Andrew Stanton's Response to Wall-E Oscar Nominations
by Alex Billington
January 22, 2009
As we all know, the nominees for the 81st Academy Awards were announced this morning and there were some big upsets, including an excess of nominations for The Reader and a lack of big nominations for The Dark Knight. But one film that is, for the most part, getting a lot of well-deserved love is Wall-E. The film received a total of 6 nominations, for Best Animated Feature, Original Screenplay, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Score, and Original Song. The film's writer and director, Andrew Stanton, has written a brief response to the nominations announcement this morning that we have for your reading pleasure below.
"We are ecstatic and grateful for the Academy's generous and humbling recognition of Wall-E. It is an honor and privilege to make films at Pixar, where we have grown into a great, big family. This is a tribute to all of us at Pixar and Disney who do our best to make films, not just animated films, but films for everyone that just happen to be animated."
Although I may be upset that Wall-E didn't get an actual Best Picture nomination, we all knew that was very unlikely. However, it is great to see it receive 6 nominations, because it did have a lot to offer in addition to just being an animated film. I do think it is a big step for the Academy to nominate an animated film for some of these categories, especially screenplay. I know it will win Best Animated Feature for sure, but can it also clench it's 5 remaining categories? Who knows? I know it'll be a very tough battle, up against films like Iron Man and Slumdog Millionaire, but Wall-E has what it takes to win. The winners will be announced on February 22nd!