Tuesday, July 29, 2014

87th Oscar Animated Feature Updates (2014-2015 Awards Season) (7/29/2014)

The detail work on the trailer for Laika’s The Boxtrolls looks amazing and it could easily end up winning, but Disney’s Big Hero 6 could also turn out to be a big hit, and the simple fact that so many members of the animation branch work for Disney gives them an advantage at this early stage. I’ve also got my eyes on fan favorite The Lego Movie and several independent and foreign contenders, some of which are still negotiating release dates and distribution.

With less than 20 films making the submission list each year, the bottom half of my list is mostly a community service for animation fans to let you know what’s out there. It always seems a shame to me that more of them don’t get qualifying runs - to say nothing of full theatrical releases - but at least I’m doing my part to draw your attention to them.

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1. Don Hall and Chris Williams for Big Hero 6 (Predicted Winner)
2. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi for The Boxtrolls
3. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for The Lego Movie
4. Isao Takahata for The Tale Of Princess Kaguya
5. Dean DeBlois for How To Train Your Dragon 2

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6. Jorge R. Gutierrez for Book Of Life
7. Tomm Moore for Song Of The Sea
8. Ale Abreu for The Boy And The World (O Menino E O Mundo)
9. Rob Minkoff for Mr. Peabody & Sherman
10. Carlos Saldanha for Rio 2
11. Juan Jose Campanella for Underdogs (aka Metegol/Foosball)
12. Bill Plympton for Cheatin’ (aka Les Amants Electriques)
13. Stephane Berla and Mathias Malzieu for Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart
14. Alessandro Rak for L’Arte Della Felicita (The Art Of Happiness)
15. Mizuho Nishikubo for Giovanni’s Island
16. Helene Giraud and Thomas Szabo for Minuscule: Valley Of The Lost Ants
17. Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith for Penguins Of Madagascar
18. Roberts Gannaway for Planes: Fire & Rescue
19. Peter Lepeniotis for The Nut Job
20. Reinhard Klooss for Tarzan 3D
21. Benoit Chieux and Jacques-Remy Girerd for Tante Hilda!
22.  Yasuhiro Yoshiura for Patema Inverted
23. Will Finn and Dan St. Pierre for Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
24. Marc Boreal and Thibaut Chatel for My Mummy Is In America And She Met Buffalo Bill
25. Ding Liang and Fuyuan Liu for Boonie Bears To The Rescue!

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26. Boris Aljinovic and Harald Siepermann for The 7th Dwarf (Der 7bte Zwerg)
27. Kenneth Kainz for Otto The Rhino
28. Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting for Last Hijack
29. Eduardo Calvet for Luz, Anima, Acao (aka Between Frames: The Art of Brazilian Animation)
30. Carlos Pimentel and Nathan Sifuentes for Seleccion Canina (aka Canine Team)
31. Jan Balej for Little From The Fish Shop (Mala Z Rybarny)
32. Hiromasa Yonebayashi for When Marnie Was There
33. Ricardo Arnaiz and Mike Kunkel for El American: The Movie
34. Peggy Holmes for The Pirate Fairy
35. Mike Disa for Postman Pat: The Movie
36. Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver for Asphalt Watches
37. Mait Laas for Lisa Limone And Maroc Orange, A Rapid Love Story
38. Gioia Smid for Pim & Pom: Het Grote Avontuur
39. Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie for Aya Of Yop City
40. Makoto Shinkai for Garden of Words
41. Multiple Directors for Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
42. Sheila Sofian for Truth Has Fallen
43. Thomas Bodenstein for Knight Rusty
44. Esben Toft Jacobsen for Beyond Beyond
45. Jeremy Degruson and Ben Stassen for The House Of Magic
46. Manuel Sicilia for Justin And The Knights Of Valour
47. Zoltan Mikosy for Manieggs: Revenge Of The Hard Egg
48. Alfredo Soderguit for Anina
49. Frank Gladstone for The Hero Of Color City
50. Barrett Esposito for Henry & Me

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

87th Oscar Production Design Updates (2014-2015 Awards Season) (7/22/2014)

For the first time this year, in addition to rewarding the production designer and set decorator, the Academy will allow a digital designer to be recognized “when the environment of a film is substantially composed of animation and digital artistry.” It’s a welcome change to keep up with the times, but one that I don’t think will substantially alter the films that are nominated, only the nominees who are given credit for them.

An early fan favorite in this category seems to be The Grand Budapest Hotel, and while I have no doubt that critics will try to push the film in their precursor awards, I’ve left it just outside my top five for now. My sense is that designers may feel like Wes Anderson gets a little too “cute” with their craft, almost turning it into a gimmick, and that they’d prefer to vote for something a bit more substantial.

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1. Into The Woods (Predicted Winner)
2. Exodus: Gods And Kings
3. Interstellar
4. Mr. Turner
5. Big Eyes

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6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
7. The Hobbit: The Battles Of The Five Armies
8. Selma
9. Inherent Vice
10. Unbroken
11. Suite Francaise
12. Fury
13.. The Imitation Game
14. Macbeth
15. Get On Up
16. Grace Of Monaco
17. Magic In The Moonlight
18. Belle
19. Snowpiercer
20. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
21. Maleficent
22. Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
23. The Monuments Men
24. Suffragette
25. 300: Rise Of An Empire

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26. Queen Of The Desert
27. Dracula Untold
28. The Monkey King
29. Foxcatcher
30. Noah
31. A Most Violent Year
32. Theory Of Everything
33. Only Lovers Left Alive
34. Slow West
35. The Homesman
36. The Hundred Foot Journey
37. Godzilla
38. The Two Faces Of January
39. Pawn Sacrifice
40. Serena
41. The Immigrant
42. Jersey Boys
43. Miss Julie
44. The Giver
45. Guardians Of The Galaxy
46. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
47. Birdman
48. Gone Girl
49. The Railway Man
50. X-Men: Days Of Future Past

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As always, check the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog for the most updated predictions in all categories!