Disney Pushing Wall-E for Best Picture Consideration!
I'm not sure I want to jump into the Oscar game this early, but this news was too exciting to pass up. We posted a rather crazy report last week saying that Paramount was going to push Robert Downey Jr. from Tropic Thunder for Oscar consideration, but that's only just the beginning. Disney is gearing up to push Wall-E for Best Picture consideration. And we're not just talking about Best Animated Feature Film, we're talking about Best Picture! Technically, it's still the best reviewed movie of the year, with a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. Confirmation of this Oscar buzz today comes from both the NY Times and Variety.
"If we didn't do it, I don't think we'd be giving the movie its due," Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook said of their decision to promote Wall-E. The rules state that Academy members can vote for the same film in both the Best Picture and Best Animated Feature Film categories, making this completely viable. The only other animated film in Oscar history to be nominated for Best Picture was Disney's Beauty and the Beast in 1991. So the rules allow it and it's certainly possible that it could happen given it's such a beloved film, it just comes down to seeing whether the Academy members will indeed support it.
I know everyone loved Wall-E, there's no question about that. It comes down to asking whether the brilliant filmmaking in Wall-E is deserving of Best Picture over other live-action films. Unfortunately we haven't seen all the big Oscar contenders yet, like Australia or Benjamin Button, so it's very hard to say this early on. Here is my biggest fear: as much as I think Wall-E undoubtedly deserves to win, if it it does win instead of, say, The Dark Knight, fans will be in an uproar. The reaction could be severe if it happens, which is what worries me. But maybe people do think Wall-E should win? What are your thoughts?