Disney Nets Oscar Nominations

Oscar Nominees were announced this morning by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. I count 31 nominations for the Walt Disney Company and its divisions. Not too shabby. Oddly enough there are multiple categories where Disney is competing against itself, which either makes it easy to earn some gold, or more difficult, since multiple nominations tend to balance each other out when it comes to voting.

But without further ado, here are Disney’s nominations for this year’s Academy Awards.

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood" – Paramount Vantage and Miramax

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men” – Miramax

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Ryan in “Gone Baby Gone” – Miramax

Best animated feature film of the year
“Ratatouille” – Walt Disney (Brad Bird)

Achievement in art direction
“There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
     Art Direction: Jack Fisk
     Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Achievement in cinematography
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn) Janusz Kaminski
“No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Roger Deakins
“There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Robert Elswit

Achievement in directing
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn) Julian Schnabel
“No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
"There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and Miramax), Paul Thomas Anderson

Achievement in film editing
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn) Juliette Welfling
“No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Roderick Jaynes
“There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Dylan Tichenor

Achievement in makeup
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (Walt Disney) Ve Neill and Martin Samuel

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Ratatouille” (Walt Disney) Michael Giacchino

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted”
     (Walt Disney)
     Music by Alan Menken
     Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
“So Close” from “Enchanted”
     (Walt Disney)
     Music by Alan Menken
     Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
“That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted”
     (Walt Disney)
     Music by Alan Menken
     Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

Best motion picture of the year
“No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
     A Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss Production
     Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
“There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
     A JoAnne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company Production
     JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Lupi, Producers

Achievement in sound editing
“No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
      Skip Lievsay
“Ratatouille” (Walt Disney)
     Randy Thom and Michael Silvers
“There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
     Matthew Wood

Achievement in sound mixing
“No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
     Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter Kurland
“Ratatouille” (Walt Disney)
     Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane

Achievement in visual effects
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (Walt Disney)
     John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier

Adapted screenplay
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (Miramax/Pathé Renn)
     Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
“No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
     Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
     Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

Original screenplay
“Ratatouille” (Walt Disney)
     Screenplay by Brad Bird
     Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird

Ratatouille" is up against two other films for the Best animated feature film of the year. "Persepolis" is an amazing controversial film from France and "Surf’s Up" is a pop-culture junket from Sony Pictures. Disney should win this one, but with "Persepolis" the voting will probably be close.

With three of the five numbers for Best Original Song going to Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz for their work on "Enchanted" there is a real danger of vote cannibalization. So watch out for a sneak winner from one of the other two nominees here.

As usual Disney’s Miramax division is doing its job of racking up the Oscar nominations. I’m surprised that there were only two nods to "Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End", perhaps it will be more recognized in the technical achievement awards. It would be nice to see a film as well crafted as "Ratatouille" be nominated for Best Picture like "Beauty & The Beast" was.

What do you think? Were there any surprises to you?