Here's a big flash of non-news from the L.A. Times:
Animated films have never had it easy when it comes to the Academy Awards ...
Here, for the first time anywhere, is a complete list of all of the primarily animated films that have been nominated for Oscars outside of the best animated short film and best animated feature film categories, from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" in 1937 through "WALL-E" and "Waltz With Bashir" in 2008. As you can see, these 54 films have collectively garnered only 106 such nominations over the 81 years of the Academy Awards, and have won just 22 of them (and only two since the creation of the best animated feature category).
Does this confirm the widely held view that the separate-but-equal best animated feature category was created out of a form of "genre bias" in order to segregate animated films from all others?
Like, this is a shock to anybody?
Animation has generally been treated like a leprous niece or nephew by mainstream Hollywood from the very beginning.
Cartoons are an embarassment for most "real" movie makers. For years, when animation was a small, semi-pathetic ghetto that made money for Disney and nobody else, it was ignored. Now that box office grosses for cartoon features outstrip 90% of the live-action variety and therefore can't be ignored, the Important Players -- those wonderful folks whose films don't make as much money but get all the good restaurant tables anyway -- have outfitted a brightly painted room down in the basement labeled "Animated Feature."
So now they can ignore animation with a totally clear conscience. Yippee.