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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC Television Network have announced the dates for the 86th and 87th Oscar presentations—giving you plenty of time to reserve your tux rental. The Awards will air Sunday, March 2, 2014 and February 22, 2015, respectively.
Key dates for the 2013-14 Awards Season are:
Sat., November 16, 2013: The Governors Awards
Mon., December 2, 2013: Official Screen Credits due
Fri., December 27, 2013: Nominations voting begins
Wed., January 8, 2014: Nominations voting ends (5 p.m. PT)
Thu., January 16, 2014: Oscar nominations announced
Mon., February 10, 2014: Nominees Luncheon
Fri., February 14, 2014: Final voting begins
Sat., February 15, 2014: Scientific and Technical Awards
Tue., February 25, 2014: Final voting ends (5 p.m. PT)
Sun., March 2, 2014: 86th Academy Awards
Sun., February 22, 2015: 87th Academy Awards
The 86th and 87th Academy Awards ceremonies will be held at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.
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Some who read this will be doing so after the 2013 Academy Awards have already been handed out, making Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Tommy Lee Jones, and Ben Affleck among the happiest people in Hollywood (and that’s all the prediction you’re going to get out of me!). As always, there are some sentimental rumblings this year for cinema veterans, particularly Robert DeNiro, who received his first nomination in more than two decades, 85-year-old French film legend Emmanuelle Riva, who received her first nomination ever, even James Bond, who’s finally getting some Academy respect. But this honoring of venerable performers and characters is not restricted to live-action. Nominated for Best Animated Short Subject is The Longest Daycare, a Simpsons short that fronted the Fox Animation feature Ice Age: Continental Drift, which represents The Simpsons‘ only Oscar recognition after a quarter-century of popularity. (Okay, so with the exception of one feature-length adventure, the franchise exists almost exclusively on television; it’s still notable).
The non-dialogue 3-D film has Maggie, the youngest Simpson, facing down a mallet-wielding Baby Gerald at an uncaring daycare center (the “Ayn Rand School for Tots”), and ultimately winning the day.
Back in 2007, just before the release of The Simpsons Movie, I spoke with its director, longtime series helmer David Silverman, who also directed The Longest Daycare, about how the television characters are expanded to meet the demands of the big screen. “I’ll explain it this way,” David began:
“In any given episode, depending on how much time the director has, there will be scenes and shots that are basically well-animated. You have limited time when doing a show, so you gauge which scenes have great acting, or are really important to the story, or are really funny, and you’re going to put everything into them. If you look at any episode anybody’s done, you say, ‘Oh, he-or-she lavished the attention that was needed. Not unbalancing, mind you, but when these specific scenes are animated in that way, they sort of bring the whole show up, and they support the scenes you don’t have enough time for. That being said, the idea [in the movie] was, as best as I could, I wanted every scene to be at that level—where we put enough time into them, and we had the nuance in every shot. I guess the animation is more enhanced, but again, I didn’t want to take away from the style or performance that we had on the show. Sometimes that was a battle…not a strong battle, but just because we had new animators, and many of them from Disney feature, who had to learn how to do the style, which isn’t limited animation, but controlled animation.”
There are, of course, other films up for Best Animated Short Subject––Adam and Dog, Fresh Guacamole, Head Over Heels and Paperman––and good luck to all of them. But in a year when the Academy is breaking its own record by nominating nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis as Best Actress, giving the golden man to an animated baby (albeit a 25-year-old baby who was once voiced by Elizabeth Taylor) shouldn’t seem like a stretch.
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Family Guy creator and next month’s Academy Award host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the nominees for this year’s Oscars at 5 a.m. this morning. (January 10) in Beverly Hills.
The nominees for Best Animated Feature are:
Brave (directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman) Disney/Pixar
Frankenweenie (Tim Burton) Disney
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Peter Lord) Sony/Aardman
ParaNorman (Sam Fell and Chris Butler) Focus/LAIKA
Wreck-It Ralph (Rich Moore) Disney
The big surprise in this category was the inclusion of Sony/Aardman’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits! and the exclusion of other earlier award season favorites such as DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians and GKIDS’ hand-drawn imports The Rabbi’s Cat, Zarafa and From Up on Poppy Hill. It was Disney that scored a home run with all three of its titles making the Oscar nom list this year. Also, it’s interesting to note that three of the five titles are stop-motion animated, while the other two are CG.
None of the animated features made the Best Picture nomination list, which has nine titles this year: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty.
In the Animated shorts category, the five nominees are:
Adam and Dog. Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films)
Fresh Guacamole. PES, director (PES)
Head over Heels. Timothy Reckart, director; Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, producer (National Film and Television School)
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare.” David Silverman, director (Gracie Films)
Paperman. John Kahrs, director (Disney Animation Studios)
The five nominees in the Visual Effects category are:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White)
Life of Pi (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott )
Marvel’s The Avengers (Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick)
Prometheus (Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill)
Snow White and the Huntsman (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson)
MacFarlane also picked up an Oscar nomination for “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” the song he wrote for his movie Ted (Music by Walter Murphy).
The winners will be announced at the 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 24, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre televised live on ABC.
You can check out the complete list of nominees at www.oscars.com.
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Though this year’s schedule has yet to wrap up, there’s still a vast and diverse landscape of possible Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film nominees.
Seventy-five songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2012 are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 85th Academy Awards.
Of these 75, 11 are from animated features. Here is the list of songs from animated features:
- “Learn Me Right” and “Touch the Sky” (Brave)
- “Delhi Safari” (Delhi Safari)
- “How Bad Can I Be?” “Let It Grow” and “Thneedville” (Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax)
- “Strange Love” (Frankenweenie)
- “Master of the Seas” (Ice Age: Continental Drift)
- “Love Always Comes as a Surprise” (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted)
- “Still Dream” (Rise of the Guardians)
- “When Can I See You Again?” (Wreck-It Ralph)
During the nominations process, all voting members of the Music Branch will receive a Reminder List of works submitted in the category and a DVD copy of the song clips. Members will be asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five achievements in the category. The five achievements receiving the highest number of votes will become the nominations for final voting for the award.
To be eligible, a song must consist of words and music, both of which are original and written specifically for the film. A clearly audible, intelligible, substantive rendition of both lyric and melody must be used in the body of the film or as the first music cue in the end credits.
The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.