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July 08, 2008

Hate Wall-E, love SJP?


But he's such an adorable little trash can anyone hate on "Wall-E?"

Our commenters aren't that harsh -- yet -- but they're making their feelings known about the Oscar potential of the animated flick, which has inspired some of the most glowing reviews of the year and the kind of buzz that could catapult it beyond the kid-friendly target.

The best animated movie category was created for a reason, readers say, and "Wall-E" should stick to it, leaving the best picture to live action fare.

"I'm so sick of the yearly Pixar animated film 'getting Oscar talk' for the best picture race. Even if it did get nominated for both categories, the chances of winning both would be nil and would just take up a worthy nominee for best picture."

Settle down, Katie.

At least one prominent blogger agrees with you, though, asking people to "stop the 'Wall-E' Oscar madness, please!" and giving some historical context for an uphill battle for the love-struck robot flick.

Steve, another Gold Rush reader, goes the opposite direction here, figuring there's such an overlap in genres that all movies should go into the same pot for consideration:

"Considering all the CGI in films today, isn't everything an animated film? Let's ditch that category and the best foreign film category and put everything on the same level."

Never gonna happen. But it's a good conversation starter, and we're all about that. Keep it coming, y'all.

And speaking of water cooler chatter, we're seeing some genuine enthusiasm from our readers for Sarah Jessica Parker's performance in "Sex and the City." Oscar contender? Feel free to weigh in.


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Yeah, just saw Wall-E. Sorry, thought ratatouille was way better and I could argue that getting a best picture nod. However, animated films should consider themselves lucky that they have their own category -- when comedies should have their own category too and maybe then sarah jessica Parker's consideration for an Oscar would not be so out of this world.


The academy generally disses Sci-fi and animation and romantic anything and critical acclaim does not necessarily translate to oscar gold (where was Knocked Up, yeah, still sore about that one). Then there is the argument that actors are the largest voting branch and wouldn't vote for animation. Is winning best animated film really not enough?


Let me put it this way -- I will be outraged if Sarah Jessica Parker is NOT nominated for an Oscar. Pitch perfect performance that stands up to the best actresses and believe me no one was more surprised than me coming out of the theater. I urge all voters to take a look at just sjp in this movie-- it is a genuine, dramatic, realistic and a powerfully moving performance and isn't that why they give out oscars in the first place?


Sarah Jessica Parker is oscar worthy but the academy would rather nominate little dark movies that no one has seen nor will see. I hope i'm wrong.


I hope WALL-E ends up on the Best Picture Nod. If it doesn't, I will not watch the oscars. Unlike Ratatuiolle and the Incredibles, WALL-E had a wonderful allegorial story.

WALL-E costed 180,000,000 to make, just as much as the Dark Knight. So many people worked so hard on it. Ben Burtt did amazing voice design, Stanton wrote his most daring script, the computer graphics were realistic (with the exception of the human characters), Newman did a beautiful themed score (WHY DID HE NOT GET A NOD FOR BEST MUSIC AT THE ANNIES?!), etc.,etc.

WALL-E is not one of the bloated romance films like the great, but overrated Titanic. Titanic did nothing but circled around Jack and Rose romance. There were many things going on beside WALL-E's and EVE's romance- There was a lethargic society, a polluted Earth, and machines discovering life. And WALL-E romance with EVE affected humanity.

WALL-E is certainly better than Kung Fu Panda. Kung Fu Panda only took 130 million to make. Kung Fu Panda is certainly funnier, but comedy is not enough to define a good movie. Kung Fu Panda had a excellent storyline, but it is what it is, it was only meant to make children laugh and enjoy it. Kung Fu Panda is not of the universal. Young children will love the cuteness of WALL-E, and teens and adults will love the allegorical story.

Dreamworks may be funnier, but Pixar suceeds in mixed comedy with out-of-this world storylines. Storylines matter more than comedy.

If you think comedy defines how good a movie is, you are one of those inconsiderate people who give no damn toward the hard effort.

What use is an Annie Award to WALL-E? WALL-E is no animated movie, it's a romance made by animation. Saying that WALL-E is an animated movie is discriminating.

If WALL-E doesn't show up on the Best Picture category, I will never watch the Oscars again. Mark my words.

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