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Oshii’s ‘Sky Crawlers’ fails to recieve Oscar nomination

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Not that I expected him to win, especially in the year that Academy darlings Pixar released what is arguably their finest work to date, but I have to say I was surprised and disappointed he didn’t even get a nod when the nominations were announced today. It’s especially confusing when only three films where put forward, and one of them was the decidedly average Kung Fu Panda (I haven’t seen Bolt, and can’t honestly say I’m that bothered either).

What is interesting is that all three films are completely CGI productions. Is this the death of ‘real’ animation? In the US perhaps, where the success of Pixar and the cost effectiveness of digital production seems to have killed hand-drawn animation. Certainly Disney doesn’t seem to be bothered with it anymore. Not that I’m an anti-CGI snob at all, it just seems sad that the art form has been all but abandoned by the large Hollywood studios.

Ah well, there’s always next year. Perhaps Oshii will have another chance with Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai, or Miyazaki will be back to grab his second with Ponyo.

Or it’ll be Pixar. Again. Sigh.

4 thoughts on “Oshii’s ‘Sky Crawlers’ fails to recieve Oscar nomination”

  1. Animation in the U.S. is going to be A OK. Disney is currently in production on a new Hand drawn 2D film that should be a good one.

    As an animation student/professional (almost ready to wack of the first part of that title) I can tell you with all honesty that there are huge numbers of people that are really going to add a lot to this industry. From all around the world. In the next few years the U.S., France, and Japan are going to come on extremely strong with some truly innovative work. It has been very fun to be a part of a kind of reconditioning of what animation is and what really makes it interesting. There are a lot of extremely talented and innovative people out there ready to make some fantastic things, just give it a few more years.

    Animated films could be competing for top film nods not just best animated film, which is still limited to only 3 nominations? There are many other films out there that deserved some recognition, but I would say that the Pixar team definitely deserve the top spot.

    And quite honestly, the Academy is full of twats anyway, there is so many things wrong with that whole situation it is almost laughable.

  2. Oh, don’t get me wrong…I have no lack of faith in animators from the US or elsewhere outside Japan. It’s just that I worry about the studios having the balls to stump up the sort of cash they need to make large productions. CGI is just so much cheaper these days, and trying to be the new Pixar is so fashionable…

    And there’s no doubt in my mind either that WALL-E deserves the accolade this year. It’s a fantastic bit of animation, not just technically but in terms of character and storytelling too. Personally, it’s the first thing they’ve made that can truly stand aside the best output from Ghibli, the studio that influenced Lassiter so much when he founded Pixar.

  3. I saw a lot of promotional video and posters at the anime festival Singapore few months ago. Is the movie good? I sure like the style and premise of the anime though.

  4. To be honest, I haven’t seen it yet. Sadly it had finished it’s run at cinemas in Japan before i got over there. I think it’s due on DVD/Blu-ray in Japan in February though, so I’m sure some fansubbers will pick it up.

    So, I guess I can’t honestly say for sure that it deserved a nomination…just a gut feeling tells me it was probably better than Kung Fu Panda…

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