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86th Annual Academy Awards Nominates CalArts Alum For 'Frozen'

The 86th Annual Academy Awards nominated three movies filmed in Santa Clarita and California Institute of the Arts alumnus Chris Buck for Best Animated Film, Thursday.

  Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck directed Disney Animation's 'Frozen,' which earned a Golden Globe on Sunday night.

Buck, co-director Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho were nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category for “Frozen.” Buck was previously nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, “Surf’s Up,” in 2007.


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“Frozen” won the Best Animated Feature award at the 71st Golden Globes on Jan. 12. Buck and Lee can be seen with their Golden Globe in the picture on the right.

Related: "Frozen" wins Golden Globe

When Buck was interviewed about the win backstage, he gave special thanks to Disney/Pixar’s President and former CalArts trustee Ed Catmull and CalArts alum John Lasseter, chief creative officer, according the 24700, CalArts blog.  

“It is John Lasseter and Ed Catmull from Pixar that came down to Disney, bringing that same structure and environment to Disney animation. It really is a collaborative effort. John is the first one to say, ‘Best idea in the room wins.’ So we help each other out. The directors help each other out, the writers, story artists, everybody does. It is such a healthy environment there…and I think that’s showing in the films.”

Buck also taught at CalArts from 1988-93.

Other nominees for Best Animated Feature Film include "The Croods," "Despicable Me 2," "Ernest & Celestine," and "The Wind Rises."

The movies “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Lone Ranger,” and “Iron Man 3” were also nominated, and all filmed in-part in Santa Clarita, said Jason Crawford, business development director for Santa Clarita.

Crawford said scene’s of Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) office and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) home from “Saving Mr. Banks” were filmed at the Avenue Scott Stages. Mr. Banks was nominated for best original music score.

Parts of “Lone Ranger” was filmed at Polsa Rosa Movie Ranch, and is nominated for visual effects and makeup and hairstyling.

Crawford added that parts of all “Iron Man” movies were filmed in Santa Clarita. “Iron Man 3” is also nominated for visual effects.

“We are of course thrilled movies filmed here are being recognized and can’t wait to see what happens,” Crawford said.


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86th Annual Academy Awards nominees:

Best Picture: "American Hustle," ''Captain Phillips," ''Dallas Buyers Club," ''Gravity," ''Her," ''Nebraska," ''Philomena," ''12 Years a Slave," ''The Wolf of Wall Street."

Actor: Christian Bale, "American Hustle"; Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"; Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"; Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"; Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club."

Actress: Amy Adams, "American Hustle"; Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"; Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"; Judi Dench, "Philomena"; Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County."

Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"; Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"; Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"; Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"; Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club."

Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine'''; Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"; Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"; Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"; June Squibb, "Nebraska."

Directing: David O. Russell, "American Hustle"; Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"; Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"; Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"; Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Foreign Language Film: "The Broken Circle Breakdown," Belgium; "The Great Beauty," Italy; "The Hunt," Denmark; "The Missing Picture," Cambodia; "Omar," Palestine.

Adapted Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, "Before Midnight"; Billy Ray, "Captain Phillips"; Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, "Philomena"; John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave"; Terence Winter, "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Original Screenplay: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, "American Hustle"; Woody Allen, "Blue Jasmine"; Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack, "Dallas Buyers Club"; Spike Jonze, "Her"; Bob Nelson, "Nebraska."

Production Design: "American Hustle," ''Gravity," ''The Great Gatsby," ''Her," ''12 Years a Slave."

Cinematography: "The Grandmaster," ''Gravity," ''Inside Llewyn Davis," ''Nebraska," ''Prisoners."

Sound Mixing: "Captain Phillips," ''Gravity," ''The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," ''Inside Llewyn Davis," ''Lone Survivor."

Sound Editing: "All Is Lost," ''Captain Phillips," ''Gravity," ''The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," ''Lone Survivor."

Original Score: "The Book Thief," John Williams; "Gravity," Steven Price; "Her," William Butler and Owen Pallett; "Philomena," Alexandre Desplat; "Saving Mr. Banks," Thomas Newman.

Original Song: "Alone Yet Not Alone" from "Alone Yet Not Alone," Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel; "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," Pharrell Williams; "Let It Go" from "Frozen," Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez; "The Moon Song" from "Her," Karen O and Spike Jonze; "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen.

Costume: "American Hustle," ''The Grandmaster," ''The Great Gatsby," ''The Invisible Woman," ''12 Years a Slave."

Documentary Feature: "The Act of Killing," ''Cutie and the Boxer," ''Dirty Wars," ''The Square," ''20 Feet from Stardom."

Documentary (short subject): "CaveDigger," ''Facing Fear," ''Karama Has No Walls," ''The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," ''Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall."

86th Annual Academy Awards Nominates CalArts Alum For 'Frozen'


Article: 86th Annual Academy Awards Nominates CalArts Alum For 'Frozen'
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Ashley Soley-Cerro