Sunday, February 27, 2011

And the Oscars go to ... Toy Story 3

Pixar's awards display at their headquarters in Emeryville is ready for more!
Nominated for five Academy Awards, Disney-Pixar's Toy Story 3 picked up two well-deserved Oscars: Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song for Randy Newman's "We Belong Together" (Newman, nominated some 20 times over the years, also won for his song in Pixar's Monsters, Inc. [2001], "If I Didn't Have You"). Toy Story 3 lost to The Social Network for Best Adapted Screenplay and to Inception for Best Sound Editing.

Unfortunately, Toy Story 3 did not take home the statuette for Best Picture, which went to The King's Speech. Still, two of the only three animated movies ever nominated for Best Picture to date are Pixar films - the other being Up and the non-Pixar nominee being Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

Teddy Newton's Pixar short Day & Night lost to The Lost Thing, which I have not seen yet. Newton's clever mixing of 2D and computer-generated animation is stunning, as is the synchronization of the sound effects, and, as always, Michael Giacchino's fitting music.

Congratulations to Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich and everyone at Pixar for their hard work and well-deserved awards! Get your awards display case ready.

See a list of all the Academy Award winners.

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