A report on the animation winners at the 1998 Academy Awards. Includes Quicktime movies!
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As AWN's reader poll predicted last week, Pixar's computer-animated short film Geri's Game won the Oscar for Best Animation Short Film at the 70th Annual Academy Awards presented on March 23, 1998. The film's director, Jan Pinkava, accepted the award. The young, somewhat flustered Pinkava said, "Thank you to the Academy for honoring animated short films...This is amazing to be up here." He also dedicated the award to his colleagues at Pixar and his family in Prague. Pixar has won several other Oscars including the Best Animation Short Film for Tin Toy in 1988, a special achievement award for Toy Story in 1996 and honors in the Scientific and Technical awards in 1998, 1996, 1994, 1993 and 1992.
Also taking home gold statuettes this year were Titanic artists Robert Legato, Mark Lasoff, Thomas L. Fisher and Michael Kanfer for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. And, although Fox Animation Studios' Anastasia was nominated in the Best Original Musical or Comedy Score, the Oscar went to The Full Monty. Go figure.