The 2012 Academy Awards nominations were announced today, leaving Disney with just two nods for their own original productions, among thirteen total including their distributed films.
In the category of Original Song, Bret McKenzie’s “Man or Muppet” is the shining star of Oscar potential for Disney this year, from the successful film “The Muppets.” The song features Jason Segel’s character Gary, a Muppet version of Jason Segel’s character, his Muppet brother Walter, and a human version of Walter, played in a cameo appearance by Emmy-winning “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons. With only one other song nominated in the category, “Real in Rio” from “Rio,” Muppets fans can hope that the producers of the Academy Awards ceremony can find time to feature a Muppetational performance during the show.
Disney’s other production Oscar nomination is for a Pixar short film called “La Luna,” to be widely released ahead of “Brave” when it opens in June. The seven-minute short is nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category.
But despite this nomination, all is not perfect for Pixar this year as their biggest full-length motion picture of the year was not nominated in the Animated Feature Film category. “Cars 2” has become the first Pixar film to receive no Oscar nomiations. Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh” also received none. The favorite in the Animated Feature Film category is “Rango,” starring the voice of Johnny Depp, with other nominees including “A Cat in Paris,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Puss in Boots,” and a Disney-distributed film called “Chico & Rita.”
The rest of Disney’s 2012 Academy Award nominations go to three DreamWorks films they distributed: “The Help” (Best Picture, Leading Actress for Viola Davis, Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer, and Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain), “War Horse” (Best Picture, Cinematography for Janusz Kaminski, Art Direction for Rick Carter and Lee Sandales, Music – Original Score for John Williams, Sound Editing for Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom, and Sound Mixing for Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Stuart Wilson) and “Real Steel” (Visual Effects for Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor, Swen Gilberg).