After the global premiere of “Pinocchio”, by Guadalajara filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, social networks have not stopped expressing praise for the already Oscar winner for “El Laberinto del Fauno” and “La Forma del Agua”, putting on the table the high chances that the director of “Hellboy” also has to win a new Academy Award in Hollywood, now in the category of “Best Animation.”
With the announcement that Guillermo del Toro’s version of “Pinocchio” has been nominated for the Golden Globes in the shortlists of Best Animated Film, Best Original Song and Best Soundtrack, Internet users point out that it is time for the qualifying members of the most important awards reflect on the criteria for nominating and awarding animated films, remembering that in past editions, both in the Golden globes as in the Oscars “injustices” have occurred that have not correctly valued animated feature films as they should, despite having more attractive proposals in their narrative and filming technique than the award-winning films.
Although companies such as Disney and Pixar have historically been the most awarded in the most important competitions in the film industry, in recent years the criteria with which awards have been given to certain animated productions have been questioned a lot. when at the time different stories have come out that have taken animation to another level making it clear that this technique is not only for children and, on the contrary, each time they offer deeper, more reflective stories and concepts and with identities willing to break stereotypes in children’s and family content.
Various production companies and recording studios have promoted feature films that little by little have tried to change the award dynamics at the Oscars and show other narratives to the audience. For example, in the 2012 ceremony that awarded the best cinema of the year 2011“Rango”, computer animation directed by Gore Verbinskiwas imposed as the “Best Animated Film”, with the work of Industrial Light and Magic, by George Lucas, this being his first animated film in the company.
In that 84th edition of the Oscar, the nominated animated films were “Chico and “Rita”, by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal (Spain); “Puss in Boots”, by Dreamworks Animation, directed by Chris Miller and co-produced by Guillermo del Toro from Guadalajara; “Kung Fu Panda 2”, by Jennifer Yuh Nelson for DreamWorks Animation, and “A Cat in Paris”, by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli for the French studio Folimage.
Although animated cinema has been present in the cinematographic history of the world, until 2001 the Academy decided to establish an exclusive category for this type of film, being then “Shrek”from DreamWorks Animation, the first to obtain the debutant statuette.
Previously, animated films were recognized with special awards but without active competition as such. In 1938, Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was the first animated film to win an award, after its release a year earlier. This production marked the formal beginning of animated cinema.
The Disney production “Pinocchio” was also recognized with two special distinctions in 1941, for its soundtrack and the song “When You Wish upon a Star”; the honorary Oscars returned years later with the films “Fantasia” and “Dumbo”, also from Disney. With the creation of then-independent studio Pixar’s “Toy Story,” considered the first fully computer-animated feature film, the film received an honorary Oscar. for the director John Lasseter, for the new era that marked in technology for the cinema.
As few animated films had been considered for nominations in other categories, the first Toy Story was also awarded for “Best Original Song”, “Best Original Score” and added one more nomination for “Best Original Screenplay”.
This has been the awards in the last decade
*For the 2013 ceremony, the Oscar went to Disney’s “Brave,” directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, competing with Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” for Disney; “ParaNorman,” by Sam Fell and Chris Butler of Laika studio; “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” by Peter Lord for Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Animation, and “Wreck-It Ralph,” by Rich Moore for Disney.
*At the 2014 ceremony, to reward the best of 2013, the winner was Disney’s “Frozen”, which under the direction of Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho, it also won a double award as “Best Original Song”. In that edition, the animations of “Ernest Y Celestine“, from Benjamin Renner Y Didier Brunne for the French studio StudioCanal; “The Croods” by Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine
Belson for Dreamworks Animation; “Despicable Me 2” by Pierre Coffin, ChrisRenaud and Chris Meledandri for Illumination Entertainment, and “Kaze Tachinu” by Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki for Japanese studio Ghibli.
*At the 2015 ceremony, the winning film was “BigHero 6,” by Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli, for Disney, competing with “The Boxtrolls”, by Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight for the Laika studio; “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” by Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold for Dreamworks Animation, “Song of the Sea” by Tomm Moore and Paul Young for Cartoon Saloon, and “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” by Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura for the Japanese studio Ghibli.
