For the 'Best Animated Feature' category, we have:
- Frozen (Disney)
- The Croods (Fox/DreamWorks)
- The Wind Rises (Disney/Studio Ghibli)
- Despicable Me 2 (Universal/Illumination)
- Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS)
I'm also extremely pleased to see the delightful 'Ernest & Celestine' receive a nomination. This was one of my favorite films from last year's Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema and it is my personal hope that 'Ernest & Celestine' will walk away with the golden statue.
But as happy as I am to see 'Wind Rises' and 'Ernest & Celestine' get nominated, I'm even more utterly disapponted to see that 'Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury' got passed over. While not the most accessible film, 'Rio 2096' was a powerful film that confronted the brutality that exists in Brazil's history all through the lens of two lovers who struggle to reunite throughout the centuries. It was bar none my favorite feature length animated film from WFAC and I had hoped that an Oscar nomination would spur a U.S. theatrical run. Hopefully though, we'll see 'Rio 2096' at least get a U.S. DVD or iTunes digital download release. This is a film that I would really like to share with my friends who can't make it to the festivals.
For 'Best Animated Short' there is:
- Feral by Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
- Get a Horse! by Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
- Mr. Hublot by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
- Possessions by Shuhei Morita
- Room on the Broom by Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
Disney's 'Get a Horse!' was a fun ride made even moreso by the opportunity to meet Lauren MacMullin and Eric Goldberg at Ottawa. Ms. MacMullin and Mr. Goldberg showed their short film to the crowd then gave two presentations discussing how they made their film. A very appealing event to a room full of animators!
I don't recall seeing the other three films at the festivals last year, however, each year before the Academy Awards ceremony, the Detroit Institute of Art's Detroit Film Theatre shows a program with all the animated short film nominees. Additionally, Shorts International sells a digital download on iTunes with all the animated short film nominees. So there should be ample opportunities to view all the shorts before March and pick my favorite.
Event details for the Detroit Film Theatre can be found here and the schedule at the DIA/DFT is as follows:
- Friday, January 31, 2014 - 7:00 PM
- Saturday, February 01, 2014 - 7:00 PM
- Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 1:00 PM
- Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 6:00 PM
- Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - 7:00 PM
- Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 7:00 PM
- Friday, February 07, 2014 - 7:00 PM
- Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 7:00 PM
- Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 1:00 PM
- Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 6:00 PM
- Friday, February 14, 2014 - 7:00 PM
- Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 7:00 PM
- Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 1:00 PM
- Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 6:00 PM
- Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 7:00 PM
- Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 7:00 PM
The awards ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014. Until then, more coverage can be seen on the following websites:
Congratulations to all the nominees and to all the filmmakers who submitted their films for consideration.