CONTRIBUTED BY JAKE THOMPSON
Animated films have been with us for so many decades, and yet the Academy only created an official category for them just over a decade ago (it’s especially odd considering how many decades the Best Animated Short category has been around). I remember when it was first created; there was a lot of talk that we’d never see an animated film get a Best Picture nod ever again (1991’s Beauty and the Beast was the first and only animated film to do so). Despite the presence of this category, 2009’s Up and 2010’s Toy Story 3 still received Best Picture nods. As for the major snubs, even I was surprised when I actually managed to find some.
One major snub is 2001’s Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of the “Final Fantasy” video games, directed this groundbreaking animated film (the first photorealistic computer…
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