This year's Oscar nominations show how Pixar is no longer the gold standard in animated movies
The INSIDER Summary:• "Finding Dory" missed out on an Oscar nomination.
• It's yet another sign that Pixar is no longer the top animation studio.
• Pixar has produced some highlights in the past years, but it's a mixed bag.
When the Academy announced 2017's Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, one movie was conspicuously missing from the best animated feature list: "Finding Dory."grossed over $1 billion dollars at the box office and has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Its lack of an Oscar nomination further proves how a once-invincible movie studio is no longer the gold standard of animated filmmaking.
But in the past half-decade, Pixar has slipped. The critically derided "Cars 2" was its first movie to not be nominated since the category was introduced. Then "Brave" rebounded the studio, winning the award, but many people thought it didn't have the same magic as Pixar's better-known works. "Monsters University" and "The Good Dinosaur" also came and went without making a distinct mark on pop culture.
The Oscar's animation branch has a tradition of rewarding under-seen films, like "The Red Turtle" and "My Life as a Zucchini." It's a great track record that has inspired others, including myself, to watch films like "The Secret of Kells," which viewers otherwise may not have known existed. But when a mammoth like "Finding Dory" misses out, it seems like a snub.
And that's a huge loss for Pixar. They're no longer the top animation studio in the world. They're just another player in a crowded field, struggling to make their mark.
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