Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.
This really upset me when I read the ballot the other night. The Croods was such a pleasant surprise as a movie, and just about anything Miyazaki touches is gold. But the fact of the matter is animation is so hard. Sure, the actors can come to work in sweatpants and no one cares, but think about what the artists, the animators have to go through?
I’m not saying working on a live-action film isn’t difficult, but animation - particularly hand drawn - is such a difficult thing to do and how the academy just kind of brushed it aside is so infuriating. Particularly in the case of a foreign movie that has to get dubbed- they have to write an entirely new script that will somewhat match up with the already animated mouth movements that were animated for another language!
Film is an art, and animation even more so - it’s not just for kids and it’s annoying to see it ignored the way it was. I really enjoyed Frozen, but like…I think it’s award was ill-given without any consideration to the other nominees.