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I hate the Oscars for a variety of reasons, but last night we got more proof about how little respect and decision making actually goes into things. Frozen, as you might know by now, won “Best Animated Picture.” But what you may not know is that only some the people voting had actually SEEN the movie, or for that matter, ANY of the animated films listed in the Best Animated Picture category.

The Hollywood Reporter was able to get a few quotes from academy members who were voting for various categories (specifically best animated) and here are some of the results:

1. I have seen none of them. I have no interest whatsoever. That ended when I was 6. My son dragged me to a few when he was 6; I would seat him and go outside and make phone calls. My pick: I abstain.

2. I thought Frozen was amazing, and my personal favorite was Despicable Me 2, but I didn’t see all of the nominees, so I didn’t vote. My Pick: I abstained.

3. I don’t see much of a contest here. Frozen is intelligent, empowering, and inspiring. My pick: Frozen.

4. I voted for Frozen and none of the others were even in the discussion. Honestly, if they did not have the animated category, Frozen would have easily gotten a best picture nomination. It just delivered. My pick: Frozen.

5. I like them all about the same, so I decided not to vote. My pick: I abstain.

6. I agree with everyone else, Frozen was a very special film. My pick: Frozen.

7. I did not see all the nominees. My pick: I abstain.

The worse is clearly the first guy who pretty much embodies everything American animators hate about the industry. It’s no secret that here in America, animation is seen as a child’s thing and is usually not taken seriously, despite all evidence to the contrary. To see such a nasty remark against all the animated films up for nomination only goes to remind us that while animation has made progress in America over the years, we’ve still got a LONG way to go before it’s recognized as a legitimate medium.

But I think what’s even more telling, and more disappointing, is how only a select few had actually SEEN the movies that were being nominated. Most seem to just abstain from voting because they hadn’t seen anything, or voted for Frozen because it was the one they knew the best out of all of them.

It’s pretty depressing to see this because, while I do feel that Frozen deserved to win something, this inside look into the inner workings of the Academy makes me feel cheated. It feels like there’s no effort put in at all on who does or doesn’t win, and for such a big award ceremony that is suppose to be so significant, it severely taints the message they are trying so hard to convey.

Worse still it’s quite a slap to the face of all the other animated films who should be recognized for their hard work. The Croods in particular is an amazingly fun movie with a strong moral message and extremely unique character designs. All of those other animated films worked so hard and they don’t even get mentioned because Disney was able to promote the hell out of Frozen. That’s so very sad.

Once again, I am happy that Frozen won. I just wish I didn’t know how the inner workings of how the Oscars select their winners actually worked. It pisses me off and depresses me that so many people even in the year 2014 don’t appreciate animation as a legitimate art form.

Fuck the Oscars.

  • Mood: Tired
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OceanPirate Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ou know,people think Frozen is good because of a mary-sue with some powers,but the story is so plain. I quiet the movie after seeing it half,blergh. Other movies deserved more,such a shame.
yoichi-masaki Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
the first guy is risking his child getting kidnapped alot....
leomen0 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ChocolatNinja Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Sorry, am I missing the main point here???
Nut-Kase-the-pony Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I hated Frozen. Enough said.
Sorrowscoldfrost Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I didn't like Frozen either.
Nut-Kase-the-pony Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm so glad I was not the only one. I'm not a big fan of musicals and it just seemed like another typical Disney movie. Nothing seemed to impress me.
Sorrowscoldfrost Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I know what you mean. Everyone was saying it was such a great movie, and then I watched it... and was majorly disappointed. It wasn't all that impressive at all.
Kamentantei Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
CGI in particular is more a kiddie thing; I feel like as soon as they stopped hand-drawing cartoons and making them into movies here, it seems like they stopped putting thought into what they were making and just became lazy. The Princess and the Frog was good, but we have to admit that American animation is extremely limited because of this train of thought. Outside of occasionally good animated shows like Avatar, Batman The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, and Teen Titans, there's not much going for Western cartoons besides comedy....and it's so limiting. I mean, Avatar had so many fans going for it and look at Korra, it's become more of a teenage show. But the worst thing for me is how none of the networks anymore show anything animated, they all get rid of it. For a while, Cartoon Network was full of reality shows and now it's back to cartoons but they're lazily drawn with shoddy jokes and poor animation; no more Courage the Cowardly Dog or Cow and Chicken stuff. I mean, Toon Disney died out and so did NickToons, which is full of nothing but live action stuff; the Hub and Cartoon Network are the only ones that actually show animated stuff, despite how many people love it. And for anime, it's been more of a death sentence. Toonami is at midnight until six in the morning. How many people are actually going to stay up that late to watch it, huh? And it's only on one night a week and not five days like it used to really amazes me how many people don't know what anime is and there are people that have never heard of Batman the Animated Series.....sad, it is....but if there's one thing I can't stand in Disney, it's how they think all the characters need to sing all the time. I'm like, SHUT UP AND GET TO THE STORY AND ACTION!
zilla19982 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The Computer Generated medium is no less artistic in aesthetic and no less challenging in creation that the hand-drawn methodology. It's not a shortcut, and to think it is is telling as to your own experience with the medium of animation and CG in particular. There's nothing lazy about it. There's work, there's effort, 
What, you think it's as simple as "push a button, hey it's done"? Are you naive? Or 12?
I'm sorry for being so condescending, but it's not like you're innocent of that.

Secondly Princess and the Frog was okay at best. It should have been better, and it could have been. The animation was beautifully designed and brought to life, the characters were okay, but the story was bland and the music was anything but memorable. It didn't suck but it's not the kind of thing that sticks with you. One of the few people of color and the first black Disney heroine could and should have had better.

Thirdly Cartoon Network has suffered Network Decay, as have plenty of other channels like Discovery, History, TLC, the list goes on.
Two things they do have, though, are Adventure Time and Regular Show. Mindless for kids maybe, existential crisis inducing for anyone with a sense of self-awareness. Not lazily drawn or lazily assembled. Take the time to watch the both of them, they're a pair of legitimately great shows I expected to hate, and even though they both broke my mind, they're both legitimately fantastic.

Finally, hey, if you don't like the musical medium no one's forcing it on you. You *can* abstain from it. Thing is, though, often the singing acts to further characterization and story development. IE Phantom of the Opera, Little Shop of Horrors, Repo! The Genetic Opera, etc. Very rare is it in a well-done musical for a song to be a digression from character development or plot progression; it serves a purpose and ultimately serves that purpose more truncated and more efficiently than the alternative.
Granted Frozen had *a* song that came out of nowhere and didn't really do anything for anything. And yeah, it annoyed me when it did that and it annoys me when that happens anywhere.
But hey, bit of news, I hope this doesn't catch you too off-guard, I know I was floored when I found out...musicals...have songs in them. I know, crazy right? And that's how they move forward most of what they do. If that's not your bag, maybe you won't like musicals. Hazarding a guess there.
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