features must be theatrically released in Los Angeles County within the calendar year in order for the category to be activated, although that does not appear to be an issue at this point in time.

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The Academy ‘Animation Masters’ Program to Salute Winsor McCay, Walt Disney

'Animation Masters' EventThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that animation historian John Canemaker will be paying tribute to animation pioneers Winsor McCay and Walt Disney in a three part program that ends with a screening of Disney’s Fantasia. All three events will take place on Saturday, September 13 the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

‘Gertie the Dinosaur and the Birth of Personality Animation’ will commemorate Gertie the Dinosaur’s 100th birthday with a ‘salute to Gertie and her creator, the prolific comic strip artist and animation pioneer Winsor McCay. This richly illustrated look at McCay’s life and work includes four of his animated shorts, and a re-creation – with audience participation – of the legendary routine that introduced Gertie in McCay’s 1914 vaudeville act.’

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WATCH: Idina Menzel Performs Award-Winning ‘Let It Go’ from ‘Frozen’

Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell on Oscars Red Carpet © AMPASEarlier this evening, during the live telecast of the 86th Annual Academy Awards presentation, Broadway diva and Tony Award winner Idina Menzel took to the Dolby Theatre stage to perform the Oscar-winning song ‘Let It Go’ from Disney’s Frozen. Pictured left are Menzel and Frozen co-star Kristen Bell on the red carpet prior the Awards program (photo courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).

Embedded below, you can find the televised performance of ‘Let It Go,’ also courtesy of AMPAS, which earned Menzel a standing ovation from the A-List audience.

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

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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Marvel Films, ‘The Lone Ranger’ Shortlisted for Visual Effects Oscar Nomination Consideration

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that three of Disney’s films from the past year — both of Marvel Studios’ films, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World as well as Jerry Bruckheimer’s The Lone Ranger have been shortlisted for nomination consideration in the category of visual effects (VFX).

The other films being considered for nominations in the category are: Elysium, Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Oblivion, Pacific Rim, Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z. The shortlist was determined by the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee and members of the branch will have the opportunity to review a ten minute package from each film on January 9. Following the screening, the branch members will then select five of the films to be nominated.

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WATCH: ‘Get A Horse!’ Disney Short (First Minute)

Get A Horse!

Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Spain, we now have the first full minute of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ newest short, Get A Horse! Debuting in theaters on November 27, 2013 ahead of Frozen, the short — which has recently been shortlisted for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a best animated short Oscar nomination — features the original voice of Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney himself.

The black-and-white, hand-drawn short’s story follows Mickey, his favorite gal pal, Minnie, and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow. The gang is enjoying a musical haywagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road.

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Disney’s ‘Get A Horse!’ Shortlisted for Animated Short Oscar

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films — out of a qualifying total of 56 — will advance in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards. Among the shortlisted shorts are Get A Horse! from Walt Disney Animation Studios, which will play ahead of Frozen when it debuts in theaters on November 27, 2013.

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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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Walt Disney’s Home Movies to be Screened During Los Angeles’ Home Movie Day, October 12

According to the Home Movie Day Project, Home Movie Day Los AngelesHome Movies Day — which takes place this year on October 12, 2013 at the Linwood Dunn Theater, Pickford Center — is an annual celebration of amateur films and filmmaking at many local venues worldwide, providing an opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience in their community.

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