Who would have guessed that a collection of old toys could be dusted off, reused, and become one of the most nominated movies for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards? The ceremony takes place on Sunday, Feb. 27, and “Toy Story 3” is nominated in five different categories.
Among those categories, Woody and the gang have the best chance at winning three of them: Best Animated Feature, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Song. Analyzing each category showcases why the movie has a good chance of winning and adding to the trophies the first two films collected.
Best Animated Feature
The Best Animated Feature Academy Award did not begin until 2001, two years after the release of “Toy Story 2” and six after the release of “Toy Story,” the movie the award was practically made for.
The Best Picture nomination was a huge breakthrough for “Toy Story 3,” but too much competition from other films “The Social Network” and “Inception” leave the film to contend in its own category.
The two competing films are “How To Train Your Dragon” and “The Illusionist.” Pixar is a usual favorite in this category, giving an extra edge that the movie doesn’t need. The comedy, drama, and messages that “Toy Story 3” brings blend seamlessly together for a brilliant film.
Best Adapted Screenplay
The rich visuals of “Toy Story 3” only complement the incredible screenplay that Michael Arndt crafted along with story writers John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich put together.
Their biggest competition in this category is from Aaron Sorkin’s “The Social Network.” Sorkin took a huge advantage with his Golden Globe win, but more focus on “The Social Network” for Best Picture could help “Toy Story 3” ballots sneak in.
The three other nominees include “127 Hours,””True Grit” and “Winter’s Bone,” but they have have not received as much fanfare as “Toy Story 3” and “The Social Network.”
Best Original Song
The first “Toy Story” film was filled with original songs and music that led to a nomination for Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend In Me.” Newman returned to the third film for the original song “We Belong Together.” The song delivers the film’s message, has a touching story, and is indicative of the unique style Newman brings to the series of films.
Another Disney film, “Tangled,” also has a nominated song with “I See The Light,” but neither that nor any of the other nominees compare to Newman’s song. Along with the Best Animated Feature, this is the other most likely win for “Toy Story 3.”
The Academy Awards Database