DreamWorks often gets shunned from the Academy's "Best Animated Film" category.
From DW's 3D films, I think only Shrek (won; beat Monster’s Inc.), Shrek 2 (lost to The Incredibles), Shark Tale (lost to The Incredibles), and Kung-Fu Panda (TBD Feb 22 09) have been nominated. (So Shrek 3, Madagascar 1 and 2, Over the Hedge, Flushed Away, and Bee Movie didn’t get nominated; DW has had more non-nominations than nominations: 4/10 or 40%.)
The Academy can nominate up to 5 films, but often they only nominate 3. Is it easier to get a nomination here than in the live-action film category? Yes, but still over half the animated films don’t get nominated.
Plus Annie Awards nominated three other animated films for picture and director categories this year that the Academy didn’t honor:
· $9.99 (2008) - Tatia Rosenthal
· Tale of Despereaux, The (2008) - Robert Stevenhagen; Sam Fell
· Vals Im Bashir (2008) - Ari Folman
(“Tale” was from the director of Flushed Away; it was a great film.)
Bolt is the first Disney 3D film to get nominated (Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, Valiant, and The Wild didn’t make it).