Monday, February 27, 2017

'Zootopia' Bags The Oscar, 'Zucchini' Wins 2 Cesars

The glitziest night in the Hollywood Calendar has been and gone for another year. As the film industry's biggest names assembled for their annual celebration, we finally know which animated nominees have gone home with The Academy Awards.

Anyone who had been hoping for an upset in the Best Animated Feature Oscar will be disappointed. Zootopia had been the front-runner through most of the awards season, but Kubo And The Two Strings had been running a close second. LAIKA's film pulled off a surprise win at The BAFTAs earlier this month, so many were wondering- could it do the same at The Oscars? Ultimately, Rich Moore and Byron Howard's  Billion-dollar-film triumphed, beating out not only Kubo, but fellow Disney movie Moana and indies My Life As A Zucchini and The Red Turtle.

The animated feature Oscar was first awarded in 2001, and since then it has been awarded to films not made by Disney or Pixar just five times. The last time a non-Disney Studio won was 2011 with Rango (a year when no Disney or Pixar films were nominated).


It was, in fact, a clean sweep for Disney in the animation categories. Pixar's Piper won the statue for Best Animated Short, and The Jungle Book dashed Kubo's hopes of a historic Visual Effects win. Elsewhere, Moana and Dreamworks Animation's Trolls lost out to La La Land in the Best Original Song category.

Earlier in the weekend, France's Cesar Awards took place in Paris. The Franco-Swiss co-production My Life As A Zucchini (under its original title Ma Vie Da Courgette) had been nominated for not only Best Animated Feature but also Best Score and Best Adapted Screenplay. Of the three, it managed to win two- missing out only for the score nomination.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! Who do you think should have won? Let us know in the comments, or via social media!


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