‘Toy Story 3’ smart Best Picture choice

Since “Toy Story” opened in 1995, Pixar has been on a seemingly unstoppable roll. Its 10 films grossed over $150 million each and got stellar reviews. Five of them won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but the studio still hasn’t claimed the top Academy Award. If any live-action studio had this kind of success, it would’ve won Best Picture more than once.

To be fair to the academy, the critics’ groups have rarely given their top honors to a Pixar film. The L.A. critics gave “WALL-E” their Best Picture prize in 2008 – that’s the notable exception. Many of the guilds do not permit animated movies to compete for their top awards, making it harder for Pixar to break through elsewhere. They are complicit in Oscar’s crime.

This year “Toy Story 3” is on the scene, and we’ll see if eleventh time will be the charm for Pixar. It is Pixar’s top grosser, earning more than $400 million, which is more than the gross for the last four winners of the Oscar for Best Picture combined. It has a 92 score on Metacritic. Over the past three years, Pixar flicks got five-plus nominations (spread over four academy branches), and “Up” broke into the Best Picture lineup last year. What better time to honor the Pixar cannon and where it all started – with “Toy Story”?

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