Oscars: Can “Rango” rustle up an Oscar nomination? – AWARDS ALLEY
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: There have been 10 winners in the Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars since the category was created in 2001. Seven of those were produced by Disney, usually through it’s partnership with Pixar Animation Studios.
In fact, Pixar is on a four-year streak that has included “Ratatouille,” “WALL-E,” “Up” and last year’s Oscar winner, “Toy Story 3.” Many expect that streak to be broken this year, as Pixar’s “Cars 2” wasn’t up to snuff with the company’s previous installments, and far too many creative animated films emerged from Disney and Pixar’s rivals.
“Rango,” for example, charmed critics and audiences from the minute it was released. Gore Verbinski’s attempt at turning the Western genre on its head by viewing it through the unique eye of a domesticated, delusional chameleon (Johnny Depp) collected $245M in worldwide grosses, and earned an impressive 88% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
“Rango’s not just a kiddie-flick (though it has enough silly slapstick to qualify as a pretty good one). It’s a real movie lover’s movie, conceived as a Blazing Saddles-like comic commentary on genre that’s as back-lot savvy as it is light in the saddle,” wrote NPR critic Bob Mondello.
Will Depp and his scaly creation have the chance to compete at the Oscars? It’s very possible, as “Rango” is up for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Annie Awards and likely could find itself in the animation category when nominees are announced on Jan. 24.
Verbinski started his awards journey this year at the Hollywood Film Awards, where “Rango” was honored with out Hollywood Animation Award. He was presented by longtime producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who calls Verbinski “fearless.” And the director lived up to that reputation with his speech. See for yourself, and then watch to see if “Rango” ends up with a well-deserved Oscar nomination on Jan. 24.
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