On Sunday’s episode of “The Simpsons,” Bart’s animated short “Angry Dad” ended up contending at the Oscars. This allowed the show to focus its savage satire on Hollywood’s awards season. And the creators of “The Simpsons” were able to skewer animation techniques when crafting the other Academy Awards nominees: perennial winner Pixar’s use of CGI, claymation in the style of “Wallace and Gromit,” the simplicity of “The Illusionist,” the starkness of “Persepolis.”
As Bart made his way around the kudos track, he encountered Ricky Gervais who mocked his recent gig as Golden Globes emcee as he spouted off next to a picture of himself that warned: “Do Not Allow This Man To Host.” Another British bad boy, Russell Brand, presented Bart with the Golden Globe for his fim, but Homer hogged the spotlight. And Oscar champ Halle Berry gave voice to her cartoon self, clad in the same gown as when she won the Best Actress prize in 2001 for “Monster’s Ball,” to present the animated Oscar.
Over its first 21 years, “The Simpsons” has won 27 Emmys: 14 for voice-over, 10 for top animated program under one hour, two for top song and one for individual animation. It won that newly-created category last year while Anne Hathaway, co-host of this Sunday’s Oscars, prevailed in the voice-over race for her her one-time appearance on “The Simpsons.”
At the height of the show’s popularity, the producers opted out of the animated Emmy race, which it had won twice, and tried their luck at nabbing a nod for comedy series. However, unlike that modern stone age family, “The Flintstones,” which contended for best comedy series in 1961, “The Simpsons” could not break into the big leagues. Following two failed attempts to land a comedy series nods in 1993 and 1994, the show went back to reign supreme among animated programs, winning eight more of those races.