The producers of Avatar are a little bit ticked.
Although "Avatar" has blasted through box office records and scored nine Academy Award nominations Tuesday, its producers are frustrated that the movie's actors were ignored by Oscar voters.
Zoe Saldana and James Worthington failed to earn nominations Tuesday for their motion-capture work in the sci-fi spectacular.
"People confuse what we have done with animation," director James Cameron said at the recent Producers Guild Awards, where he and fellow producer Jon Landau lost to "The Hurt Locker."
"It's nothing like animation. The creator here is the actor, not the unseen hand of an animator," he added.
The Oscars snub is "a disappointment," said Landau, "but I blame ourselves for not educating people in the right way."
See the subtext?
"Hey people! We're doing real movie-making here! Not that icky, animated stuff! This is big-time- live-action movie-making! Even if it's got all those computer nerds attached to it!"
Which explains clearly why Up, like Beauty and the Beast before it, will never win a Best Picture Oscar. In the eyes of live-action movie-makers, it just isn't the real deal. And never will be.
It's made by all those geeky people sitting in small, dark rooms, staring at bright, flat screens.