30 Day Film Challenge: Day 24

Your Favorite Animated/Children’s Film

I genuinely despise most of those Disney princess films that every female my age seems to love. I can usually ignore the false expectations these movies establish for young girls. But my true dislike of Disney movies began when I was in college and girlswould belt out “Part of Your World” or any other song from the Disney catalogue without warning. It was torture.

That being said, I’m going with WALL-E, because he is the cutest damn robot you ever did see.

And because Brave doesn’t come out until next June.

Best of 2008: Los Angeles Film Crtics Association

Over on the west coast, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has revealed its picks for the best of 2008.

Surprisingly (or maybe not) Wall-E, everybody’s favorite futuristic robot, won Best Film and The Dark Knight was named the runner up. Is this going to improve their chances for Best Picture nominations?

Here are the rest of the winners and runner ups:

Picture: Wall-E
Runner-up: The Dark Knight

Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Runner-up: Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight

Actor: Sean Penn, Milk
Runner-up: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Actress: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Runner-up: Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Supporting actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Runner-up: Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky

Supporting actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Elegy
Runner-up: Viola Davis, Doubt

Screenplay: Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky
Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Foreign-language film: Still Life
Runner-up: The Class

Documentary: Man on Wire
Runner-up: Waltz With Bashir

Animation: Waltz With Bashir

Cinematography: Yu Lik Wai, Still Life
Runner-up: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

Production design: Mark Friedberg, Synecdoche, New York
Runner-up: Nathan Crowley, The Dark Knight

Music/score: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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.