The folks over at The Hollywood Reporter ponder whether Big Hero 6, Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and The Lego Movie should be nominated for Best Production Design (which used to be named Best Art Direction).
According to THR:
Though no animated feature ever has been nominated for the best production design Oscar, there’s nothing in the rule book to prevent that from happening. Animation filmmakers argue it’s time that their production design teams get their due. After all, everything they create is built entirely from scratch.
While I appreciate the work done by these brilliant design teams, I have trouble supporting them in this category even though they create amazingly immersive worlds. The reason is they have an incredibly unfair advantage in the creation of sets because they have no limitations in animation while their peers have to build a a real world set operating under the laws of physics (like reigning champion, The Great Gatsby). Of course, the line blurs when a film like 2009 winner Avatar is essentially a cartoon with very little real world design. Avatar was beautiful but should it have beat out Sherlock Holmes or Young Victoria? It’s not like we can make Robert Downey, Jr fly or anything…
Eh. Maybe we should just say a cartoon has already won the award and give the statue this year to the Lego Movie? Take THAT Grand Budapest Hotel!