Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.
So I just want to clarify something, because I’m not sure that people fully understand how the Oscars work. Each section of the academy has a branch (Animation, Documentary, Acting, Sound, Costumes etc). Every member of each branch votes for the films in their branch. For example I’m an actor, so I would be in the acting branch and my focus would be on voting for the acting awards. HOWEVER, I’m also allowed to vote for the other categories IF I’ve seen all of the films. You’re not supposed to vote for a a category if you haven’t seen every film in it, and that rule is adhered to (to the best of my knowledge).
By the voter saying they abstain from voting, though they said it in a rude way, that doesn’t take away from the animation section- as the people IN that section will be voting for it, and anyone else who has seen all the nominees. The people in the animation branch may have written “I abstain” on the acting branch, if that makes sense.