Michael Polvani asks:
In your opinion and through your observations....why doesn't animation get the respect/recognition that live action gets across the board? ...
Because the vast majority of Academy voters are tied to the Live Action Village, and they tend to vote (as do many) in favor of fellow villagers.
It used to be worse, screenwriter/producer Niven Busch once told me in the heyday of the Studio System.
"Management expected you to vote for your studio's films. And if you didn't, you weren't a good studio employee ..."
There's probably less of that kind of bloc voting than there once was, but to the larger question of animation features getting "more respect?" don't hold your breath, Mike.
The only difference during my lifetime has been that animation now makes the conglomerates piles of money, to the point where some big live-action players (Spielberg, Jackson, Verbinkski) dabble in it.
This has meant that the genre formerly known as "cartoons" is now allowed to sit at the adults' table, but really. Animation getting more of those little gold men in the mainstream movie categories?
Won't be happening. Because 'toons are still, at the end of the awards' season, the bastard step-children of the movie industry.