This morning, the AMPAS announced this year’s Academy Award nominees. Ratatouille walked away with five nominations, including Best Animated Feature. Its competition in this category will be Sony’s Surf’s Up and Persepolis, the latter of which is considered to be Ratatouille‘s strongest competitor. Many (including myself) have argued that Pixar’s film was worthy of inclusion in the Best Picture category, but the Academy’s bias against animated fare continues unabated. Sadly, the Best Animated Feature category looks to be a permanent ghetto for animated films and will prevent any animation, regardless of quality, from consideration for Best Picture.
On the positive side, the film did receive a nomination for Best Original Screenplay – a rarity for animated films. This looks to be the official “Makeup Prize to Brad Bird for Otherwise Ignoring His Brilliant Film Award”, as he was previously nominated for Best Screenplay for The Incredibles in 2005.
Congratulations are in order for Brad Bird and his team on the film, who have knocked another one out of the park despite the constant nattering of nabobs. Also worthy of congratulations are Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, who had three songs from Enchanted nominated for Best Original Song.
- Best Animated Feature Film of the Year – Brad Bird
- Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score) – Michael Giacchino
- Achievement in Sound Editing – Randy Thom and Michael Silvers
- Achievement in Sound Mixing – Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane
- Original Screenplay – Screenplay by Brad Bird; Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
- “Happy Working Song” – Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
- “So Close” – Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
- “That’s How You Know” – Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz