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La Luna Makes Oscar Short List

Pixar La Luna Short Film Logo The Academy announced today the short list for consideration in the Best Animated Short category. Pixar's La Luna made the cut along with 9 other films:

  • Dimanche/Sunday — National Film Board of Canada
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore — Moonbot Studios
  • I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat — Warner Bros.
  • Luminaris — JPZtudio
  • Magic Piano — BreakThru Films
  • A Morning Stroll — Studio AKA
  • Paths of Hate — Platige Image
  • Specky Four-Eyes — Vivement Lundi!
  • Wild Life — National Film Board of Canada

The list will be pared down further still to 3–5 nominations which will be announced on the 24th of January along with nominations in all the other categories including Best Animated Feature for which Cars 2 is eligible.

Critics seem to be speaking pretty favorably about La Luna which will premier publicly next year with the release of Brave. It may be Pixar's best shot at a win this season.

John Lasseter First to Get Broccoli Award

John LasseterTonight John Lasseter will be the first recipient of the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment. Until now the award has been named the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment, and was renamed this year in honor of the legendary James Bond producer, Cubby Broccoli. Fittingly, John Lasseter directed Pixar's first spy movie, Cars 2, just this year. Lasseter joins Howard Stringer (Sony CEO), Kirk Douglas (Actor, Producer) and Ridley and Tony Scott (Directors) as recipients of the award.

The awards, hosted and presented by the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) take place tonight, but will be broadcast on the TV Guide Network on December 4th.

Utah UP House Bought by California Fans

UP replica house in Herriman, UtahThe Salt Lake Tribune reports that the UP replica house built in Herriman, Utah has been purchased by devout Pixar fans from California. Clinton and Lynette Hamblin were wanting to relocate their family to Utah anyway, and saw this as the perfect opportunity. When Lynette saw the retro sky-blue appliances in the kitchen, she was sold. The $400,000 price tag seemed like a steal compared to similar buys in California.

For Pixar fans who have yet to visit the UP house, it is still open to the public through December during daytime hours. And for those concerned with the integrity of the Pixar charm, the Hamblins have publicized their intent to keep it as is, with addition of their own furniture and Disney themed glass works collection.

It's comforting to know it will be left in good hands. Having had the chance to see it myself, I can attest to the care Bangerter Homes took to preserve the Pixar magic. They even hired actors to play Karl and Russell during the Salt Lake Parade of Homes, and handed out Grape Soda badges and balloons to visitors. The builder was also not hesitant to add that they are open to making the UP house plans available to more buyers, so your dreams of owning your own UP house are not lost forever.