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  • Disney’s Oscar Nods and my Predictions
    Disney’s Oscar Nods and my Predictions

    For the second year in a row Disney’s slate of Oscar nominated films is dominated by pictures from a studio other that Walt Disney. Yep, outside of animation and special effects, Disney is now relying on Dreamworks to bring it any honors. That could be a problem as the rumor…

  • Oscar Night, Where was Disney?
    Oscar Night, Where was Disney?

    Disney was the television host for the Academy Awards last night which means we were treated to a strange new trailer for Brave and a bunch of ads for ABC television during the telecast. Disney’s presence on the award stage itself was notably almost absent. The Muppets won in a…

  • ‘Muppets’ Deserves Best Picture Nomination
    ‘Muppets’ Deserves Best Picture Nomination

    The Muppets is currently the best reviewed wide-release film of 2011 and with good reason: it’s a comic and musical tour de force. (John and I will agree to disagree.) At 98% “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes with 132 reviews counted, three unfavourable—“Rotten”—reviews are all stand between it and a perfect 100% score. After seeing The…

  • Oscar, It’s Time to Meet the Muppets
    Oscar, It’s Time to Meet the Muppets

    The Oscars are in freaking disarray this year. Producer Bret Ratner and host Eddie Murphy are both out with less than four months to go till the show. But with crisis comes opportunity. It’s time to bring in the Muppets! I’m not even a huge fan (the last time I watched a…

  • Congratulations Disney and Pixar Oscar Winners
    Congratulations Disney and Pixar Oscar Winners

    Congratulations to the Disney and Pixar Oscar Winners: Toy Story 3 for Best Animated Feature. Lee Unkrich Toy Story 3 for Best Original Song. “We Belong Together” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman Alice in Wonderland for Best Art Direction. Robert Stromberg (Production Design); Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration) Alice in…

  • Disney Oscar Nominees
    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…

  • Disney Aims UP for Best Picture
    Disney Aims UP for Best Picture

    Disney has placed an ad for Pixar’s UP on the front cover of The Hollywood Reporter as part of a campaign to get it an Academy Award. Up’s covers commonly draw attention to the fact that Pixar’s 10th film is the best reviewed movie of the year and also lets…

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