Pixar’s Andrew Stanton picked up his second career Best Animated Feature Oscar, this time for WALL-E, at the 81st Academy Awards. La Maison en Petits Cubes was named the Best Animated Short Film.
In accepting the award for WALL-E, Stanton thanked Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, and Steve Jobs for “creating a cinematic safe haven where only a film like WALL-E could be made”. He also added a special thanks to his high school drama teacher for casting him in the role of Barnaby in Hello, Dolly 28 years ago, saying “creative seeds are sown in the oddest of places”. WALL-E failed to pick up any of the other five awards it was up for.
Kunio Kato, accepting the award for the Japanese short La Maison en Petits Cubes, handed out several thanks before singling out his production company Robot Communications with “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto”!
Waltz with Bashir lost the Best Foreign Film award to Departures. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took home the Visual Effects prize. A full list of winners and associated content can be found on AMPAS’ official Oscars website.