Just in case you didn’t get up to see Thor announce this year’s Academy Award nominations—Inside Llewyn Davis wuz robbed!—here’s a cheat sheet to just the ones that nerds are interested in:
Best Animated Feature:
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises
While Frozen is a lock for this, it’s good to see Miyazaki get a nod with his supposed swan song. Hopefullre prepping for the MArch 2 ceremony won’t take time away from his work on his new manga.
Best Visual Effects:
The Hobbit: The Desolation
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness
While it’s hard to see how Gravity won’t win this, the fact that we will now say “Oscar-nominated The Long Ranger” still somehow makes me sad.
Best Short Film, Animated:
FERAL, Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
GET A HORSE!, Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
MR HUBLOT, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
POSSESSIONS, Shuhei Morita
ROOM ON THE BROOM, Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
As y u know, this is one of the “office pool tie breaker” categories, although increased scrutiny in the Internet era makes it easier to call. The Mickey Mouse short GET A HORSE! would see the front runner since it’s the only one people have heard of, but it wont’ be our official pick until we investigate further.
In friends-of-comics nominations, John Ridley, author of the HIGHLY UNDERRATED mini-series The AMerican WAy, was nominated forBest Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.