Spirited Away Award Items

posted on 2003-02-10 02:19 EST
Voted 3rd favorite in online Oscar poll, Nominated for International Online Critics Association award, articles question Oscar chances and Disney support.

In an online poll by Animation Magazine, readers voted Spirited Away as the third favorite for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Lilo & Stitch came in first and second respectively. Although Spirit came first in this poll, it is generally not considered one of the strongest competitors for the actual award. The full poll results can be read here.

Meanwhile, Spirited Away has been nominated for four awards in the first Annual International Online Critics Awards (INOCA). The categories in which it is nominated are Best Animated Feature, Best Foreign Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score. The full list of nominations can be seen at, with the Two Towers leading the tally with 15 nominations.

Meanwhile, a New York Times article posted on Friday, discusses questions raised by many 'communities' about whether or not Disney is giving Spirited Away equal support for the Oscar. Stephen M. Alpert of Tokuma states, "What I hear from the folks at Disney is that they have three kids up for the same award. They want them all to win, and they are working them all equally. That's what they say, and I'm sure they mean it, but you know, when one of your kids is adopted, there's always that lingering doubt. But from what I've seen, in the trades, say, it almost looks like they put more money into 'Spirited Away.' " Also in the article, Oren Aviv, the president of marketing for Disney's distribution arm, Buena Vista Pictures, suggests indirectly that should Spirited Away be nominated, or even better, win the Oscar, that they will "re-evaluate" it's release (read: Delay the home video release and go for a wider theatrical release).

In related news, the website Counting Down has posted a column on the subject as well. Thanks goes to David Rasmussen for this link.

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