Exclusive Oscar Day Pics

24 02 2009
Oscar winner Kunio Kato poses with Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway.
Oscar winner Kunio Kato poses with Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway.

For Kunio Kato, the Oscars were a whirlwind experience. Here are some exclusive pics from his big night.

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Animated Shorts Celebration At DreamWorks

24 02 2009

Me on the left with This Way Up director Alan Smith.
Me on the left with This Way Up director Alan Smith.

written by Rick Farmiloe

I was lucky enough to be included in part of the Oscar Showcase tour this year. Every year the nominees for animated short films are given a tour and luncheon at some of the animation studios here in the Los Angeles area.  The organizer of these celebrations, Ron Diamond, invited me to join them at DreamWorks on the last day of the tour.  Ron and I are on the Executive Committee of the Short Films/Animation Branch of the Academy, and see scores of animated shorts every year.  There is always a wide range of styles and ideas presented in various mediums.  It’s always interesting to see which ones will make the final cut for the Oscar nominations. This year the field was exceptionally strong, with every film being quite unique and different from the rest.  Meeting the filmmakers and hearing about their thought process and methods of getting it on the screen was extremely interesting and inspiring.

Everyone gathered outside the Campanile Building where the theater is located.  There would be a screening for the DreamWorks staff, then a question and answer period with the filmmakers afterwards.  It was fun to meet the filmmakers beforehand and mingle around a bit. The director of PRESTO, Doug Sweetland, could not attend this day, unfortunately. This was the last of the tour stops, so they were very friendly with each other by this point. There seemed to be a common bond, regardless of language or background.  They were joined together by a love and passion for filmmaking and animation.  There was absolutely no competitive vibe among them.  They were just all together as filmmakers, celebrating the animated art form.  Jeffrey Katzenberg showed, and greeted everyone very warmly, making everyone associated with this tour feel extremely welcome.  Jeffrey is one of animation’s biggest fans and supporters.

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Oscar Showcase 09 DreamWorks Brunch/Chocolate Foscas Photo Gallery

24 02 2009

Every year the day before the big event offers two annual events that allow the nominees to take a chance to relax with fellow members of the animation community. Check out this year’s pics.

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Oscar Showcase 09 DreamWorks Photo Gallery

24 02 2009
Oktapodi director Olivier Delabarre (r) meets DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Oktapodi director Olivier Delabarre (r) meets DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg.

The last stop on the 2009 Oscar Showcase tour was DreamWorks. View the day in photos.

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Oscar Showcase 09 Acme/AWN Party Photo Gallery

24 02 2009
Olivier Delabarre (c) enjoys a piece of cake with fellow Oktapodi directors Francois-Xavier Chanioux (r) and Thierry Marchand.
Olivier Delabarre (c) enjoys a piece of cake with fellow Oktapodi directors Francois-Xavier Chanioux (r) and Thierry Marchand.

Each year Acme Filmworks and AWN host a party, bringing the animation community together to meet the nominees. This year it was an intimate affair at tour host Ron Diamond’s home. Check out the festivities.

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Oscar Showcase Tour 09 Sony Gallery

24 02 2009
A group shot in front of the doors of Sony.
A group shot in front of the doors of Sony.

Sony was the second stop on the L.A. leg of the Oscar Showcase tour this year. See the day in pics.

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Oscar Showcase Tour 09 Academy Screenings Gallery

24 02 2009
This Way Up's producer Charlotte Bavasso, writer/producer Chris O’Reilly, director Adam Foulkes, and director Alan Smith.
This Way Up's producer Charlotte Bavasso, writer/producer Chris O’Reilly, director Adam Foulkes, and director Alan Smith.

One of the highlights of the tour is always the public screening at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. This year the Academy not only hosted a night highlighting the shorts, but also the animated features. Check out the pics for both events.

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Oscar Showcase Tour 09 Disney Gallery

24 02 2009
The Oktapodi crew poses for a pic with their fan, legendary animator Eric Goldberg.
The Oktapodi crew poses for a pic with their fan, legendary animator Eric Goldberg.

The tour’s stop at Disney has an exciting day. This gallery shares some of the highlights.

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Oscar Showcase Tour 09 ILM Gallery

24 02 2009
Boba Fett and Darth Vader join the filmmakers in the ILM lobby for a photo op.
Boba Fett and Darth Vader join the filmmakers in the ILM lobby for a photo op.

ILM had a photographer follow the Oscar tour around their facilities and we’d like to share some of the great pics.

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Oscar Showcase Tour 09 PDI/DreamWorks Gallery

24 02 2009
The tour members are welcomed to PDI by Eric Darnell and Gail Curry and some champagne.
The tour members are welcomed to PDI by Eric Darnell and Gail Curry and some champagne.

Check a few shots from the stop at PDI/DreamWorks in Northern California.

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