Opinion – What We Learned From the 86th Academy Awards Nominations

"Monsters University" (2013) - 86th Academy Awards Nominations

Pixar’s Oscar Dominance Now Challenged

Was it honestly a shock that Cars 2 became the first Pixar movie not nominated for an Oscar? Not really. But it’s still Pixar. The studio has won the Best Animated Feature award a record seven times. Pixar’s most recent win was last year’s Brave. Brave wasn’t even universally praised like the majority of Pixar films, edging out the likes of Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph and Frankenweenie.

So will Monsters University win Pixar its 8th Oscar? Monsters University failed to be nominated in the Best Animated Feature category. But unlike Cars 2, Monsters University was generally received to positive reviews.

Instead, Frozen, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, The Wind Rises and Ernest and Celestine contend for the Oscar.  Frozen won the Golden Globe on Sunday, but against just The Croods and Despicable Me 2. Factor in Hayao Miyazaki’s swan song, The Wind Rises into the mix, leaving Studio Ghibli its first real contender since 2002 winner, Spirited Away.

Pixar is out of contention at next year’s Oscars too. The studio’s next film, The Good Dinosaur won’t be out until 2015.

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