Wall-E's Best Picture Oscar?

The movie just opened yesterday, but already it's getting some Oscar buzz. And it's not even a PTA or a Scorsese!

According to DHD's Nikki Finke, Disney and Pixar are pushing really hard to get Wall•E nominated as a Best Picture contender, not just in the Animated category (that one's obvious).Recently, Iron Man had been enjoying a critical success in which it can claim to be "the best reviewed movie of the year" in its TV spots. That day is over, as Wall•E currently stands at 97% on the Tomatometer. That trumps both Iron Man's 93% and last year Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men's 95%.

But there's also a difference in praises. Critics have no problem hailing Iron Man as a great summer pop corn movie, but the reviews for Wall•E have been calling it a masterpiece. With its arty and ambitious premise, its heartwarming characters, its topical social commentary and its blazing cinematic execution... it's the kind of movie that the Oscars like to reward with its Best Picture gold.

The last (and only) time an animated film got a Best Picture nomination was 1991's Beauty and the Beast, but it didn't win (thanks to Silence of the Lambs). Can Disney give it a second go and win this time?

I hope it does, because as much as I like Pixar, they're starting to really dominate the Best Animated Feature slot. Maybe if they move Pixar to the Best Picture category, they'd be able to give other animated movies a chance next year (Paprika, anyone?).

Jun
28
2008
Arya Ponto • Contributor

As former Editor of JPP, Arya likes to entertain peeps with his thoughts on pop culture, when he's not busy watching Battle Royale for the 200th time. He lives in Brooklyn with a comic book collection that's always the most daunting thing to move with, and writes for Artboiled.com.

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