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.
With half the nominations for best original song going to Disney films (‘I See the Light’ from Tangled and ‘We Belong Together’ from Toy Story 3), it was a good bet that one of them would take home the Oscar and, sure enough, Randy Newman took the honor for his Toy Story 3 tune after his live performance along with a performance by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi, accompanied by Alan Menken on piano.
During his acceptance speech, Newman joked regarding his ratio of nominations to wins, noting ‘my percentages aren’t great. I’ve been nominated 20 times and this is the 2nd time I won. At the Academy, at the lunch they have for the nominees, where they have like a Randy Newman chicken by this time…’
Backstage, Newman remained humbled and surprisingly candid as he addressed the press regarding his win and his career in general.
‘This is really very nice, you know. I didn’t totally expect it. You know, last year, I was nominated for a couple of songs from Princess and the Frog, but I knew it wouldn’t win. I knew the country thing wouldn’t win. This time, I thought I might. It didn’t help me prepare anything to say, but it was very nice, as it always is, when people want to give you something.’
Newman also confessed that he didn’t necessarily feel that the award-winning song was one of the best examples of his work, stating ‘this isn’t the most consequential thing I’ve ever done for a movie by a long shot. You know, I remember I thought the score of A Bug’s Life really helped. Toy Story 2 also. The Natural.’
This was Newman’s second Oscar win for the category of best original song, his first being for ‘If I Didn’t Have You’ from Disney/Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.
Alice in Wonderland‘s two awards were unsurprisingly for categories of the visual persuasion. The first of the two Oscars awarded went to production designer Robert Stromberg and set decorator Karen O’Hara for Best Direction. During his portion of the acceptance speech, Stromberg plussed the prized statuette by adding a Mad Hatter hat, scaled down to Oscar size, courtesy of his props department (you can see the hat applied to Stromberg’s awards in the photo gallery below).
The second of the two awards went to long-time Tim Burton collaborator Colleen Atwood for Achievement in Costume Design. This marked Atwood’s third Academy win, although she had previously been nominated several times, including for her work on other Burton films such as Sweeney Todd and Sleepy Hollow (all three of which also not-so-coincidentally starred Johnny Depp).
Arguably, however, the biggest award of the night that went to a Disney film was that for Best Animated Feature, which went to Disney/Pixar’s Lee Unkrich for Toy Story 3.
Backstage, at the urge of a member of the press, Unkrich expanded on his acceptance speech, explaining the importance of thanking his grandmother before all others.
Said Unkrich, ‘my grandma was always very supportive of me, and once she knew I wanted to make movies, she was always the first to say that she would see me. She would say, I am going to live to see you get an Oscar, and unfortunately, that never happened, but she’s always been with me in my heart. And there’s a moment in Toy Story 3 that’s very inspired by her. When I was making the first Toy Story which I edited, she got cancer, and I rushed home to see her because it was clear she was not going to be around long. And there was a moment where I looked at her for the very last time, and I knew that that was the last time I was seeing my grandmother alive, and I took kind of a mental snapshot at that moment before I turned away and left.
‘And I always carry that with me now, and when we were making Toy Story 3, there’s a moment at the end of the film where Andy gets back in his car, and he kind of looks back at his toys one last time before he drives off to college, and I told this story to my animators, and Mike Arndt, my writer, everybody, and I would like to think in my heart that the moment is infused with just a deeper level of emotion because of that because I told that story.’
Unkrich also seemed optimistic about the prospects of an animated film earning Best Picture in the future: ‘I think the fact that two years running now we have had animated films that have made it and received Best Picture nominations show that the walls between live action and animation are becoming a bit more permeable. I think we have a ways to go, but I think the fact that we made it into that category twice now, we have accomplished something. And the fact that so many people around the world that even in the Academy have come up to me and said, you know, Toy Story 3 was my favorite film of the year, that just tells me that we are doing something right. Hopefully, eventually people will just vote with their heart and if they truly think that a film moved them the most or excited them the most and it happens to be animated, that some day an animated film could win Best Picture.’
Below is our gallery of photos from last night’s awards ceremony, from red carpet arrivals to backstage with members of The Walt Disney Company family.
Photos courtesy of and © A.M.P.A.S. and ABC respectively. All rights reserved.
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.
Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore will be reprising their roles as Flynn Rider and Rapunzel as they perform ‘I See the Light’ while being accompanied by co-nominee Alan Menken on piano, while Randy Newman will perform ‘We Belong Together.’
Other nominees and performances include: Gwyneth Paltrow performing ‘Coming Home’ from Country Strong; and A.R. Rahman and Florence Welch will perform ‘If I Rise’ from 127 hours.
