[NOTE: You don't have to both read the article AND watch the video if you don't want to. I suggest you do though, as both help you understand why I believe Big Hero 6 will win an Oscar. But like I said, you don't have to do both if you don't want :).
Hey what's up my faithful readers! It's awards season, and you know what that means! MOVIES MOVIES MOVIES!
Yes, everyone and their grandmother will be talking about movies! Specifically, the movies being nominated for the prestigious Oscar award! Which film will win? In which category? Will there ever be another film that dominates the awards scene like The Grand Budapest Hotel?! These are just some of the many buzzing questions you'll hear constantly throughout awards season!
I myself, being a self-acclaimed (and self-absorbed) critic and movie-viewing aficionado am super excited for this years Oscars. Why? Well besides the obvious reason pertaining to the awesomeness levels of Neil Patrick Harris, I simply love the line-up this year!
Sure, a ton of great, Oscar-worthy films got snubbed or under-appreciated this year; but the films being nominated for an Oscar, for any category, are pretty impressive. There's a movie for everyone to enjoy!
And I know many of my fellow critics and reviewers will be watching these films and voting for what they like best. Most of them will vote for Boyhood, or The Grand Budapest Hotel, or American Sniper; you know, the top-tier cinema golden children.
But as much as I love those films, and I'll surely vote for them as well, I feel my most important vote edging a little more towards the animated market of Oscar-worthy films. I'm a kid at heart, and for legal purposes I'm still technically a kid (17 is mature alright?! Now where's my Capri Sun?), so of course I still like animated films. But I can honestly see myself watching a Pixar movie by myself at the age of 30 and so on! Animated films just bring out the child-like emotions in all of us! So I'm definitely going to be voting for what I think is the one of the most well-done animated films of this generation.
Big Hero 6! Now wait a second before you close this tab and go on to YouTube or Facebook or whatever brand of social media you want to use to ignore me, you knew what this was about! You read the title of the article after all! You probably watched the video! But you're probably still wondering why I chose Big Hero 6 over some other great Oscar films. Well, like I said, I'm still going to be voting for the others, but as for the categories like 'Animated Feature Film', BH6 has got my vote.
But even still, you might be asking why I'd choose this film over obvious top contenders like the phenomenal How To Train Your Dragon 2 or the creatively animated film, The Boxtrolls. Well, keep on reading and I'll tell you exactly why Big Hero 6 should and will take home an Oscar!
Reason #1: Superhero Films Hardly Ever Get Nominated For Best Feature.
Superhero movies have come a long way! Ever since Marvel set the bar way high with its universe of awesome super-characters, everyone has been trying to add a little super to their film! Unfortunately, actual comic book based superhero films are still being left in the dust when it comes to awards. Oh sure, films like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have done pretty well in the Teens, Kids and Peoples Choice Awards, but when it comes to the Academy, the superhero genre has only gotten love for two things; its stunning visual effects and its rocking songs!
Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and X-Men: Days of Future Past are all prime examples of this, with all three being nominated for 'Visual Effects' and only GotG getting one extra award for 'Makeup and Hairstyling'! All three of these films are great, but for whatever reason, they've been subjected to the superhero film curse of being stepped on during the Oscars.
Big Hero 6 is being nominated for Best Animated Feature, a category I honestly did not expect it to be put under, simply because of the aforementioned super-curse. And I know what some of you are saying, "Yeah, but it's not a comic book based film though." Well actually, it kind of is. I'll give you some more info on that in the next reason.
Reason Numero Dos (<- Number 2): It Proved That We're Not All Just Marvel Or DC Fanboys!
So I like to consider myself a pretty learned comic historian. I can tell you details about Deadpool and the Joker (among others) that'll blow your mind, and I can tell you all the reasons that Juggernaut isn't actually a mutant. But even I don't know every single piece of comic lore out there! So I was very intrigued when I discovered that Big Hero 6 is actually based on a Marvel owned comic book.
