For the first time in a long while, I did not bother to wait for the announcement of the winner for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards this year. Let's not even talk about last year, as Pixar's Brave undeservedly won last year over Disney's Wreck-It Ralph.
This year, it was really obvious that Disney's Frozen was going to win, with all the hype and hoopla surrounding it, and forgetting the other contenders. Contenders like Hayao Miyazaki's last film The Wind Rises or a new fan fave from France Ernest & Celestine (really looking forward to seeing that film, along with Miyazaki's). Don't get me wrong though, I do not have a problem with Frozen winning the award. I felt it was going to win after watching it in theaters, and I have no beef. With that, congrats to Disney on their very first Best Animated Feature award from the Oscars!
Now, there are still people who are upset that the Academy (along with the Golden Globes) snubbed Pixar's Monsters University as a nominee. To that I say this: It deserved the snub, and more importantly, it did not deserve an inch of being near a nomination for Best Animated Feature. That movie was nowhere near Pixar quality that we have seen with its predecessors and the critics are starting to see that as well. Maybe this will help Pixar wake up a bit and get them on the right track in telling better stories. We'll see with The Good Dinosaur..and man, that is a whole nother post that would have to be done for another time.
In closing, this year's awards were really predictable for the animated feature films, but it is not to say that it's a bad thing. Hopefully next year will be more interesting, competitive, and engaging amongst the Academy members when the vote. But like some things in life, that's wishful thinking (for the Academy members). Thanks for reading, and if you haven't seen any animated movies in a while, The Wind Rises is out, as well as The LEGO Movie! See them both!