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  • Asgaroth
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    #137550

    Do you think it should have been nominated for more than just the music categories and have been included in Best Picture following Beauty and the Beast steps?

    I’ve always thought that had Beauty and the Beast never existed this would have made the cut, since many probably thought that year that it was too soon to let another animated movie be nominated for the big price and wanted to wait a little longer.

    The movie was the other movie phenomenon of 1994 along with Forrest Gump and has become an endless movie classic. It was well received by critics and the public. Everybody adored it. And had a very powerful and well-executed story, along with a truly marvelous opening and an epic ending.

    I think it should have been this instead of Four Weddings and a Funeral which didn’t quite garnered much love since it just earned only one other nomination in writing, and was probably propelled by the british block which clearly had it as their favorite.

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    Andrew Eng
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    Yes, The Lion King should’ve been nominated for Picture, along with the Sound categories and Supporting Actor (Jeremy Irons). Hell, you could throw in screenplay and even directing noms and they would’ve been deserved. 

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    Jason Travis
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    The Lion King was indeed one of the best films of the 90s, and I too think it should have been remembered in the Best Picture race. Like Beauty and the Beast, it also gnared 3 Best Song nominations plus Original Score and won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical. Winning for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (even though “Circle of Life” was far superior) and Zimmer’s haunting masterpiece, the film should have also been cited in categories of Best Picture, Screenplay, and Sound. 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I love Lion King even more today than I did when I was a kid. I would’ve easily given them nominations for Picture, Director, Sup. Actor (Jeremy Irons), Original Screenplay, Score, Song (“Circle of Life”, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, “Hakuna Matata”), Sound Editing, Production Design, and Visual Effects.

    I even think that Zimmer’s score is one of the absolute best scores in film history. 

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    Beau S.
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    It should have been the first animated film nominated for Best Picture.

    Irons should have been nominated. Zimmer’s score is terrific though my vote that year would have gone to Thomas Newman for The Shawshank Redemption.

    I would have given original song to Hakuna Matata.

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    #137556

    There must have been a lot of Kimba fans that pushed it down in the rankings.

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    mse
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    I think my avatar says it all.

    Lion King belonged to the Best Picture race that year, no question about it, and would’ve more than deserved nominations in other categories as well, most notably for its screenplay.

    And I also agree about Irons, he would’ve made a brilliant historical nominee as the first actor nominated for a voiceover work.

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    Jason Travis
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    James Earl Jones was amazing as Mufasa as well.

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    Yes it’s a great film, one of Disney’s best late-period animated films, and would have been a worthy BP nominee.

    My only complaint about the film is that it reflects Disney’s continuing obsession with glorifying and perpetuating hierarchal class systems. It is only a slight exaggeration to suggest that almost every main character in Disney movies seems to be a darling little princess or, like Simba, a darling little prince. Makes me wonder sometimes if Disney really isn’t a marketing division of the Windsors or something.

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    starfishgirl
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    i’ve always thought this was Hans Zimmer’s all time best score, actually.

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    Andrew Eng
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    Yeah, if Zimmer had to win only one Oscar, I’m glad it was for this. More than 20 years later, the score is just as powerful as when I first heard it as a kid. 

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    The Lion King deserved more noms than it got – but why oh why did it have to win for the worst song in the film?! Oscar voters always lazily went for the love song in Disney films, such as the title song of Beauty and the Beast over the far superior Be Our Guest, and A Whole New World over the Genie’s song in the cave (I forget the title). Circle of Life and Hakuna Matata were vastly more deserving than the cheesy Can You Feel the Love Tonight.

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    starfishgirl
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    Well, Under the Sea won for The Little Mermaid. But yeah, they mostly went for the love song- i actually like Can You Feel the Love Tonight, but Circle of Life should have won

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    Based on the movie versions Circle of Life should have won, a fantastic opening to the film.  But based on the singles which were on the radio and Elton John’s versions (I’m sure Academy voters were familiar with them in 1994-5), Can You Feel The Love Tonight was superior.  So I understand that choice.  I also would have endorsed a BP nomination. This is clearly one of the finest animated films to come from Disney, and deserves to be in the company of Beauty and the Beast.

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    Can You Feel the Love Tonight is a great song

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