WALL-E for Best Picture? Hey, If Crash Can Win…

source: nytimes.com

The Oscar race has begun, with major studios pushing megahits WALL-E, Iron Man and The Dark Knight for Academy Award consideration.

Disney has officially begun their campaign to push WALL-E for a Best Picture nomination at next year’s Oscars.

Walt Disney chairman Dick Cook told the New York Times the film was deserving of the campaign.

“If we didn’t do it, I don’t think we’d be giving the movie its due,” he said.

The Pixar film is the latest in the studio’s long line of awards-worthy masterpieces. WALL-E opened to rapturous reviews, eclipsing (in my humble opinion) previous benchmarks Ratatouille, The Incredibles and Toy Story 2.

Pixar have had the Best Animated Feature Oscar in the bag for the last few years (with the exception of Monster’s Inc losing to Shrek. How did THAT happen?!)

It seems Disney have finally woken up and realised these movies are worthy of the big one, and will begin their promotions accordingly. If successful, WALL-E could be the first film since Beauty and the Beast in 1991 to be nominated for Best Picture (the only animated film to do so).

I personally think WALL-E is the best film of the year, even surpassing The Dark Knight (despite my hyperbolic ramblings that imply otherwise).

Speaking of The Dark Knight, Warner Bros will re-release the film in January so it can nab a few more Oscar noms as well. Yeah, because I’m sure everyone would have forgotten about it by January otherwise.

Paramount is also pushing their big flicks Iron Man and Tropic Thunder, to hopefully score Robert Downey Jr Best Actor and Supporting Actor nominations too.

A Best Picture nomination for these big flicks could even improve the Oscar’s viewership. The highest rating events of the last ten years was for Titanic‘s oscar sweep in 1998, and The Return of the King‘s triumph in 2004. The ceremony needs an audience pleaser to bring in the audience. Not that the Oscar’s should pander, of course. But let’s face it: has there really been a better flick than WALL-E or The Dark Knight this year?

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