’Wall-E’ wins animated Oscar

HOLLYWOOD - Disney-Pixar’s charming tale about the last robot left on planet Earth and his quest for love, ”Wall-E,” won the Oscars best animated feature film prize here Sunday.

By (AFP)

Published: Mon 23 Feb 2009, 8:22 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:52 AM

The groundbreaking film pipped “Kung-Fu Panda” and “Bolt” for the prize, the fourth time Disney-Pixar have won the category since it was created in 2001.

Directed by Andrew Stanton, “Wall-E” tells the story of a robot whose job is to gather garbage left behind on Earth after humans abandon the planet.

The movie is widely considered to be a milestone in animated movie-making,winning praise for its stunning artwork depicting a desolate, rubbish-strewn Earth in the distant future.

The film is notable for being almost entirely free of dialogue during the opening 40 minutes, instead following the character of ”Wall-E” around as he methodically sorts out and stacks up garbage.

The silent movie-style opening was inspired by the films of Charlie Chaplin. The drama of the film revolves around the arrival on the planet of another robot, EVE, who captures WALL-E’s heart.

The following is a list of nominees and winners as they are announced at the 81st annual Academy Awards.

Amy Adams, "Doubt"
Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" WINNER
Viola Davis, "Doubt"
Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"

"La Maison en Petits Cubes" WINNER
"Lavatory -- Lovestory"
"This Way Up"

"Frozen River," written by Courtney Hunt
"Happy-Go-Lucky," written by Mike Leigh
"In Bruges," written by Martin McDonagh
"Milk," written by Dustin Lance Black WINNER
"WALL-E," screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon; original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," screenplay by Eric Roth, screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
"Doubt," written by John Patrick Shanley
"Frost/Nixon," screenplay by Peter Morgan
"The Reader," screenplay by David Hare
"Slumdog Millionaire," screenplay by Simon Beaufoy WINNER

"Kung Fu Panda"

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