*At the 2016 awards show, “Inside Out” by Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera for Pixar was the winner of “Best Animated Film,” competing that year with “Anomalisa” by Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, and Rosa Tran for Starburns Industries and Snoot Films; “Boy and the World” by Alê Abreu distributed by Espaço Filmes (Brazil); “Shaun the Sheep Movie” by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak for HIT Entertainment and Aardman Animations, and “The Memory of Marnie,” by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura, for Studio Ghibli.
*In the 89th edition of the Oscar, in 2017, to reward the best of 2016, “Zootopia” prevailed against all odds, directed for Disney by Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer as “Best Animated Film”, leaving only the nomination for the great favorite of the year for its impact media and commercialMoana”, also of Disney. This year, “The Red Tortoise” by Michael dudok from with Y Toshio suzuki; “The life of Zucchini”, by Claude Barras and Max Karli” were nominated, but critics on social networks considered that the statuette should go to “Kubo and the samurai search”, directed by Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner, produced by the Laika studio .
*At the 90th Oscar ceremony, in the year 2018 –when Guillermo del Toro won Best Director and Best Picture for “The Shape of Water” -, Disney once again imposed itself with the global phenomenon that turned out to be “Coco”film directed by Darla K. Anderson and Lee Unkrich.
Nominations included “The Boss Baby,” “Bread of War,” “Ferdinand” and the equally acclaimed “Loving Vincent,” directed by Dorota Kobiela, Ivan Mactaggart, and Hugh Welchman, which was listed as one of the great favorites for its peculiar production process when animating more than 65 thousand oil paintings handcrafted by 115 painters, for the production companies Break Thru Productions and Trademark Films.
“Coco” also surprised by winning the category of “Best Original Song” with “Remember Me” (Recuérdame), standing out from the nominees in this list such as “Mighty River” (Mudbound), “Mystery of Love” (CallMe by Your Name) , “Stand Up for Something” (Marshall), “This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman).
*In the year 2019 the Oscar went to the bold “Spider-Man: A New Universe”, Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, for Sony Pictures Animation and Marvel Entertainment production companies.
This film was crowned with the most important awards such as the Annie Award, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA, for example. That year they were nominated “The Incredibles 2”, “Mirai no Mirai”, “Ralph Breaks the Internet”, and the also favorite “Isle of Dogs”, directed by Wes Anderson, which had an international team of animators to stop-motivationn for Fox Searchlight Pictures, American Empirical Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Scott Rudin Productions and Studio Babelsberg.
*A few weeks after the world officially went into lockdown due to the pandemic, the February 2020 ceremony, the 92nd edition of the Oscars, awarded Disney’s “Toy Story 4”, which caused controversy over the proposals and favoritism of films such as the French “I lost my body”, by Jérémy Clapin for the production companies 20th Century Fox and Xilam with distribution on Netflix, while “Klaus”, by Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh and Marisa Román, also reached nominations with the production companies Netflix Animation, TheSPA Studios and Atresmedia Cine. This year, social networks refuted the Oscar decision, considering that “Toy Story” did not deserve the award, calling the shortlist “a robbery.”
*With the full restrictions due to the pandemic and in order to avoid contagion, the 93rd edition of the Oscar, in 2021, was held behind closed doors without an audience, awarding Pixar’s “Soul” as the “Best Animated Film”, competing with “Onward ”, “Beyond the Moon”, “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” and “Wolfwalkers”, the latter being from the Irish studio Cartoon Saloon, one of the great favorites on the internet for its visual and narrative setting.
*In 2022, despite the fact that social networks and specialized media critics pointed out that the surprise of “The Mitchells vs. The Machines”, from Sony for Netflix, had everything to win the statuette, finally won “Enchantment”, from Disney. On social networks, criticism returned again, pointing out that the film had resorted to Disney’s usual narrative formula in recent years, despite the fact that there were new proposals such as “Flee”. and other films that were not considered for the nomination. This year, Disney also competed with “Luca” and “Raya and the Last Dragon.”
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