February 17, 2009
Visual Effects Society announced the nominees for the 7th Annual VES Awards. the awards recognize outstanding visual effects in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Nominated features include Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, Waltz With Bashir, Roadside Romeo, Wall-E, Iron Man (with five nominations), The Dark Knight, and Cloverfield. Commercials for Coke, Audi and Wrigley's 5 are also on the list, as are several television shows and student works.

The awards ceremony will take place on February 21st in Los Angeles.

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February 10, 2009

After winning a Golden Globe, Andrew Stanton's Wall-E also picked up the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film. Persepolis and Waltz With Bashir were the other two nominees in that category. These last two films were also in the running for Best Film Not in the English Language.

Nick Park's latest Wallace and Gromit short, A Matter of Loaf and Death won for Best Short Animation.

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January 22, 2009

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, as usual too early for anyone who likes a decent sleep. Wall-E has been nominated for Best Screenplay, which though mostly dialogueless is an extremely worthy nomination.

Waltz With Bashir has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Academy has played it safe with the nomination of Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, and Wall-E in the Best Animated Film category. They are all great films, but I expect no upsets in that category. There seem to be some great choices that are not in the running.

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January 13, 2009

The Golden Globe Winners were announced on January 11th.

That Wall-E won for best animated feature is no big surprise, since, as Emru pointed out, "when Pixar gets things right, it's perfect".

The nice surprise was that Waltz With Bashir won for Best Foreign Language film. Last year, Persepolis was nominated in the same category. Maybe animation is starting to leave the ghetto – at least when it's not in English.

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