CalArts animators rack up Golden Globes, Oscars nominationsBrianna Bricker January 28, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Graduates of CalArts’ animation programs have historically brought home awards and billions in revenue, and they’re continuing the trend of success in 2019 with three alumni-directed films nominated for both Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
At Sunday night’s Golden Globes, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won the top prize for best animated feature. Out of this year’s five Golden Globe nominees for feature animation, three —”Incredibles 2,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — were directed or co-directed by CalArts alumni.
“We were trying to make a movie that spoke to the idea that anyone can be behind the mask,” Peter Ramsey, one of the film’s directors in addition to CalArts alumnus Brad Bird, said during his Golden Globes acceptance speech. “We’re telling the story of Miles Morales, a kid from Brooklyn … African American … Puerto Rican. Anyone can be behind the mask. We’re counting on you.”
Aside from co-directing “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” Bird also wrote and directed “Incredibles 2.” Alumnus and first-time director Bob Persichetti co-directed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was directed by alumnus Rich Moore and Phil Johnston.
Former CalArts faculty member Andrew Chesworth was nominated for “One Small Step,” a film he directed with Bobby Pontillas, in the Short Animated Film category.
Colloquially known as the Oscars, the Academy Awards will take place in February, and the award ceremony’s category for best animation feature will mirror that of the Golden Globes. All three CalArts alumni-directed animated films that were nominated for Golden Globes are again up for consideration for Oscars.
Since the best animated feature category was introduced in 2001 at the Academy Awards, 11 of the winning films were directed by alumni of CalArts’ animation programs. The last six consecutive Animated Features Oscars went to CalArts alumni.
Founded by Walt Disney, CalArts is ranked number one among the Top 50 Animation Programs in the U.S. by Animation Career Review. According to CalArts, alumni of the school directed animated features that have generated more than $46 billion in returns since 1985. In 2016, the Motion Picture Association of America estimated that the U.S. and Canada box office for the year was about $11.4 billion — of which CalArts alumni-directed films comprised over 10 percent on average.
The Academy Awards will be broadcasted on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 5:00 p.m. by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC).