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Toy Story 3 Garners Five Oscar Nods

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards. TOY STORY 3 received five nominations – Best Picture, Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay (Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich), Best Song (“We Belong Together” by Randy Newman) and Best Sound Editing.

TOY STORY 3 will be joined in the Best Animated Feature category by HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and THE ILLUSIONIST.

For Best Visual Effects, the nominees are ALICE IN WONDERLAND (Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips), HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 (Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi), HEREAFTER (Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell), INCEPTION (Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb) and IRON MAN 2 (Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick). The big surprise in the category is that TRON: LEGACY was left out.

In other animated related Oscar news, TOY STORY 3 will be joined in the Best Song category by TANGLED with the tune “I See the Light,” music by Alan Menken and lyric by Glenn Slater. Also John Powell’s score for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON was given the nod in Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score).

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"What honor it is to be nominated for an Academy Award!  I'm actually on my way to the Van Nuys immigration and naturalization office for a biometrics (fingerprinting) appointment.   I'm looking at the Oscar nom as a good sign!  Maybe they'll let me stick around and become a citizen now!"- Dean DeBlois, Writer/Director, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

"To be nominated in the animated feature film category is is an unbelievable thrill and honor.  I honestly couldn't sleep last night in anticipation of the announcement.  When I was a kid I watched the Oscars with my grandmother - we never missed a broadcast.  I could never have imagined that as kid growing up in Colorado I would have a chance to be a part of this amazing thing. DreamWorks gave us a place where we were free to create and pushed us to never ever stop short of the best we could do."- Chris Sanders, Writer/Director, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

"We are delighted, and very honoured, to hear that our film has been acknowledged by the Academy Members in this way. We couldn't be happier. Making THE GRUFFALO was a wonderful experience for Max [Lang] and myself and to hear that it is being enjoyed by so many people, is almost too much of a reward in itself."- Jakob Schuh, Director, THE GRUFFALO

"Martin [Pope] and I are thrilled and delighted that THE GRUFFALO has been nominated. It's the dream culmination of our six year journey to bring Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's magical children's book to the screen."- Michael Rose, Producer, THE GRUFFALO

"The nomination is wonderful because working on ALICE IN WONDERLAND was one of the best creative experiences of my entire career. Tim Burton trusted us with his vision and the work on the screen is the result of an amazing collaboration with hundreds of brilliant artists, including my fellow nominees and a great team on set. You hope to have an experience like this at least once in career and I am so happy that our peers recognized the extraordinary complexity, detail and accomplishment that the visual effects in ALICE IN WONDERLAND represent."- Ken Ralston, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, ALICE IN WONDERLAND

"As an artist who has been working in the VFX industry for a long time now, I am very excited to receive this honor and recognition. Thanks to the many artists and technicians, especially those at Sony Pictures Imageworks, who helped make ALICE IN WONDERLAND possible."- Carey Villegas, Visual Effects Supervisor, ALICE IN WONDERLAND

"I'm excited and honored to be nominated but want to share the honor with the entire visual effects crew that was responsible for all the spectacular work in ALICE IN WONDERLAND.”- Sean Phillips, From Visual Effects Supervisor, ALICE IN WONDERLAND

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