Academy Award for Best Picture: Why not animated films?

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  1. Unspeaked macrumors 68020

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    Personally, I think Wall-E should win this years Best Picture award.

    Even if you don't agree with me, I suspect many people would agree that it at least deserves to be nominated.

    Do you think it's wrong that the academy does not consider animated films eligible for the Best Picture category?
     
  2. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    Disney's Beauty and the Beast was nominated for Best Picture in the 1990s.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think that animated films should be considered as seriously as live action films in the same genre... but I think that there is rarely such a competitive animated film in the genres typically nominated for this award. What was the last live action comedy that won the award? Shakespeare in Love, I think, non? And that was a decade ago, and really not a pure comedy anyways. As for the action aspect of Wall E, well... I guess there are action oriented movies that win the award, but they're usually more things like psychological thrillers, like in the last couple of years.

    When action films win the Academy Awards, they usually of a very different timber than Wall E also....
     
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    I went to the movies with my sister. I really wanted to see Wall-e but I knew it wasn't her kind of movie. She's not really into animated movies but I tried to talk her into seeing it for about half an hour. She finally gave in because there wasn't any good movies to see at the time and because I promised to pay her ticket if she didn't like it. 5 minutes into the movie she turns to me and says "I'm convinced". Now THAT's a good movie. :D
     
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    I'm in a tiny minority here as I didn't like Wall-E much. :eek:
     
  6. Dejavu macrumors regular

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    It's a toss up among Wall-E, The Dark Knight, and Slumdog Millionaire.

    I really can't choose, as all three are so good. :eek:

    The Academy changed the rules, so that movies like Beauty and the Beast, which was nominated for Best Picture, could win if there had been a category for Best Animated Movie.
     
  7. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes, but that was the first and last time it happened. And, of course, it didn't win...
     
  8. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I'll second that and go so far to say that I found it really annoying to sit through. Visually spectacular but just so irritating.
     
  9. BoyBach macrumors 68040

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    I would argue that that's because not many animated film have justified a nomination since. Possibly Toy Story, and that's it.
     
  10. Unspeaked thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You don't think films like...

    Fantasia
    Pinocchio
    The Nightmare Before Christmas
    Finding Nemo
    Cinderella
    Akira
    Ratatouille
    Ghost in the Shell
    Snow White
    Spirited Away
    Iron Giant

    ...are as good as some of the Best Picture winners of the past?

    Or are even worthy of nomination?
     
  11. MacNut macrumors Core

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    The thing is what makes it a best picture, the voice acting or the animation or the story or a combination. How do you credit acting?
     
  12. Melrose macrumors 604

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    I think animated films should at least be considered, if they're good - but I can see why they don't get the attention that real-actors movies do.

    That said, Wall-E certainly does have a fighting chance, and I think it would be deserved for Pixar to break the barrier.
     
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    "Let me introduce me, My name Wale, don't say wally..."
     

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