Yesterday the Academy released the Oscar nominations, giving Disney only two nominations for their own productions, but thirteen total including their distributed films.
Disney's only real nomination this year was for the incredible song from the Muppets Bret McKenzie’s “Man or Muppet.” The song features Jason Segel, his Muppet persona, his Muppet brother Walter, and a human version of Walter, played in a cameo appearance by Jim Parsons, made famous by his leading role in “Big Bang Theory”. This year their is only one other song in the category “Real in Rio” from “Rio.” Everyone on the web, Disney, and the creators behind the Muppet movie are all hoping for a surprise performance by the Muppets during the Oscars.
The reason I said that the only true nomination for Disney was for the song was because the second nomination is for a short film that hasn't even been released to the general public. Disney's second nomination is for La Luna witch is to be released in front of Pixar's Brave.
Even though Pixar did receive a nomination they are lacking a nomination for their film Cars 2. This is the first Pixar film to not receive an Oscar nomination. I was shocked when I heard the news that it hadn't received a nomination I was even more shocked when I saw the other nominations. The animated movies nominated for the category include “Rango” “A Cat in Paris,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Puss in Boots,” and a Disney-distributed film called “Chico & Rita.” I didn't see any of these movies, and some I hadn't even heard of.
Disney's other nominations are all from the DreamWorks films they distributed: “The Help” (Best Picture, Leading Actress for Viola Davis, Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer, and Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain), “War Horse” (Best Picture, Cinematography for Janusz Kaminski, Art Direction for Rick Carter and Lee Sandales, Music – Original Score for John Williams, Sound Editing for Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom, and Sound Mixing for Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Stuart Wilson) and “Real Steel” (Visual Effects for Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor, Swen Gilberg).