So, no "Best Picture" nomination for the little robot, but it picked up some other kudos:
While Ari Folman's animated documentary "Waltz With Bashir," a critical look at Israel's 1982 war with Lebanon, was eligible in both the animated and foreign-language film categories, it did not make the 'toon list, where the nominees are Disney's "Bolt," DreamWorks Animation's "Kung Fu Panda" and Pixar/Disney's "WALL-E."
"WALL-E" showed strength well beyond the animated category, though, earning six nominations, including one for its futuristic yet also humanistic original screenplay by Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon with an original story by Stanton and Pete Doctor.
Pixar, as it often does, also popped up in the best animated short film crowd, with a nom for Doug Sweetland's "Presto," a film about a magician and a pesky rabbit. The other animated short film nominees are Kunio Kato's "La Maison en Petits Cubes," Konstantin Bronzit's "Lavatory -- Lovestory," Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand's "Oktapodi" and Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes' "This Way Up."
No awards for guessing which studio takes the "Best Animated Feature" Oscar. If it isn't Wall-E in a tractor roll, I'll have to turn in my crystal ball.
But I'll be totally surprised if the picture picks up a "Best Screenplay" award. It would mean all those Academy members would have to vote for a non-WGA script, and I don't see that as likely. Now ... if the Academy voted for "Best Storyboarded film", then we'd have something.
(Last night I toyed with getting up at five o'clock to watch the nominations roll out on the teevee. Then I discarded the idea. I only like to be moderately insane.)
Add On: The nominees speak!
I was trying to get the results on the Internet when my dad called from the East Coast, he was watching it live. He's so excited. As I was talking to him his phone was ringing off the hook, so he had a busy morning. It's truly incredible and bizarre and an incredible honor. For me it's particularly great because I was nominated for my short ten years ago.
--Mark Osborne, animated feature, Kung Fu Panda
I'm through the moon, it's awesome. We got six nominations, the most ever for a Pixar movie. I have business in L.A. so I was in a hotel and got room service to wake me up. I knew John Lasseter was up because this was like a sporting event for him, so I've spoken to him. We knew we had a real good shot at best animated feature but the rest is an unknown. I was completely ecstatic about original screenplay. I worked incredibly hard at that. It's the craft I probably worked the hardest at, so that really meant a lot to me.
-- Andrew Stanton, animated feature, original screenplay, Wall-E
I'm very happy. I'm in Barcelona right now, and we were getting a guided tour of the beautiful concert hall, and my phone started buzzing. I couldn't answer because I didn't want to interrupt the tour. It's beyond anything Chris Williams and I have ever experienced. It's an amazing medium and I'm so proud to be a part of the (animation) industry. It's a small industry so when anyone does good work we all win.
-- Byron Howard, animated feature, Bolt
It's always a fun morning to wake up and get recognized. Peter (Gabriel) is a very respectful guy and within a matter of a day-and-a-half we had the form for a song. We had a several digital conversations. It was thrilling to work that way and an effective manner of collaboration.
--Thomas Newman, original song and original score, Wall-E