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Furry Movie Award Watch: September

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September is an important month for next year’s awards. Major film festivals earlier in the month (which didn’t feature anything remotely furry, so this is their last mention), plus the beginning of screenings of studio hopefuls and even the first precursor award make September the unofficial beginning of “awards season” for movies.

Meanwhile, back in the furry fandom, a major player has had a setback, completely changing my Ursa Major predictions.

crossie’s Current Guesses

Oscar for Best Animated Feature Annie for Best Animated Feature Ursa Major for Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
Winner Rango Kung Fu Panda 2 Kung Fu Panda 2
Nominees The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Kung Fu Panda 2
The Rabbi’s Cat
Winnie the Pooh
Cars 2
Rango
Rio
Winnie the Pooh
Happy Feet 2
Rango
Rio
Winnie the Pooh

Ursa Majors

In approximately 2 minutes and 47 seconds, EZWolf went from “hero of the fandom” to “persona non gratis” – and no, I didn’t miss the obvious pun, I just didn’t stoop to it.

The furry director’s follow-up to Bitter Lake, Room 366, “leaked” to YouTube earlier this month, hasn’t exactly gotten the same rave reviews as its predecessor. Opinions all over the fandom and even beyond have popped up, but I’m not here to add to the discussions of the video’s sociopolitical ramifications.

However, I am here to try and predict which movies will be nominated for and win the Ursa Major, and I’m guessing Bitter Lake is out; if there is one rule in the furry fandom, it is that you do not provide evidence of fursuit sex to the public at large.

My predictions have changed accordingly; I was going to bump Winnie the Pooh for Happy Feet Two anyway, figuring the latter’s late release date would keep it in furry’s minds, but the former just got a reprieve.

I’m moving Kung Fu Panda 2 to the winner’s circle. A lot of furries seem to actively despise Jack Black, but I think Roger Ebert’s furriest review since The Howling gave the movie a bit of a boost, plus it currently is the only movie released this year with a thread on fchan’s toon board (not going to link to it for obvious reasons; you’ll just have to trust me), which features the kind of porn furries vote for.

Well, actually not since it's mostly straight and/or female/female but ... okay, maybe I need to move along now ...

Academy Awards

First thing you’ll notice in my predictions is that The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is back in the mix; basically, if Hop can count as an animated movie (and I’m still counting on it to), and not Tintin, well, that would be kind of stupid.

So, either the “iffy” animated movies (live action/animation “hybrids” Hop, The Smurfs and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and mo-cap Tintin and Mars Needs Moms) are eligible, and it’s a five horse race, or they aren’t, and we’re back down to three nominees.

I’m still betting on Rango for Best Animated Feature; early screenings of Tintin for the press seem to suggest its pretty good, but Rango still has the award. Furthermore, Rango won the very first precursor award for animation of the year earlier this month, so it’s got that going for it.

Rango has been screening this month for Academy members, with “for your consideration” ads for pretty much everything except acting, including “Big Five” awards for Picture, Director and Original Writing; the last of which it is even getting a bit of buzz for.

The ads are probably focused on the Best Animated Feature prize; Paramount is also screening and placing ads for Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which is probably only good for Visual Effects and Sound awards. It doesn’t cost anything to add the words “Best Picture” to an ad you’re already placing, however, and you can’t win the lottery if you don’t play.

Last month I talked about Rango’s Best Picture nomination chances; I’m still cautiously optimistic, though I’ll add my original calculations that the Animation Branch of the Academy accounts for more than five percent of the Academy didn’t take into consideration the fact that 100% of the Academy rarely votes for nomination. I’m actually not sure if the five percent of the first place votes needed for a nomination are for five percent of the total Academy or five percent of the Academy who bother to vote for a nomination. [Ed: It's the latter. rule seventeen, section 2, p. 22]

The fact that most of the filmmakers for Rango are first time animators is actually an advantage for the film’s Best Picture nomination chances; it would be against the rules for Academy members to ask other members to vote for their own movie, but there is currently no rule saying a member can’t ask other members for votes for a movie that they were not actively a part of.

The animators seem to stick together; animation directors for smaller studios with no real chances and no illusions have submitted their movie in the past just to give what are essentially their business rivals a shot at nomination. The Animation branch is probably the one branch with the most to prove, and therefore the most reason to pull together.

Furthermore, Paramount was impressed enough with Rango to greenlight an animation studio; getting their first picture out of the box a Best Picture nod may be worth campaigning for, so the Animation branch conspiracy theories may be unnecessary.

In other news, The Rabbi’s Cat still hasn’t found an American distributor; I’m starting to despair for it, and so have bumped it for Rio, which I finally managed to see this month. It’s worth a nomination for no other reason than it is an original movie in a sequel happy year, though I don’t think it’s strong enough on its own to win the contest.

Finally, the Academy announced this month that Donkey will be hosting the awards next year.

Annie Award

Not much change here, other than to say I still think Kung Fu Panda 2 will win mostly because this is the “animator’s” award; while the Animation Branch of the Academy may pull together to give an “outsider’s” movie a Best Picture nomination, if it makes animation as a whole look good, animators in general will probably give “their” award to one of their own.

Comments

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I don't agree with you on Bitter Lake. If anything, I think this will make EZwolf more popular.

(The best commentary I've found on this topic comes at the end of Hitler's reaction by FurbleFox.)

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That was a pretty good video, and you've got a pretty good point; Room 366 for Best Dramatic Short Work?

Either way, I don't think at this point Bitter Lake will be judged on its own merits; merit will have nothing to do with it. Furries, perhaps for the first time, will not be voting with their hearts, but their political agenda.

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Oh, yeah, and actually thank God you were moving; if you weren't I would've submitted my Academy furry snubs list (which will come around eventually) and missed both the EZWolf bit and a lot of good stuff in the Acadamy races.

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I hope that fans will judge "Bitter Lake" on its own merits, not on the reputation of its director or on what else he has done.

Fred Patten

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Are you trying to say that loyalty is a fickle thing?

See what I did there?

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Who cares what EZwolf did? That doesn't make Bitter Lake any worse. The clip I saw didn't even seem shocking. There was no sex. If it weren't for the suits no one would even care.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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So, how many people worked on making Bitter Lake? If it gets snubbed over the other mess, wouldn't that be judging and condemning a whole group of people due to an exaggerated sexual nature of a minority?

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Actually, this is about what I expected from Flayrah; however, Flayrah doesn't vote for the Ursa Majors exclusively.

So there's no confusion, I'm complimenting you guys.

Deserving competitors have been screwed out of just about every award ever given by any organization for stupid reasons; the Ursa Majors are not immune. Furthermore, this is not a column about "who deserves it" but "who'll get it whether they deserve it or not." Hoping the voters vote for the best, most deserving movie is nice and all, but not a realistic expectation.

Predicting awards is more about predicting people than judging quality; I'm trying not to pass any value judgements, though I think I did sneak in a bit of criticism in the Ursa Majors section despite myself. I couldn't help it.

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Furries hate Jack Black? I actually enjoy him. He can bring vibrancy to any character.

And no comment on the EZWolf business.

Furry Pariah

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Okay, I thought you were one who definitely didn't like him, so that might be a mistake.

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Fffft. ._.

Furry Pariah

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R366 a follow up of Bitter Lake?
You really should do some more research my dear ^^

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You're right, as a whole I think Room 366 was better received then Bitter Lake from the reviews I've seen so far.

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Formerly Wichita's only furry comic.

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