Beauty and the Beast became the 1st animated film to score a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars in 1992. Up and Toy Story 3 have followed suit in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
If only 1 other film could be retroactively nominated for Best Picture, what SHOULD it be…in your opinion?
I included Toy Story 2 and not Toy Story 1 because the sequel not only reintroduced the elements of the original film that we loved, but opened the story up to be an exciting action-adventure. Also, the film was done under a very tight schedule after the original script draft (not done with John Lasseter over-seeing it) was shown to be a disaster waiting to happen!
Fine, you win. I included WALL*E and booted out my personal nostalgic classic (a classic that deserved to be nominated, but not when you compare it to Bambi)
Even though my personal favorites are The Jungle Book and Toy Story (and am also surprised that The Lion King, a more successful box office hit than Best Picture nominee Beauty and the Beast was unable to follow suit), it really is a shame that the animated film that started it all, beloved by audiences and critics, and far surpassing expectations without compromising his vision was Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I am quite certain that had the film not been rushed into theatres just before the end of December 1937, it would have been a Best Picture nominee in 1938 (especially during a time when there were still 10 BP nominees), and call me crazy, could have potentially given You Can’t Take It with You a run for its money for the win. I think the buzz for Snow White came too late in 1937, and was ineligible the following year, which is why they awarded Disney an Honorary Oscar.
Good gawd! How am I suppose to pick just one of the above? Masterpieces….I’ll vote for Snow White, since it’s one of the first of its kind.