Let’em roll in

The Hollywood award season has finally got underway- and Disney / Pixar are off to a good start as far as their animated releases are concerned. TOY STORY 3 garnered the Best Animated Feature award at the National Board of Review awards that traditionally kick off the award season.

The National Board of Review, established in 1909, describes itself as “group of knowledgeable film enthusiasts, academics, film professionals, and students” – and considering the award for TOY STORY 3 Disney Pixar fans are sure not to doubt it this year.

Disney Pixar have a lock at the Best Animated Feature award category at the NBR awards since 2006 and also garnered it in 2003 and 2004 (a list of past recipients can be found online at the official website of the NBR).

In addition it might be of interest to Disney Pixar fans that the “William K. Everson Award For Film History” presented by the NBR went to Leonard Maltin – a film expert who has not only released various books on Disney subjects but also has been the guests of many Disney fans around the globe thanks to the commentaries he has provided on various releases of Disney classics on DVD and BluRay (more about him on his official blog).

The big winner at the NBR awards however was the Facebook movie “The Social Network”. So what does that mean for the OSCARs standing at the pinnacle of the Hollywood award season from the public’s point of view? Not so much as Pete Hammond explains on Deadline Hollywood: “Even though the NBR did match eventual Best Picture Oscar winners No Country For Old Men in 2007 and Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, nothing other than Best Documentary winner The Cove and Best Animated winner Up repeated at the Oscars last year. [… ] And only one of their 8 acting winners in the past two years (2008 Supporting Actress Penelope Cruz) similarly triumphed at the Oscars.” Check out his full blog post on the NBR awards and other developments at the award front on Deadline!

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