Conspiracy theorists in toon town see the Academy's creation of the feature animation Oscar in 2001 as a means of keeping the picture statuette out of their hands.
If anime was ever going to be the kind of mainstream cultural phenomenon in the U.S. that it is in Asia, 2003 sure seemed like a good year for it to happen.
Despite concerns over the past decade about the health and future of the animated short subject category, Oscar's shorts list is in its best health in years.
With four high-profile animated features released this year -- DreamWorks' "Shrek 2" and "Shark Tale," Disney/Pixar's "The Incredibles" and Warner's "The Polar Express" -- it might seem like the…
Even though Marvel Comics-related film properties have been around for 60 years, there is no doubt that this very moment represents the Golden Age of Marvel in the media.
As went Hitchcock, so goes Stan Lee. Like the Master of Suspense, the Master of the Marvel Universe regularly pops up in brief appearances in films based on Marvel characters.
The official criterion for the visual effects Oscar is spelled out in Rule No. 22 of the Academy's Awards rulebook. Films are judged based on "(a) consideration of the contribution the visual effects…
Given the sheer number of films that contain visual effects in any given year, selecting no more than three to vie for a visual effects Oscar seems like a slight. But the reason lies in the fact that…
In a year filled with battle noise ("Master and Commander" and "Cold Mountain"), thundering hoofs and cheering crowds ("Seabiscuit"), crossed swords ("The Last Samurai," "Pirates of the Caribbean"…
Only once in the history of the Academy Awards has an animated feature received a best picture nom: 1991's "Beauty and the Beast."
One almost needs a storyboard to explain the rules governing the Academy's animated feature film category. An animated feature is defined as "a motion picture of at least 70 minutes in running time…