Walt Disney Studios Submits ‘Monsters University’ and ‘Frozen’ in Original Screenplay

monsters-university02Another head-scratcher for the awards season books.  The Academy declares sequels adapted works as we’ve seen with past nominees like Toy Story 3 and Before Sunset.  Once in a while, some studios try to dance around the AMPAS rule.  We’ve just learned that Walt Disney Studios and Pixar have submitted Monsters University in Original Screenplay for the Academy Awards.  Although the film has little chance to make either of the screenplay lineups, the film, which is the sequel to 2001’s Monster’s Inc., its chances of recognition have diminished even further with the categorization.

Original Screenplay is a jam-packed category this year, full of viable contenders that include Saving Mr. Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Her.  In Adapted Screenplay, the category is razor-thin.  Contenders that have faltered throughout the year are still “technically” on the table.  Films like The Book Thief and The Great Gatsby come to mind.  If the film stood any chance of sneaking into a lineup, Adapted would have been its ticket.

In other awards news, Disney has officially listed Tom Hanks in Supporting Actor for his performance as Walt Disney in John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks.  They have also listed Colin Farrell for awards consideration alongside Hanks.  No Supporting Actresses are being listed.

frozenposter4When it comes to Disney’s Frozen, which has been receiving loud praise from several critics (including this one), the film is listed for Animated Feature but unfortunately has no mention of Best Picture.  The film has also submitted for Original Screenplay despite being based/inspired by the story “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen.  With the high praise and quality that the film possesses, perhaps a surprise inclusion could be in its future.  The princess movie will also have an Original Song, “Let It Go” submitted for the music branch.  The song and lyrics are written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Frozen is currently predicted in the #1 spot in the Animated Feature Oscar Predictions while Monsters University is listed at #2.  Saving Mr. Banks has risen to #3 in Best Picture and is predicted as the top contender in three categories.

Where do you see the films garnering nominations?

“Let it Go” from Frozen