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Oscars voter: 'Toy Story 3' is a 'shoo-in for a best picture nomination'

June 19, 2010 |  3:27 pm
Toy Story 3 news

Just received this e-mail sent via BlackBerry by an Oscars voter: "Attended the 'family' screening of 'Toy Story 3' at AMPAS this morning. It was probably the most crowded screening at AMPAS this year (plus there will be another screening of the film at the theater Sunday eve for adult members only). The movie is a shoo-in for a best picture nomination and will likely win best animated feature. Laughter throughout with two big rounds of applause at the end credits. Sniffling could be heard at end, reminding me of last year's 'Up.' "

Both the original "Toy Story" (1995) and the equally successful sequel, "Toy Story 2" (1999), predated the separate animated feature race at the Oscars. "Toy Story" contended for best original screenplay ("The Usual Suspects" won) as well as song and musical/comedy score ("Pocahontas" won both awards), and the sequel also had a song contender ("You'll Be in My Heart" from "Tarzan" won).

Photo: Pixar

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Not sure about Toy Story 2 having the best song that year. I'd give that to "Save Me" from Magnolia.

Toy Story 3 will come the closest to the top prize an animated feature will get for a long time so it's now or never. But it won't be now so whatever.

I could not agree with you more, Richard. "When She Loved Me" is far superior to the sell-outery of Phil Collins' "You'll Be In My Heart."

Haven't had a chance to see the movie yet but ever since I saw the raves rolling in, I'd pretty much predicted this. I don't think a Best Picture nomination would be surprising. The real question is, are Academy members finally open-minded enough to give the BP award to an animated film? Sadly, I think the answer is no.

There are so many movie forms the stuffier Academy members just don't think deserve to be considered for the major awards - scifi, fantasy, comedy. There have been some exceptions to this (the Lord of the Rings winning Best Picture) but giving this award to a computer-animated film is still a major line to cross. No matter how much TS3 might deserve this, I have my doubts it'll actually happen.

It's marvelous! When did we last feel existential terror watching a movie? I feel as if I just seen my first motion picture.

TS2 was robbed. "When She Loved Me" was clearly the best song that year.

Pixar has released 11 consecutive critical and commercial successful movies. Toy Story 3 is an excellent film. It's time to give Pixar the Academy Award for Best Film of the Year. It deserves it.


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