Lord and Miller ask Oscars to show more respect to animation

Just a few people who know a thing or two about animation

Just a few people who know a thing or two about animation
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Apparently some people were too distracted by “the slap” at the this year’s Oscars to note the odd way the Best Animated Feature category was presented. Presenters Halle Bailey, Naomi Scott and Lily James joked that kids watch these movies “over and over and over again.” Much to the chagrin of her parents. And earlier in the night, co-host Amy Schumer said she hasn’t seen many of the Oscar-nominated films, but that she has a toddler, so she “saw.” Encanto 190 times.”

But the thing is, animation is more than just for kids. So, Phil Lord and Chris Miller – the people behind some of the biggest animated feature films such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movieand this year’s Oscar nominee The Mitchells against the machines— would like to speak to the academy.

in the a guest column for diversityLord and Miller wrote about why the Oscar category for Best Animated Feature shouldn’t just be dismissed for children, and should instead be recognized with the same prestige as the other categories.

“To portray the five Academy Award nominees for Best Animated Feature as a corporate product for children that parents are reluctant to endure could be dismissed as simply reckless. But for those of us who have dedicated our lives to creating animated films, this negligence has become routine,” they write.

The couple continues, “Animated films routinely demonstrate excellence in photography, design, costumes and performance. They are among the most carefully and best directed films of the year. They have some of the most intricate scoring and sound designs.”

Lord and Miller suggest that instead of letting the presenters make shitty jokes about animation being for kids, the Academy could “invite a respected filmmaker to present the award and frame the animation as cinema” before proposing Oscar-winning filmmaker Bong Joon Ho. They say that Bong was then able to explain “why he listed two of this year’s animated feature nominees (Escape and The Mitchells against the machines) among his top 10 favorite movies of the year.”

The duo also say that calling the Best Animated Feature Film nominees children’s films is not entirely accurate Escape is “a heartbreaking animated documentary about an Afghan refugee” that is “no kid’s stuff, and neither is any former nominees i lost my body, Waltz with Bashir, Persepolis and on and on.”

You can read her full comment here.

https://www.avclub.com/lord-and-miller-oscars-respect-animation-category-1848759412 Lord and Miller ask Oscars to show more respect to animation

Andrew Schnitker

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