And the winner is … NOT Ponyo.

February 2nd, 2010
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© 2009 Nibariki-GNDHDDT© 2008 Nibariki-GNDHDDT. All Rights Reserved.

The nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced earlier this morning, and anime won’t be part of the Best Animated Feature Film party. Ponyo, while pretty and very Hayao Miyazaki-esque in style, has instead earned the distinction of being the first Miyazaki film in seven years not to be nominated for an Oscar. It’s understandable, perhaps, given how the consensus is that it felt like it was missing a certain … something, some sort of spark that separates exceptional films from merely charming ones.

The films that made it in are certainly no slouches. Up, Disney/Pixar’s annual contribution (and often odds-on favorite to win) to the category, was the only film I’ve seen, and it was excellent. (I can never make it through the Carl/Ellie montage without crying, though.) I’ve only seen Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Princess and the Frog through trailers, but those are films I have in my viewing queue as well. The only one I hadn’t heard of until this morning was The Secret of Kells, but judging from the quiet but overwhelmingly positive buzz, I’m going to have to find a way to watch that somehow.

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