I’d vote for Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I haven’t yet seen The Secret of Kells. I think Up will win, but I’d just love it if Fox pulled off a surprise win. It would be such an honor to stop-motion animation plus I’d just giggle for months at the thought of Wes Anderson finally getting an Oscar. It would also be a nice nod to George Clooney and Meryl Streep, who probably won’t win the Lead Oscars they’re up for.
I went with Up on the basis of the plot and that astounding montage near the beginning, although it’s just a 51/49 split with Coraline for me. Haven’t seen FMF or Kells; liked PatF but wasn’t as blown away by it as by the other two I saw.
I’ve seen four out of the five (I don’t know how you’d see Kells at this point), and I don’t think you could go wrong with Up, Fox, or Coraline. I voted for Coraline, just because it left me thinking more than the others.
I’d say Up for funny (and touching in places).
And Fox for odd and different (which is always a good thing).
Princess is fine, but just way out of it’s league with the others.
Secret of Kells - it has to be seen. While I enjoyed Up and am a total Gaiman fanboy too, I think Kells does amazing things with artwork and imagination. Plus it’s not completely cel-animation, bits of it are done with Blender, which needs kudos.
I’m very much looking forward to seeing Secret of Kells when it opens in a couple of months.
Spirited Away won too, but it was in in a year when there was no Pixar film to nominate. The competition was Ice Age, Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (or Stallion: Spirit of the Cimarron, or Cimarron: Spirit of the Stallion, or Stallion: Cimarron of the Spirit, or Spirit: Cimarron of the Stallion, Cimarron: Stallion of the Spirit, or…*)
stolen and paraphrased from an old issue of Premiere.
That was the only previous time that there were 5 nominees, so I’d like to believe the Hollywood vote got split and diluted 4 ways (especially with no Pixar representative) and Miyazaki was able to eke out a well-deserved victory.
This year is the 2nd time there have been 5 nominees, but with Pixar’s Best Picture and Screenplay nods, I think this is about as safe a bet as one could imagine in this year’s race.