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

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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).

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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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Disney’s Dream Award Categories for ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ ‘Frozen,’ ‘Monsters University’

'Saving Mr. Banks' For Your Consideration AdWith Awards season upon us, Walt Disney Studios is preparing to launch its annual ‘For Your Consideration’ campaign which will promote three of its films along with two animated shorts for consideration of nominations across several categories, which have been detailed below. Being promoted are Saving Mr. Banks, Frozen and Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University along with animated shorts The Blue Umbrella and Get A Horse

No particular surprises other than Disney is pushing for Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks as a supporting role.

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‘Paperman’ Scores Oscar, Inspires Antics During and After Win

John Kahrs, Kristina Reed © AMPASTo virtually no one’s surprise, the revolutionary Paperman short from Walt Disney Animation Studios claimed the industry’s top honor for Short Film (Animated). Director John Kahrs (pictured, left) took to the stage to receive the accolades with a short, yet sincere speech.

Meanwhile, according to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Kristina Reed (also pictured, left) decided to celebrate the win by tossing kiss-accented paper planes into the audience from her seat in the mezzanine. Although none of the projectiles appeared to approach the stage, Reed was reportedly temporarily ejected from the Dolby Theatre, only to return a few minutes later after a ‘small protest.’

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Dominates 40th Annual Annie Awards

Earlier this evening, The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, held its 40th Annual Annie Awards at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. While addressing the myriad of technical issues for the awards show were well beyond the capabilities of Fix-It Felix Jr and his magic hammer, the clear winner of the night was Wreck-It Ralph from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

The blockbuster took a total of five awards including Music in an Animated Feature Production (Henry Jackman, Skrillex, Adam Young, Matthew Thiessen, Jamie Houston, Yasushi Akimoto), Writing in an Animated Feature (Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee), Voice Acting in an Animated Feature (Alan Tudyk as King Candy), Directing in an Animated Feature (Rich Moore) and Best Animated Feature.

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‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ ‘Frankenweenie,’ ‘Brave,’ ‘Paperman,’ ‘Avengers,’ Get Oscar Noms; ‘Lincoln’ Leads Charge

Earlier this morning, awards show host Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the nominations for the primary categories for the upcoming 85th annual Academy Awards at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Disney’s only nominations announced thus far — unsurprisingly — have been for Best Animated Feature Film in which Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-It Ralph, Pixar Animation Studio’s Brave were all nominated. Other films in the category are Laika’s Paranorman and Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

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