Big Hero 6 started off as a comic book in 1998 (the year I was born? How did I not know this sooner?!) and sort of disappeared for quite some time. Then, Disney puts it back in the spotlight with the movie! Thing is, I'm pretty sure a ton of people didn't know it was in the spotlight to begin with. It wasn't apparent at all that it was a Marvel film. Neither Disney nor Marvel promoted it as one, and the infamous Marvel logo didn't even appear before the film! This was done to make it clear that this film was not part of the MCU and that Disney had big creative control over how these films would go. The film not only served that purpose, but also a much better one.
It proved that we weren't all completely biased towards Marvel or DC. Big Hero 6 is one of the biggest superhero movies of the year and became an instant success, despite no one knowing much about it and the trailers making it look a bit like a How To Train Your Dragon ripoff (How To Program Your Robot?). It showed that it's the idea of superhero films that spark our interest, not just the logo. Of course, some people have a personal preference, and that's okay. Still, it was nice to see that we could all go see a superhero movie without generally knowing whether or not it's owned by Marvel. By the way, if you did know that Big Hero 6 was a Marvel owned comic series, then you sir or madam, get a cookie with the most chocolaty of chips.
Reason #3: It's A Symbol Of The Future Of Animation!
What's the first thing you noticed when you were watching Big Hero 6? Exactly, Walt Disney has continued the dark and depressing tradition of having only one parental figure in the main characters life, started by their founder and namesake! (This time, they got rid of the mother, the father AND the uncle! No one escapes the metaphorical hunting blunderbuss of Mickey "Savage" Mouse!)
Ok, now what's the second thing you noticed? Right! That the visuals were spot on! Honestly, I'm surprised that Big Hero 6 didn't get nominated for 'Visual Effects'. I mean I understand, all of the nominees in that category are live-action films, and as an animated film, BH6 is already expected to look visually satisfying. But my goodness, this movie was beautiful! It's gorgeous! I might even be daring enough to say it's downright purty!
Walt Disney Animation Studios cared so much about making this film look prepossessingly ravishing (I know prepossessingly isn't actually a word, but think whimsically for a second) that they actually created new software technology just to produce the animated visuals in this movie!
Its animation prowess far surpasses How To and any other competition. The Academy needs to take these stunning visuals into account when they make a decision!
Reason Hashtag 4: The Popularity!
Look, I'll say it, some of you may not like it but I'm saying it anyway. The Oscars are not how they used to be. No awards shows are. It used to be that the judges would take a long and careful look at the nominees, and movies you've probably never even heard of could get nominated for 'Best Picture'. Nowadays, it's almost all about popularity. The way awards are given out went from a serious and complex election, where they would look at the most suitable selection, to a class president election that looks at who brought snacks for the voters. Let me put in film terms. It's like if the president was decided by the girls from Mean Girls.
Big Hero 6 is insanely popular. Like, more popular than Frozen, and we're still singing 'Let It Go' after two years (ironically, we haven't let it go)! Seriously, I see BH6 everywhere I go! The theater, Walmart, the toy store, I can't even have a nice relaxing cup of hot cocoa with some marshmallows without seeing Baymax!
Now I'm not saying that The Academy chooses a movie strictly based on its popularity, but it's definitely become more of a deciding factor. I'm also not insinuating that the only reason I think Big Hero 6 will win is because of its popularity (didn't you see the other reasons?), but again, The Academy will be looking at this.
And if you look at it, Big Hero 6's popularity matches that of Frozen's; in that know one expected it at all. Big Hero 6 was a widely unknown property, and underdog. It was a new idea in the middle of cliched but working ones. Yet it made it's way out of the pit and, little known fact, out of the fabled "development hell" and made Disney (and I suppose, Marvel) a ton of moolah. Estimated to be exactly one "crap-load".
This topped with the other reasons is why I think Big Hero 6 is taking home that 'Best Animated Feature' award!
Reason Numbah 5: Baymax
Would you vote against that guy? He's adorably awesome. C'mon, no one's that heartless!
Welp, there you have it, my reasons for why Big Hero 6 deserves to bring home an Oscar for their brand new shelf! Do you agree with me? If so, or if not, vote in the poll below. And since tis the season to be choosy, tell me who you think should win an Oscar (doesn't matter the category)!
Looking forward to hearing your choice! And thanks for reading peeps! Oscars are this weekend so get ready for tons of cool nominations and NPH awesomeness!