Oscar Countdown – Animated Feature & Original Song

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As we continue to inch towards tonight’s big ceremony, here are a few more of my Oscar predictions… with an added bonus category at the end 😉

Admittedly, other than Original Song, these aren’t the most popular categories, but they are one’s that I enjoy watching out for.

Btw.. I’m not going to bother with things like the technical, production or style & wardrobe awards, in case anyone was wondering. lol

Animated Feature Film

  • “Brave” – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
  • “FrankenWeenie” – Tim Burton
  • “Paranorman” – Sam Fell and Chris Butler
  • “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” – Peter Lord
  • “Wreck-it Ralph” – Rich Moore

Who will win: Brave

Brave image‘Brave’ was very beautifully made and had a lovely storyline.  It even gives a slight twist on the normal ‘Disney Princess’ (well.. Pixar really), which is technically what she is.  The main character is brash, bold, and tried to get away from her destiny, but in the end goes on a journal of discovery.  I think the best parts of this film were how they showed the relationship between the mother and daughter, and each of their discoveries of who the other really were.  As much as I liked this movie, I think it’s a safe choice for the award.

Who should win: Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-it_RalphNow we’re talking my language!  Although at times predictable, Disney’s ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ (no Pixar this time) gives the movie goers something different than the usual fare.. and gives those of us who grew up in the 80’s arcades a bit of nostalgia.  The titular character feels unappreciated in his own game, so goes on a quest to win a medal in another one thinking it’ll made the characters from his game respect him more.  Instead of something straight forward, we get mayhem and mischief when he’s accidentally thrown into the ‘Sugar Rush’ game, where most of the movie takes place.

The upset vote: Paranorman

ParanormanAlthough I’ve yet to see this one, the trailer looks amusing and, as usual, allows for the ‘different kid’ to stand out from the crowd.  I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about ‘Paranorman’ so will be looking forward to watching it very soon.. plus the animation looks amazing.  Ultimately though I do think it’s between ‘Brave’ and Wreck-It Ralph’… just a matter of whether the Academy voters want straight-up Disney or mixed with a bit of Pixar.

Music (Original Song)

  • “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice” – music and lyric by J. Ralph
  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted” – music by Walter Murphy, lyric by Seth MacFarlane
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi” – music by Mychael Danna, lyric by Bombay Jayashri
  • “Skyfall” from “Skyfall” – music and lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • “Suddenly” – “Les Miserables” – music by Claude-Michel Schonbergm, lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Who will win: Adele

AdeleI think this one is pretty much a given.  Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ song has been the early front-runner to win this before it was even nominated.  As soon as the song came out, it was like a no-brainer that it would be nominated.  The song itself is very reminiscent of Bond themes of old, which was done on purpose to coincide with the anniversary of the series.

Who should win: Adele

I admit, I love this song.  And it’s the only one from the list that I would buy and consider listening to over and over again… and have.

The upset vote:  ‘Pi’s Lullaby’

Life_of_PiIf the Academy want to do something completely different and buck the popularity vote, then maybe they’ll give the award to ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ from ‘Life of Pi’.  It’s not your typical Top 40 song, or even anywhere near the same genre, but it’s a beautiful song.. and who knows, after ‘Jai Ho’ won from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, maybe the Bollywood love affair will continue.  (yes, I know ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ isn’t a Bollywood song.. but it is from the same culture..)

Short Film (Animated)

  • “Adam and Dog” – Minkyu Lee
  • “Fresh Guacamole” – PES
  • “Head Over Heels” – Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
  • “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'” – David Silverman
  • “Paperman” – John Kahrs

Who will win:  “Paperman”

paperman-walt-disney-yatzer-9“Paperman” is the clear front-runner in this category, and it’s for good reason (not just because the clip went viral a little while back).  This clip is Disney getting back to what they do best, proper animation.. though this does have some CG thrown in as well.  Sure, the story is a little heavy-handed, and not as fun as ‘The Simpsons’ entry, but it makes you realise that things happen for a reason and fate will guide you where you need to go.

Who should win:  Head over Heels

Head Over Heels was financed and made by students of the National Film and Television School.To be honest, I don’t think any of the other films have much of a chance against “Paperman”, though things are never as obvious as they may originally seem.  If one of the others does take the prize away, it’ll probably be “Adam and Dog” (though it’s hard to say as it’s been a bit difficult to find clips of all these nominees online in order to make an informed decision…) as it’s gotten a lot of critical praise.  But if they want to go old-school and give it to the next generation of animation, then it should go to “Head over Heels”, which was made by students – that’s right, it is a graduation film from the National Film & Television School, United Kingdom.

The upset vote:  “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”

longest-daycare-poster001f-704x365I didn’t realise until I Googled this short film that it was from ‘The Simpsons’, featuring baby Maggie in an outing of her own.  Perhaps it’s just my love of the tv show talking, but this was beautifully made.  Loved how there wasn’t a single word uttered in the clip, and how you never fully saw Marge’s face.. this was all about Maggie’s adventures at daycare, and it left me wanting to see more of it.  In a good way.

Right.. so what categories are left to predict?  Well, the big three (to me anyway)…

Next – Final Predictions – Picture, Director & Foreign Film

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