Disney Oscar Nominees

Update: boy I was off my game this morning. Missed two more nominees:

“Day & Night”: Teddy Newton from Pixar for Best Animated Short and “The Tempest” – Sandy Powell for Costume Design. That makes it 14 total nominations. Apologies to Teddy and Sandy.

Congrats to the team at Pixar Studios for their Best Picture nod for “Toy Story 3.” That’s a great accomplishment, even if the category was recently expanded to 10 contenders. Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich were also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for TS3. And of course, TS3 one of the three choices for Best Animated Feature.

As no other Disney films are nominated for Best Animated Feature, I think Pixar should have that one sewn up. However, votes could be split between Best Picture and Best Animated categories. You never know.

Some additional Disney nominations:

Art Direction – “Alice in Wonderland” – Robert Stromberg (Production Design) & Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration)

Costume Design – “Alice in Wonderland” – Colleen Atwood

Music (Original Song)
“I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken & Lyrics by Glenn Slater
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman

Sound Editing –
“Toy Story 3″ – Tom Myers & Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy”: Gwendolyn Yates Whittle & Addison Teague

Visual Effects
“Alice in Wonderland” – Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas & Sean Phillips
“Iron Man 2″ – Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright & Daniel Sudick

That’s five nominations for Pixar’s Toy Story 3, three for Alice in Wonderland, one for Tangled, one for Tron’s innovative sound, and one for Disney’s recent foray into Marvel territory. 12 14 (see update) Nominations is not too shabby considering Disney has deliberately excluded themselves from making the sorts of films that earn lots of nominations from the Academy crowd.

I think the biggest disappointment is the lack of a nomination for Lee Unkrich for Best Director, but the day you see an animator nominated in that category will be a cold one in you know where. Also for Disney to be shut out of the Original Score category says something.

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