Congratulations to the 2012 Walt Disney Studios Oscar Winners

Here at “Adventures by Daddy” we cover the Walt Disney Studios releases because of the joy our family gets watching the films together as a family, and also seeing how these new worlds and characters are brought to life in the Disney theme parks.  In addition to the popcorn/escapist value of the Disney films, they are oftentimes recognized as some of the best of the year.  Going into last night’s 85th Academy Awards ceremony, Walt Disney Studios’ films had earned 17 total nominations.  Lincoln was the most nominated film of the year receiving 12 Oscar nominations including Best Picture.  While Argo ultimately earned the Best Picture Oscar over Lincoln, it certainly doesn’t diminish the film’s accomplishment.  Each of Disney’s 2012 animated offerings, Brave, Frankenweenie, and Wreck-It Ralph, also received Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature and Paperman was recognized as Best Animated Short Film.  Perhaps we’re moving into a new golden era for Walt Disney Studios.  Let’s take a look, and congratulate the Disney Oscar winners below.


Daniel Day-Lewis stars as President Abraham Lincoln. Photo by David James ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

LINCOLN (DreamWorks/Touchstone)

We are absolutely thrilled and astonished with the 12 nominations.  It is such a tribute to the work of those who joined us in this 12-year journey to bring ‘Lincoln’ to the screen.  We humbly thank the Academy members who honored so many of us.

Steven Spielberg (Director/Producer) and Kathleen Kennedy (Producer)

Lincoln ultimately only won two Oscars from its 12 nominations.  It was no surprise Daniel Day-Lewis’ uncanny portrayal of America’s most beloved President would earn him his third Best Actor Oscar win.  In doing so, Daniel Day-Lewis became the first person to ever win best performance by an actor in a leading role three times.


Daniel Day-Lewis stars as President Abraham Lincoln in this scene from director Steven Spielberg's drama "Lincoln" from DreamWorks Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox. ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.


The second Oscar for Lincoln went to Rick Carter and Jim Erickson for Best Production Design recognizing the rich attention to detail recreating the Civil War era for the film.


President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis, far right) meets with his Cabinet to discuss the planned attack on Fort Fisher in this scene from "Lincoln." ©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.


I give credit to Disney, DreamWorks, and director Steven Spielberg for producing this film.  While it may not have won Best Picture, it certainly is a film that will stand the test of time.  I foresee children watching this movie in schools to learn about the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the abolition of slavery in America.  In fact, Walt Disney Studios recently announced that a copy of the Lincoln DVD will be sent to schools across the country.  Kudos Disney, continue making more like this one.

Best Animated Feature Film: BRAVE


Pixar and Best Animated Feature Film go hand in hand, right?  Pixar Studios had won the Best Animated Feature Oscar 6 times since the category was created in 2001, and only lost once when a Pixar film was nominated for the category (Cars, 2006).  Therefore, it was a shoe-in that Brave would win, correct?  Not so fast… the conventional wisdom going into Oscar night was Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Wreck-It Ralph would be the film where Disney Animation would finally top Pixar’s offering.  However, it was not meant to be, and Pixar claimed its 7th Best Animated Feature Film Oscar for Brave.


"BRAVE" (Pictured) Merida © 2012 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


Co-directors Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman drew from their own family, Scottish heritage, and love of Scotland to create a unique spin on a Princess tale.  It was Brenda Chapman’s daughter Emma who inspired the film.  Mark Andrews elaborated,

‘Brave’ has been an adventure from the beginning – starting with our research trips to Scotland, the crew embarked upon a journey that inspired us all and forever changed our fates.  Thanks to the Academy from all of us here at Pixar.

World Premiere Of Disney Pixar's "Brave" - Red Carpet

Director Mark Andrews, photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images


Whether you think Brave or Wreck-It Ralph should have won the Oscar, both were certainly worthy films, and it is wonderful to see such high-quality animation coming out of the Walt Disney Studios.

Best Animated Short Film: PAPERMAN (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

While the Walt Disney Animation Studios may not have taken home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, they certainly did not go home empty-handed.  The short released along with Wreck-It Ralph took home the prize for Best Animated Short Film.  Paperman was a beautiful love story set in New York City that used an innovative combination of hand-drawn and computer generated animation to create a memorable tale.


Is It Destiny? ©2012 Disney. All Rights Reserved.


When director John Kahrs was nominated for the Oscar, he said

It’s beyond an honor to have ‘Paperman’ nominated for an Oscar.  I can’t thank everyone on the team enough for their passion and hard work in making this dream project a reality.

Paperman was a touching film that created a level of empathy in a short period of time that some films do not achieve in two hours.  Bravo!

Congratulations again to the 2012 Walt Disney Studios Oscar winners, and we look forward to the 2013 Disney releases.  What did you think of the Academy Awards?  Were you surprised by the winners?  Did you think there were any snubs?  Please leave a comment below with your thoughts.  For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.