Oscar roundup

So there we have it! For those of you who were not able to watch the oscars last night, Lee Unkrich won an Oscar for Toy Story 3 in Best Animated Film. The two other nominees were “How to Train Your Dragon” and “The Illusionist”. This was an expected win for Pixar.

Another win for Pixar was Randy Newman’s original song “We Belong Together” for Toy Story 3 in the category of “Best Original Song”. This was a big deal for Randy Newman, this was his 20th nomination for an Oscar, but only his second time being an academy award winner. When accepting his Oscar he joked “I’m very grateful for this and surprised. My percentages aren’t great. I’ve been nominated 20 times and this is the 2nd time I won…”.

His funny acceptance speech can be seen here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturevideo/filmvideo/oscars-video/8352411/Randy-Newmans-funny-Oscars-speech.html

However, a dissappointment last night for Lee Unkrich and the rest of Pixar was that they did not receive an Oscar in the category “Best Adapted Screenplay”. Other nominees in this category other than Toy Story 3 were 127 Hours, True Grit, Winter’s Bone, and The Social Network. In this category, The Social Network came out on top. All Lee Unkrich could say about this loss was “OMG.” He tweeted this just seconds after the winner was announced. Even though the odds were still a little smaller than the odds in the Best Animated Film category, because of the competition that Pixar was up against, they still expected to win in this category.

Another category Toy Story 3 was nominated for was Best Film. The biggest, most anticipated category of the night, which is of course why they save it for last. The nominees were:

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids are all right
  • The King’s Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
  • True grit
  • Winter’s Bone
  • and of course Toy Story 3

Never has an animated film won in this category, but it looks like we will have to wait another year. The winner in this category was The King’s Speech. When that day comes that an animated film does win in this category I know it will be a movie from Pixar. John Lasseter said before the ceremony “One day an animated film WILL win best picture.”

Next year? We’ll see if Cars 2 wins for best film 🙂

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