Furry Movie Award Watch: January
crossie’s current best guesses
|Oscar for Best Animated Feature||Annie for Best Animated Feature||Ursa Major for Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture|
|Nominees||A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
The 84th Academy Awards
Unless Gore Verbinski uses a gay slur with a microphone recording nearby, he better start practicing his acceptance speech, because Rango winning Best Animated Feature is happening.
Rango’s biggest competition, The Adventures of Tintin, failed to gain a nomination, most likely due to issues with motion capture and questions whether or not the technique is truly animation. More surprisingly, Rango’s second biggest competition according to critics’ awards wins, Arthur Christmas, also failed to gain a nomination, possibly due to poor box office returns.
At this point, the race is between Kung Fu Panda 2 and Rango, as God intended. Kung Fu Panda 2 is still much weaker, having not won a single critic’s award, and having to deal with Puss in Boots splitting any sympathy for DreamWorks Animation. On the positive side, it was the worldwide box office leader for the year in animation.
I suspected one spot would go to a smaller, foreign movie, but did not predict that two spots would. Both Chico & Rita and A Cat in Paris are distributed by GKids, meaning that two distributors account for every nomination, since Paramount distributed the DreamWorks duo and Rango was produced by the studio. Who would have guessed in the mid-nineties that after 11 years of the Best Animated Feature Oscar, Disney’s home animation studio would have zero wins, and Disney would fail to even distribute a nominated movie this year?
None of the five movies managed any other nominations, unfortunately, not even in traditionally animation-friendly areas like the two Sound, Music and Song categories, or the recently animation-friendly Screenplay categories.
Rio did manage to gain a Best Song nomination for “Real in Rio;” the category contains only two songs, however, with “Man or Muppet” from furry-but-not-animated The Muppets being the other. Apparently the Academy added an “Alliterative Word/Two Letter Word/Movie Title” song title format rule to the category at the last minute. The Adventures of Tintin was also nominated for Best Original Score; Rango probably would have gotten in in this category if Hans Zimmer had not decided to take his ball and go home this year.
Personally, I think the Best Animated Feature line-up is decent, though I would have liked to see Winnie the Pooh in there. I am disappointed that Rango could not get any other nominations; it really should have picked up a few of the animation-safe awards, especially in Screenplay. I still think the Animation branch could have gotten it into the Best Picture race as well, especially when there ended up being nine nominees.
I have changed my prediction from Kung Fu Panda 2 winning to Rango for the same reason you do not predict a split between Best Picture and Best Director when the Best Picture is assured. Essentially, with its two biggest competitors down and out, everybody knows Rango is going to win Best Animated Feature; at this point, the Annie is a rubber stamp.
The animators may not like Rango since it is an outsider movie, but the Kung Fu Panda franchise was already a part of a controversial split. Besides, there will be more more Kung Fu Panda movies; if Jennifer Yuh Nelson stays with the franchise, and does not get bored with it, I think she can win the Oscar/Annie duo eventually.
The Ursa Majors
This month, I predict Rango will sweep the three awards. The Ursa Majors are the hardest award to predict for me, as the only accurate way to guess is to be a part of the community in ways that I am not, i.e. having an active Fur Affinity account and attending conventions.
I was really angry when Fantastic Mr. Fox was snubbed by Avatar two years ago; a good movie about talking foxes should not lose the award for furry movie of the year to a movie with no animals period, never mind anthropomorphic. What really got to me was I was the only idiot who did not see it coming. That said, in general, Rango and Kung Fu Panda 2 are the movies I have seen most talked about by furries as the furry movies they have seen, period - so unless furries are voting for movies they have not seen, one of those two should win.
Then again, maybe people are just appeasing me because those are my favorites.