Every year, Oscar pundits speculate whether animated films will be recognized beyond their own category.
And that long-dormant recognition is finally happening — but slowly.
An Oscar turning point came with the best picture nomination for the 1991 “Beauty and the Beast
.” Since then, other toons have been nominated in the best pic, screenplay, music/song, sound and foreign-language categories. The second breakthrough will occur when there are multiple toons nominated for best picture in the same year —and when they are recognized in such categories as direction, costume design and art direction.
It will happen, and the sooner the better.
It’s never easy for any film to get Oscar attention but the battle is particularly steep for animated works for three reasons: guilt, the kiddie factor and the sheer mystery of the art.
When you’re in a “serious” discussion of great films, it’s easy to bring up “All Quiet on the Western Front