This year’s Animation Magazine Online Oscar Poll sees Aardman Animations’ and DreamWorks Animation’s Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit win with 47% of the vote. The clay-animated comedy from directors Nick Park and Steve Box easily beat fellow leading vote getters Warner Bros.’ Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (33%) and Disney’s presentation of Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle (20%).
Though it did lukewarm theatrical and home video business in the U.S., the first-ever Wallace & Gromit feature was a huge hit overseas and looks like a shoo-in to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature on Sunday, having already picked up a bevy of kudos this season, including the BAFTA for best British Film.
Our Oscar Poll opened in January, inviting animation fans and professionals alike to vote from a host of likely Oscar nominees. Other films short-listed at the time were Disney’s Chicken Little, DreamWorks’ Madagascar, Sony Pictures Classics’ presentation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Steamboy, The Weinstein Co.’s Hoodwinked, the Disney-distributed Valiant from Vanguard Animation and Gulliver’s Travel from Pentimedia Graphics Ltd. Last year, Animation Magazine readers chose the Disney/Pixar hit The Incredibles from director Brad Bird as the favorite to win the Oscar, which it did.
In the Best Animated Short competition, Pixar’s One Man Band from directors Andrew Jimenez and Mark Andrews takes the cake with 39% of the vote. Shane Acker’s 9 and Anthony Lucas’ The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello each received 22% to tie for second place, while Sharon Coleman’s Badgered came in third with 11%. Also in contention was John Canemaker’s The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation with garnered just 6% of votes.
We’d like to thank everyone who logged on to vote. To see how accurate you were this year, tune in to watch the 78th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March. 5. ABC will televise the ceremony live from the Kodak Theater in Hollywood beginning at 5 p.m. More information on all nominated animated films can be found at www.animationmagazine.net/oscar_contenders_05.html.