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‘Oscars don’t pay any respect to animation outside its category’: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Not Getting Best Picture Nomination Divides Hollywood

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio Not Getting Best Picture Nomination Divides Hollywood

The nominations for the 95th Academy Awards are out! Just like any other award ceremony, there was plenty of joy when the most deserving projects and celebrities were chosen to be honored with a nomination. However, there were a few disappointed frowns as well, especially from the fans of Guillermo del Toro.

Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro brought the charm he is known for in Pinocchio. The movie focuses on the life of a very popular character from the childhoods of many. While Pinocchio’s story has been told a number of times, Guillermo del Toro put a spin on it which made it a bit different than other adaptations of the story. Now, while Pinocchio did bag a nomination at the Academy Awards, fans are a bit disappointed that the film didn’t get nominated for Best Picture.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio Robbed at the Oscars?

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

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Announced just yesterday (January 24), the nominations received a mixed reaction from the fans. Talking about the Best Picture category, the list includes All Quiet on the Western Front, Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees of Inisherin, Elvis, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Fabelmans, Tar, Top Gun: Maverick, Triangle of Sadness, and Women Talking.

The list sure is extensive. However, fans are now coming for the Oscars as they believe a much deserving film is missing from the category – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. Sure the film has been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for the fans. This does go on to say that the Oscars have been fairly overlooking animated films. While they have their own categories, sometimes an animated film is well-deserving of a spot in the Best Picture category. Here’s what Twitter has to say.

To this date, only three animated films have had the chance to join the Best Picture category. Beauty and the Beast was nominated at the 64th Academy Awards, Up at 82nd, and Toy Story 3 at 83rd. The last nomination came more than a decade back in 2010. Even the Best International Feature Film category has only two animated movies in the list – Waltz with Bashir (81st) and Flee (91st). Do you think it’s a bit unfair?

The Team Reacts to the Nomination

Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro poses with a Pinocchio figurine

After Pinocchio received the nomination at the 95th Oscars, del Toro talked to BBC about animation not being a genre for kids. The filmmaker stated that animation is responsible for giving some of the most “indelible images in the history of film.”

“We’ve been saying and we’re continuing to say that animation is not a genre for kids. It’s a medium for cinema, animation is film and I think we need to repeat it every year whoever has the chance to be at any podium, has to say it. And eventually I think little by little that battle must be won because animation has given us some of the most indelible images in the history of film and it deserves to be in the conversation with every other part of film-making.”

Del Toro also stated that he was excited, elated, and relieved after receiving the nomination, calling it the most nerve-wracking morning. He added that being a part of the conversation means a lot since it brings more audience toward the film.

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Producers Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley also expressed their happiness about the nomination. Talking to Deadline, Bulkley called it a “surreal moment” stating that it was something to celebrate. Campodonico expressed how lucky they were to be under the mentorship of del Toro and Mark Gustafson. This was the first Oscar nomination for the animation studio, ShadowMachine.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is available to stream on Disney+.

Source: Twitter

Written by Mishkaat Khan

Mishkaat is a medical student who found solace in content writing. Having worked in the industry for about three years, she has written about everything from medicine to literature and is now happy to enlight you about the world of entertainment. When not writing, she can be found obsessing over supernatural beings through books and TV.