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.
On February 24, the 2010 Oscar nominees in the category of animated film will be honored. Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich (who has confirmed his appearance) will participate in the panel which is being hosted by animator and animation historian Tom Sito. Lee, along with fellow nominees, will present selected clips from their respective films and discuss the creative and development processes behind the nominated films. For more information, see here.
Tickets for all events are just $3 for Academy members or students and $5 for the public and will go on sale on February 1 at 9 am PST.
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.
Toy Story 3 definitely took the more significant categories however, nominated for both Best Animated Feature Film (Lee Unkrich) and Best Picture (Darla Anderson). The critic and fan favorite was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay (Michael Arndt with story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich) and Achievement in Sound Editing (Tom Myers and Michael Silvers) in which it competes against fellow Disney film TRON: Legacy (Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague). Toy Story 3 also received a nomination for Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) for Randy Newman’s We Belong Together where it competes against Tangled‘s sole nomination, I See the Light by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater.
The accompanying Disney/Pixar short Day & Night, by Teddy Newton, received a nod for Best Animated Short.
Alice in Wonderland received nominations primarily for its visual elements in categories Achievement in Costume Design (Colleen Atwood), Art Direction (Robert Stromberg – Production Design and Karen O’Hara – Set Decoration) and Achievement in Visual Effects (Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips) in which it will compete against Disney/Marvel’s Iron Man 2 (Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick).
Julie Taymor’s take on The Tempest was also nominated in the category for Achievement in Costume Design (Sandy Powell).
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.
The current list of 15 will be narrowed down to seven in early January by members of the Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee who had selected the initial list. At that point, all members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 15-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Thursday, January 20. Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.
Other films being considered for the award are: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Clash of the Titans, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Hereafter, Inception, The Last Airbender, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Shutter Island, and Unstoppable.
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)
- “Let’s Pollute,” Geefwee Boedoe, story-design-animation (Geefwee Boedoe)
- “The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann, directors (Passion Pictures Australia)
- “Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary),” Bastien Dubois, director (Sacrebleu Productions)
- “Sensology,” Michel Gagne, director-producer (GAGNE International LLC)
- “The Silence beneath the Bark,” Joanna Lurie, director (Lardux Films)
- “Urs,” Moritz Mayerhofer, director (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg)
The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in New York and Los Angeles.
Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January 2011.
The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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.”
Franco, who currently can be seen in “127 Hours,” will be making his second appearance on an Oscars telecast. His other film credits include “Eat, Pray, Love” “Date Night,” “Milk” and “Pineapple Express.” He is also known for his portrayal of Harry Osborn in the “Spider-Man” trilogy.
Hathaway will be making her fifth appearance on an Academy Awards telecast. She was recently seen in “Alice in Wonderland” and currently can be seen in “Love and Other Drugs.” Her other film credits include “Bride Wars,” “Becoming Jane,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Princess Diaries.” Hathaway was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her lead performance in “Rachel Getting Married.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live as “The 83rd Annual Academy Awards” on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars presentation will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that a total of fifteen animated features have been accepted to vie for Oscar for Animated Feature Film during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Amongst them are three entries from The Walt Disney Company: Tangled, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue and Toy Story 3. Competing for the Animated Feature Film category does not preclude the film for entering Best Picture as long as the film satisfies the categories’ requirements for consideration.
Three films will be named as the final nominees in a ceremony to take place live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 am PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The awards ceremony itself will be held Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
Also competing for consideration in the Animated Feature category are the following films: Alpha and Omega, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Despicable Me, The Dreams of Jinsha, How to Train Your Dragon, Idiots and Angels, The Illusionist, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Megamind, My Dog Tulip, Shrek Forever After, and Summer Wars.
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.
Another strong contender from Walt Disney Animation Studios is The Princess and the Frog which takes UP head on in the Best Animated Film category as well as being nominated twice in the Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song) category with Randy Newman’s Almost There and Down in New Orleans.
Originally considered as a nominee for an Oscar in the category of Best Original Score, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has determined that The Princess and the Frog fails to meet eligibility requirements.
Citing Rule 16, Section II, Paragraph E, the Academy’s Music Branch Executive Committee decided that the film’s soundtrack satisfies the following element, making it ineligible:
‘…scores diluted by the use of tracked themes or other preexisting music, diminished in impact by the predominant use of songs, or assembled from the music of more than one composer shall not be eligible.’
The Academy advises it has instructed the tabulators at PricewaterhouseCoopers to disregard any votes cast The Princess and the Frog in this specific category. The movie remains eligible in all other categories for which it qualified.