85th Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 24! I’ve been anticipating watching the Oscars for weeks. Some of my absolute favorite Walt Disney movies were nominated and I can’t wait to see who takes it all home. Having been blessed with attending several Disney movie junket trips in the past 2 years I have been able to experience walking the red carpet and some of what it takes to film a movie. From talking to directors about scouting location to film, the actor selection process, along with talking to the actors themselves about all that goes into acting and filming along with their very own thoughts on the film it self. One of the reason’s why I love talking to directors so much is they hold a great passion for what they do. With every word and facial expression they express excitement about what they hope to bring to the big screen for you and I. The Oscars, are awards given annually for excellence of cinematic achievements. Every director, actor and film maker dreams of being nominated for an Oscar on the film they worked so hard on. The truth is a lot of blood sweat and tears goes on behind the scenes that we don’t even know about and the Academy Awards brings that to light.
Here are the 17 Oscar nominated films proudly earned by Walt Disney Studios along with select nominee reactions.
Lincoln received 12 nominations including Best Picture and is the most nominated film of the year!
- Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role – Daniel Day-Lewis
- Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role – Sally Field
- Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role – Tommy Lee Jones
- Directing – Steven Spielberg
- Adapted Screenplay – Tony Kushner
- Music (Original Score) – John Williams
- Cinematography – Janusz Kaminski
- Costume Design – Joanna Johnston
- Film Editing – Michael Kahn
- Production Design – Rick Carter, Jim Erickson
- Sound Mixing – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
“We are absolutely thrilled and astonished with the 12 nominations. It is such a tribute to the work of those who joined us in this 12-year journey to bring LINCOLN to the screen. We humbly thank the Academy members who honored so many of us.” Steven Spielberg (Director/Producer) and Kathleen Kennedy (Producer)
“I’m spinning and beyond thrilled on so many levels. To be included in this amazing group of extraordinary craftsman and exquisite talents has been an honor in itself. But now for us all to receive so much recognition from the Academy I’m deeply appreciative and overwhelmed, and basically, I still can’t believe I got the role.”- Sally Field (Supporting Actress)
“I’m tremendously honored to be a nominee in the company of so many writers and filmmakers whose work I admire. I’m very grateful to Steven and Kathy, to Daniel, Sally, Tommy Lee and the whole cast, to Rick, Joanna, Janusz, Mike and John and everyone who made Lincoln happen. I’m overwhelmed by the Academy’s response to the film. I heard that I’d been nominated while waiting to take off on a plane from JFK to LAX. James Gandolfini, who’s sitting in front of me, gave me a hug and a kiss, so I’m about as happy as can be. ” -Tony Kushner (Adapted Screenplay)
“I’m thrilled and honored to be nominated, it was an extraordinary experience with a remarkable team who are all part of this recognition. It is my first nomination and I’m so happy to be part of this unique body of talent.” -Joanna Johnston (Costume Designer)
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Lincoln is still playing in theaters. You have time to make it to the theater to catch Lincoln before the Academy Awards to see why this highly rated filmed received so many fabulous nominations.
Brave, Frankenweenie, Wreck-It Ralph, Paperman and Marvel’s The Avengers all received one nomination each
Animated Feature Film
”We are incredibly honored by today’s Academy Award nomination. ‘Brave’ has been an adventure from the beginning – starting with our research trips to Scotland, the crew embarked upon a journey that inspired us all and forever changed our fates. Thanks to the Academy from all of us here at Pixar.” – Mark Andrews, Director, “Brave”
ABOUT THE MOVIE:
Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney•Pixar’s ―Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, ―Brave is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature.
· Animated Feature Film
“’Frankenweenie’ is a very personal film for me. The idea of telling a feature length version was in the back of my mind for many years. Stop Motion was the perfect medium for this project, and one I’ve always loved for its expressiveness and dimensionality. I’ve worked with so many incredible artists: animators, cast members, set builders, and puppet makers, all who have helped bring this film to life one frame at a time. I’m so honored that the Academy has recognized this film as one of its nominees.” -Tim Burton, Director Frankenweenie”
From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.
A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which elevates the classic style to a whole new experience.
If you haven’t seen Frankenweenie yet it was just released on Blu-ray/Dvd. Read my review on Frankenweenie here.
WRECK-IT RALPH (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
· Animated Feature Film
“To have the ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ team’s passion and years of hard work acknowledged by the Academy is an honor like no other. We are so proud, so grateful – I can’t wait to congratulate everyone in-person.” – Rich Moore, Director “Wreck-It Ralph”
Wreck-It Ralph” takes moviegoers on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in which Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly)—tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the “good guy” star of their game—sets off on a quest to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero. Also featuring the voices of Jane Lynch and Sarah Silverman, “Wreck-It Ralph” is in theaters Nov. 2, 2012, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.
PAPERMAN (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
· Animated Short Film
“It’s beyond an honor to have ‘Paperman’ nominated for an Oscar. I can’t thank everyone on the team enough for their passion and hard work in making this dream project a reality.” -John Kahrs, Director “Paperman”
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS (Marvel)
Visual Effects – Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Marvel Studios presents “Marvel’s The Avengers”—the Super Hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes IronMan, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, NickFury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action andspectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble in summer 2012.
“Marvel’s The Avengers” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham. The story is by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon and the screenplay is by Joss Whedon. The film releases May 4, 2012, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Marvel’s The Avengers opened in North America May 4 with a staggering $207.4 million – the biggest domestic debut of all time – and has been shattering domestic box office records ever since including the industry’s all-time second weekend record with $103 million; fastest film to reach $200 million (3 days), $300 million (9 days), $400 million (14 days), and $500 million (23 days); and highest Saturday ($69.5 million) and Sunday ($57 million) totals. It is the #4 film of all time internationally with $838.9 million.
Among only 12 films that have grossed $1 billion at the global box office, Marvel’s The Avengers is one of five billion-dollar Disney releases, which also include Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Alice in Wonderland, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
With that being said I’m really surprised and saddened that Marvel The Avengers didn’t receive more recognition.
Hope you’ll join me in watching the 85th Academy Awards live on ABC on Sunday, February 24. I’m excited to see the red carpet fashion from the big Hollywood stars. Who will be named the best dressed and worst dress of 2013 Oscars?
Do you have any predictions for best and worst dress of 2013 Oscars?
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