During tonight's exciting 88th Academy Awards ceremony, Pixar Animation Studios' Inside Out brought home Oscar gold, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Sporting a prestigious Best Original Screenplay nomination (acknowledging the amazing work done by screenwriters Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, and Ronnie Del Carmen) and a Best Animated Short Film nomination for Sanjay's Super Team (directed by Sanjay Patel), the team of wonderfully creative and talented artists at the studio's Emeryville headquarters should be incredibly proud of the honorable work put into all of last years films! Check out Inside Out Director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera's acceptance speech as well as some of our favorite Inside Out moments from the 88th Annual Academy Awards after the break!
Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera's Acceptance Speech:
If you'd like to listen to the full acceptance speech, head over to Oscars.go.com!
And instead of reiterating how happy I am for the Pixar team on their Oscar win, I thought it would be fun to recollect on some of the best Inside Out memories made at this year's Academy Awards:
Finally, it would be a missed opportunity to not point out how much Inside Out deserved to be nominated for Best Picture. While I am obviously biased, Inside Out was one of the very very few films last year to be praised as critically as it was. And I'm not just talking about it's impressive Rotten Tomatoes score of 98%! I'm also talking about the $800M+ the film ranked in at the box office, proving that the general movie going public connected with Inside Out on a much deeper level than many other films from the same year. I believe, as I know many other pundits do, that Inside Out's success was overshadowed simply because it was animated. I have spent, and am currently spending, countless hours as a student learning about the art of film, and I am continually frustrated by both my peers and professionals in not understanding how unequivocally pertinent it is that animation be respected by working professionals as live-action films are. I dream of the day when animation and live action are seen as equals. As the ever-present Walt Disney famously said, "Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.” Just like the old saying, "art is art," I so too believe that animation is just as great an artistic expression as any other medium.
Similarly, I'd like to also proclaim that I dislike the Best Animated Feature category. By segmenting animated films into their own category, The Academy essentially pardons animated films for being in a lower class as live-action features. I won't again go into detail why I feel this is a mistake other than point at the fact that animation is a medium, not a genre. That important distinction I believe says all it needs to in regards to this topic. Looking back historically, Disney's The Beauty and the Beast, and Pixar's Up and Toy Story 3 stand as the only animated films to have been ever nominated for Best Picture at The Oscars. While I truly love all three films, and they do deserve the great respect that they have acclaimed, I contest that Inside Out stands at as great a film, as do many, many other Pixar films and several other animated films.
I again congratulate the amazing crew behind Inside Out on the well deserved win, and I look forward to a day when animation is respectfully honored in the same way as live-action films.
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