Oscar retrospective

by Tom Ingram

So, I called it in seven out of nine (or 6.5, if you want to get technical) categories in which I made predictions. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the two I missed were Best Picture and Best Animated Feature. I liked Argo but I didn’t seriously think it would win—the Academy is not subtle and the most obvious choice is usually the right one.

As for Brave, it’s a pretty lazy choice that solidifies Best Animated Feature as the Annual Pixar Award. The movie did not make a big splash—its box office was respectable but not outstanding and no one was talking about it a week after it came out. Paranorman had outstanding voice acting, a solid script, and a new method of animation that was very well executed.