‘Frozen’ Wins Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Song

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Walt Disney Animation StudiosFrozen took home the Oscar for both Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony held on Sunday, March 2, in Hollywood. The Oscar for Best Animated Short Film was awarded to Mr. Hublot, the CG-animated short produced in Europe by ZEILT Productions. Warner Bros.’ VFX extravaganza Gravity took home the award for Best Visual Effects.

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2014 Oscar Nominations Announced

2014BestAnimatedFeatureOscarsThe nominees were announced today for the 2014 Academy Awards. In the animation categories, five feature films and five short films were nominated (see below). Also, two songs from animated films have been nominated in the Original Song category: “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 and “Let It Go” from Frozen. And Pixar Animation Studios was snubbed again by not receiving any nominations for the great Monsters University and their beautiful short film The Blue Umbrella.  Here are the animation nominees…

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Short List Announced for Best Animated Short Oscar

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) recently released their short list of candidates for the Best Animated Short Film category.

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19 Films Submitted for Best Animated Film Oscar Race

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) recently released the names of the 19 films that are vying for this year’s Best Animated Feature Film award.  Continue reading

And the Winner is… Animation?

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If you haven’t heard, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have changed some of the rules in the Best Animated Feature category for 2013’s Academy Awards. The most drastic change is that the Academy members will not have to attend screenings in LA to vote on the films. They will have the option of viewing the movies on DVD, thus opening up the voting pool to many more of the 6,000 members who don’t reside in SoCal. The members also only have to view 66% of the films to vote as opposed to the 80% in previous years.

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 39: Oscar Recap 2013

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In this episode Matt is away so Marc is joined by Rudie Obias (from “AuteurCast“). They recap the 85th annual Academy Awards nominees and winners, as well as their opinions on the films.

Also discussed: new Blu-ray/DVD releases from Disney and Pixar, the VFX protests, and new trailers including Sony Pictures Animation’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.

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VFX Protests at the Oscars

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In the wake of VFX studio Rhythm and Hues filing for bankruptcy, protests were started at the Oscars outside the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday. Rhythm and Hues were responsible for the visual effects used in the film Life of Pi which ironically won an Oscar in the same category. When the team tried to bring the tragic bankruptcy to the audience’s attention during their acceptance speech, they were cut off by a crass rendition of the Jaws theme.

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The 85th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony Recap

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The 85th Academy Awards show is now in the record books. With host Seth MacFarlane (sans Stewie, unfortunately), Hollywood’s big night was full of fashion, surprises, musical numbers a-go-go (“Gold-fin-GAH” anyone?) and speeches great and, well, not so great (although the Jaws theme was a nice touch when time was running out). Overall, it was a reminder about what a terrific year it’s been for movies, including animated ones.

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Animation Fascination’s Oscar Picks: 2013

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It’s that time of year again, folks! Let’s break out the bow ties and gowns in celebration of what’s commonly known as “the biggest night in Hollywood”. I’m talking, of course, about the 85th Annual Academy Awards. 2012 was filled with wonderful animated creations that have entertained and moved us all. The Academy has narrowed down their favorites in each category to five Shorts and five Full-Length Feature nominees, all vying for the highest honor, an Oscar. We here at Animation Fascination have decided to share exactly who we would like to win tonight, take a look after the jump…

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“Animation Fascination” Episode 37: Alex Mandel – Pixar Composer

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In this episode Marc and Matt interview Annie Award nominated Pixar composer Alex Mandel. We discuss Alex’s influences on his music, how he came to work for Pixar, Mickey Mouse-ing, and what it’s like to have an iTunes library in your head. Alex also talks about the collaborative process at Pixar and the 25 verse version of one of the songs he wrote for Brave.

The new trailers for Monsters University and From Up on Poppy Hill as well as our recommendations are also brought up.

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