Montag, 21. Juli 2008

Weiterer Oscar-Talk über WALL•E

Ganz Hollywood blickt derzeit auf Christopher Nolans aktuellen Film The Dark Knight, doch auch WALL•E steht weiterhin an der Tagesordnung. Die Oscar-Diskussionen die kurz vor Kinostart des neuen Pixar-Meisterwerkes ausgelöst wurden wollen einfach nicht abbrechen. Und das ist bereits ein Nagel im Sarg der Ignoranz von Seiten der Acadamy. Denn mehr Medienaufmerksamkeit bedeutet auch höhere Chancen für den kleinen Roboter.

Dieses Mal nimmt sich niemand geringeres als die Kolumnistin Anne Thompson vom Branchenblatt Variety diesem Thema an und bezieht dabei klar ihre eigene Position:

The best-reviewed movie of the year, the sci-fi pic about a plucky little trash-compactor robot has seen its themes, music and politics commented upon far and wide, from the New York Times' Frank Rich to Barack Obama, who gave the pic the thumbs-up after taking his daughter to see it on her 10th birthday.

But movies like "Wall-E" just don't seem to sync up with Academy tastes.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is still biased toward live-action filmmaking and the old-school production paradigm: screenplay, prep, principal photography and post-production. And with actors comprising the largest single block (23%) of Acad voters, they're looking for performances. A little robot with limited vocabulary may not resonate with them.

why can't there be an animated performance category to recognize the teams that create toon characters, from voice actors to animators?
"There's a tremendous resistance to adding new categories at this point," Academy executive administrator Ric Robertson says. "There's no proposal for animated performance that has risen to the board level."


If Disney and Pixar want "Wall-E" to escape from the animation ghetto, they face an uphill battle. "You'll always find resistance to documentaries, foreign language and animation in general," one studio Academy consultant says.
It takes a village to get to a best picture nom. Disney would have to commit some serious bucks to a full-on Oscar campaign. At this point, says Disney Oscar campaigner Jasmine Madatian, "It's still far too early for us to talk about our plans for the awards season."


Historically, writers, sound and music branches also have nominated animated films. (Pixar's "Ratatouille" earned five nominations last year.) But the directors, art directors, costume designers, editors and cinematographers never have nominated such a film.


There doesn't seem to be much likelihood of an animated performance category being added any time soon. But the time has come for Academy members to look more closely at how movies are made and reflect those realities in their choices. Otherwise they risk becoming irrelevant.

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