UP going for the “Best Picture” Oscar (updated)

The OSCAR nominations have been made public and “UP” is going for the big one. “UP” has been, as was rumored before, nominated for the Best Picture award. This time the competition is even more fierce as the years before as for the first time since 1943 10 movies will have to battle it out to win the prestigious movie award. The other nominees are “Avatar”, “The Blind Side”, “District 9″, “An Education”, “The Hurt Locker”, “Inglourious Bastards”, “Precious”, “A Serious Man” and “Up in the Air”. It will not be an easy task for “UP” with a powerful list like this.

The more obvious nomination for “UP” is in the “Best Animated Feature” category. Here it is up against “Caroline”, “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” and “The Secret of Kells”.

“UP” is also nominated in the category Best Music (original Score) for Michael Giacchino’s great work as well as in the category Sound Editing. Last, but not least, “UP” is also nominated for the award in the category Writing (Original Screenplay) where it will have to face “The Hurt Locker”, “Inglourious Bastards”, “The Messenger” and “A Serious Man”.

Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” continues its disappointing award run managing to gain only enough votes for a meager three nominations: besides the already mentioned nomination in the category “Best Animated Feature” there are nominations for the two songs “Almost There” and “Down in New Orleans” both by Randy Newman in the category “Music (Original Song)”.

Overall the OSCAR nominations must be deemed surprisingly weak for the whole of the Walt Disney Company, since there are no(!) nominations besides those for “UP” and “The Princess and the Frog”, bringing the total of Disney to 8. That’s rather far behind the other big competitors as Sony scored 18 nominations (including 13 for Sony Classics), Fox came in next with 14 nominations (including 3 for Fox Searchlight), The Weinstein Co scored 13, Paramount 12, Universal 11 (including 2 for Focus Features and Working Title Films, and 1 for Focus Features on its own) and Summit Entertainment 9. Of the big studio companies only Warner Bros with 7 and Lionsgate with 6 nomations got beaten by Disney (thanks to Deadline Hollywood who did all the research and also provides further in-depth analysis on the OSCAR nominations – plus who most probably will win).

The full list of all Oscar nominees can be found here.

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