Happy Feet & Danish Poet Top Animated Oscar Honors
Winner for Original Screenplay, Michael Arndt, who penned LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, is now at work on a script for TOY STORY 3 at Pixar. Backstage he talked to VFXWORLD about how that came about and how he felt about working in animation? Amdt recounted, "I started meeting with Pixar in the summer of 2005 when LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE was being filmed, and they had read the script, really liked it, but they didn't even really know if it [TOY STORY 3] was being made. But, they liked it enough that they flew me up, and I had a couple interviews. And they hired me to work on another project, so I was at the studio. After the merger took place between Disney and Pixar, they decided they were going to ramp up TOY STORY 3, and I sort of got sidelined into that job.
"It's been an incredibly great experience for me to work at Pixar, he continued. "When I was starting out, I just wrote alone, you know, in my apartment, and it gets to be sort of boring and depressing, you know, to just be in your apartment all day long. Pixar is an incredibly great, creative place, collaborative, and, also, they're all such incredibly smart guys. I really decided that one of the great pleasures in life is being in a room full of really smart people, and I've had the good fortune to do that at Pixar for a year-and-a-half now.
Sound Mixing was awarded to Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer and Willie Burton for DREAMGIRLS (DreamWorks & Paramount).
PANS LABYRINTH garnered three wins for cinematography, art direction and makeup.
DEPARTED won for Best Picture and Martin Scorsese was recognized his direction on DEPARTED.
For a full list of winners & nominees, visit www.oscars.com.
For a travelogue with the animated short nominees the past week leading up to the Oscars, visit http://oscartour.animationblogspot.com.
And check out the Oscar Showcase the 2007 AWN Oscar Showcase, which includes clips from all the animated films and short.