WALL-E for Best Picture?

Upon its release in June, audiences and critics fell in love with WALL-E, the story an adorable post-apocalyptic robot who saves the world. It has quickly become a box office hit and been celebrated as one of the best reviews movies of the year. So, the question now is: Is WALL-E good enough to be the 2009 Best Picture?

This Time Magazine article attempts to answer this very question:

WALL-E, Pixar’s lonely little post-apocalyptic robot, is quickly collecting a lot of friends. Critics have applauded the animated film all the way to a 97% Fresh rating on the movie-review website Rotten Tomatoes — the year’s best so far. Audiences have spent $128 million at the box office in WALL-E‘s first 10 days of release, placing the film seventh so far in 2008, and it is likely to climb closer to the heroes of May — Indiana Jones and Iron Man — as glowing word-of-mouth continues to drive ticket sales. Even though most of Hollywood’s Oscar contenders have yet to hit theaters, all that critical and commercial affection is leading awards watchers to ponder: Could WALL-E finally be The One?

No animated feature has done it; the only film nominated in the category was Beauty and the Beast in 1994. But then again no other animated film is quite like WALL-E. It it a poignant examination of American culture and a reminder of how one day what we know to be real will be history to someone else. WALL-E is a great movie. But as long as the animated feature category exists, no animated film will ever win best picture. Then again, anything is possible.

Quotable Best Pictures

I love or really like every Best Picture nominee this year. Seriously. Each film has so many memorable moments that I’m having the hardest time picking a favorite! While I figure this out by Sunday, here are some of my favorite quotes from the Best Picture nominees.

I love you. I’ll wait for you. Come back. Come back to me.

Vanessa: Your parents are probably wondering where you are.

Juno: Nah… I mean, I’m already pregnant,
so what other kind of shenanigans could I get into?

What’s the most you ever lost on a coin toss?

I’ve abandoned my child! I’ve abandoned my child! I’ve abandoned my boy!

Do I look like I’m negotiating?

Best Picture Contenders

With only 88 days until the Academy Awards, it is time to start thinking about the possible nominees.

Here are 2007 Best Picture early contenders according to Entertainment Weekly. [SOURCE]
Definites:
Babel
Dreamgirls

Maybes:

Flags of our Fathers


The Good Shepard
Little Children
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

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And what do I think?

The Departed and Dreamgirls will without a doubt be nominated. I can’t see why not.

I’m on the fence about Babel. But as of right now, there is no other movie that can fill it’s spot.

Flags of Our Fathers is a big NO! No shot. Guarantee it.

I have yet to see Little Children so I’m not sure where I stand on that.

The Good Shepard has yet to be released (December 22).

I wouldn’t be surprised if The Queen was nominated.

Little Miss Sunshine is the one movie that is going to go far at this year’s Academy Awards and surprise everyone. I’m willing to put money on it.

My Predictions:

Little Miss Sunshine

The Departed

The Queen

Dreamgirls

Babel