Frozen has been considered a front-runner in the Animated Feature race at the upcoming Academy Awards even weeks before its release, as it began to build buzz among critics and audiences catching early screenings. Additionally, Get A Horse!, the attached Mickey Mouse short has been hailed as an inventive short for months, as it premiered at the Annecy Film Festival in June last year. Today, the two Disney Animation films, in addition to Saving Mr. Banks and The Lone Ranger nabbed several Oscar nominations for Disney. Scope out the nominees after the break!
Best Animated Feature Film:
Best Animated Short Film:
Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song):
Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Score):
Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Achievement in Visual Effects
Frozen and Get A Horse! continue to be seen as the films to beat in their nominated categories. They are both great films from the recently reinvigorated Walt Disney Animation Studios. Although some may say that Tangled was the film that reintroduced the studio into the discussion of great animation houses, the groundwork for that arguably began with The Princess and the Frog, which was released after John Lasseter took over as Chief Creative Officer. Although he is not singularly responsible for the films coming out of the studio, he has certainly been a strong influence. Both films have earned the nominations and have a strong chance at walking away with the Oscars.
You can find out who wins when the Academy Awards are handed out on Sunday, March 2nd. View the complete list of nominees here.
UPDATE: Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, along with producer Peter del Vecho have released a statement, echoing their excitement for the nominations:
“Frozen’s journey has gone beyond our wildest dreams. We thank the Academy for this honor and look forward to celebrating the nominations with our crew at Disney Animation today.”
Get A Horse! director Lauren MacMullan producer Dorothy McKim have shared a statement as well:
“On behalf of the small but mighty crew of hand-drawn and CG artists from Get A Horse!, we want to express our deepest gratitude to the Academy for the nomination. We hoped the short would be seen as a love letter to Mickey, to Walt and to the magic of cinema, and have been overwhelmed by the response.”
Nominee statements via Cartoon Brew