Pixar’s ‘Coco’ and ‘LOU’ Honored with a Total of Three Academy Award Nominations

Pixar Animation Studios honored with three Academy Award nominations for Coco and Lou: Best Animated Feature, Original Song and Animated Short Film.
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As the sun began to rise, so did the anticipation of who would receive the coveted Academy Award nominations. The Livestream of the 90th Academy Award nominations was held approximately at 5:22 am PST with Pixar Animation Studios being honored in three different categories – CocoBest Animated Feature and Best Original SongLOUBest Animated Short.

We were hoping the Coco team would be honored with nominations for Original Screenplay and Original Score as we believe they would have been very well deserved. In the past, Pixar Animation Studios have received a total of seven Academy Award nominations for Original Screenplay and Original Score – for a complete Academy Award history, see below.

Outside of the recent nominations, we were also thrilled to learn that Pixar will be honored with a Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award.

Ray Feeney, Academy Award recipient and chair of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee noted, “This year we are happy to honor a very international group of technologists for their innovative and outstanding accomplishments. These individuals have significantly contributed to the ongoing evolution of motion pictures, and their efforts continue to empower the creativity of our industry.” 

The team (listed below) is receiving the Academy Award for their work on Pixar’s in-house animation system named, Presto. Presto allows artists to work interactively in scene context with full-resolution geometric models and sophisticated rig controls and has significantly increased the productivity of character animators at Pixar.

The award will go to – Rob Jensen for the foundational design and continued development, to Thomas Hahn for the animation toolset, and to George ElKoura, Adam Woodbury, and Dirk Van Gelder for the high-performance execution engine of the Presto Animation System at Pixar Animation Studios.

History of Pixar Wins & Nominations at the Academy Awards


Toy Story• Original Score: Randy Newman – Nominated 
• Original Song: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” – Nominated 
• Original Screenplay – Nominated
Special Achievement Award: John Lasseter – Won
A Bug’s Life• Original Score: Randy Newman – Nominated 
Toy Story 2• Original Song: “When She Loved Me” – Nominated 
Monsters, Inc.• Animated Feature Film – Nominated (Shrek, Won) 
• Original Score: Randy Newman – Nominated 
Original Song: “If I Didn’t Have You” – Won
• Sound Editing – Nominated
Finding NemoAnimated Feature Film: Andrew Stanton – Won 
• Original Score: Thomas Newman – Nominated 
• Sound Editing – Nominated 
• Original Screenplay – Nominated 
The IncrediblesAnimated Feature Film: Brad Bird – Won 
Sound Editing: Michael Silvers & Randy Thom – Won 
• Sound Mixing – Nominated 
• Original Screenplay – Nominated 
Cars• Animated Feature Film – Nominated (Happy Feet, Won) 
• Original Song: “Our Town” – Nominated 
RatatouilleAnimated Feature Film: Brad Bird – Won
• Original Score: Michael Giacchino – Nominated 
• Sound Editing – Nominated 
• Sound Mixing – Nominated 
• Original Screenplay – Nominated
WALL•EAnimated Feature Film: Andrew Stanton – Won 
• Original Score – Nominated 
• Original Song: “Down to Earth” – Nominated 
• Sound Editing – Nominated Best Sound Mixing – Nominated 
• Original Screenplay – Nominated 
UpAnimated Feature Film: Pete Docter – Won 
• Best Picture – Nominated 
Original Score: Michael Giacchino – Won 
• Sound Editing – Nominated 
• Original Screenplay – Nominated
Toy Story 3Animated Feature Film: Lee Unkrich – Won 
• Best Picture – Nominated 
Original Song: “We Belong Together” – Won
• Sound Editing – Nominated 
• Original Screenplay – Nominated
Cars 2No Academy Award nominations
BraveAnimated Feature Film: Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman – Won
Monsters UniversityNo Academy Award nominations
Inside OutAnimated Feature Film: Pete Docter & Jonas Rivera – Won
• Original Screenplay – Nominated
The Good DinosaurNo Academy Award nominations
Finding DoryNo Academy Award nominations
Cars 3No Academy Award nominations
CocoAnimated Feature Film: Lee Unkrich – Won
Original Song: “Remember Me” – Won


Luxo, Jr.Nominated (A Greek Tragedy, Won)
Tin ToyJohn Lasseter & William (Bill) Reeves – Won
Geri’s GameJan Pinkava – Won
For The BirdsRalph Eggleston – Won
Mike’s New CarNominated (The ChubbChubbs!, Won)
Boundin’Nominated (Harvie Krumpet, Won) 
One Man BandNominated (The Moon & The Son: An Imagined Conversation, Won) 
LiftedNominated (The Danish Poet, Won)
PrestoNominated (La Maison en Petits Cubes, Won)
Day & NightNominated (The Lost Thing, Won)
La LunaNominated (The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Won)
Sanjay’s Super TeamNominated (Bear Story, Won)
PiperAlan Barillaro – Won
LOUNominated (Dear Basketball, Won)

We couldn’t be happier that the LOU team received a nomination for their hard work for Best Animated Short – the story, animation techniques, and camera work add to the playfulness of this sweet film and we are thrilled that the Academy has recognized the team. Be sure to share your thoughts with other Pixar fans in the Pixar Post Forum or leave a comment below — what are your predictions for the 90th Academy Awards?

Congratulations to both the Coco and LOU teams on a fantastic year in animation and we look forward to the upcoming BAFTAs, VES and Annie Awards.

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