The Oscars love Pixar’s brand of animated movies just as much as the rest of the world. After all, “Finding Dory” just became Pixar’s 17th consecutive film to cross the $100 million mark domestically. But do you know which ones were embraced by the film academy and which were cruelly snubbed? See photos above for the breakdown.
Pixar has been a dominant force in Hollywood since the original “Toy Story” bowed in 1995. The studio has released 16 more features over the past two decades, including last year’s Oscar champ “Inside Out.” The first three Pixar flicks (“Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2”) were released before the Oscars introduced the Best Animated Feature category in 2001. Even without this slam-dunk, this trio still netted a total of six Oscar nominations, with one win.
“Finding Dory,” Pixar’s long-awaited sequel to 2003’s “Finding Nemo,” opened June 17 to excellent reviews. Though they don’t quite match the raves for the original — 77 on MetaCritic and 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to respective scores of 90 and 99% for “Nemo” — they do suggest another potential Oscar-winner. After all, “Dory” has already outscored recent Best Animated Feature champs “Brave” (2012) and “Frozen” (2013) with critics.
“Nemo” won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and it also picked up three other nominations: Best Original Screenplay, Best Score (Thomas Newman) and Best Sound Editing. While it didn’t earn a Best Picture bid like “Up” (2009) and “Toy Story 3” (2010), “Nemo” was released years before the academy expanded the Best Picture race to include up to 10 nominees.