Second Fantastic Mr. Fox FYC Ad

Fox has put out another “For Your Consideration” ad, this one targeting the Golden Globes. Check out the previous ad here, and see AwardsDaily‘s full “For Your Consideration” gallery here. Click on the picture below to view the ad full size.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Entertainment Weekly’s Fantastic Mr. Fox Roundtable (video)

Entertainment Weekly‘s Dave Karger sat down for a roundtable discussion with Wes, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray to talk about Fantastic Mr. Fox. The first part is embedded below, and it continues after the break. Unfortunately you’ll need to use the EW link to see part 3.

And for those who continue to see Mr. Fox over the holiday weekend for the first time (or second…or third) please stop by and leave us your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox For Your Consideration Ad

Fox has begun its awards campaign for Fantastic Mr. Fox, the first ad is below. The ads are published in trade papers and online to encourage Academy members and the rest of the awards voting population to vote for the film. Check out AwardsDaily‘s full “For Your Consideration” gallery and see how the other animated films are stacking up. Click to view full size.

For Your Consideration

Mr. Fox Eligible for Oscar, Tenenbaums One of the Best of the Decade, Murray on Letterman

AMPAS

Word today from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of twenty films eligible for an Oscar nomination in the Best Animated Film category. To see the full list of films, head on over to the AMPAS site. Only five films can receive a nomination, and prognosticators are betting Fox will be one of them.

Two more stories after the break.

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A.V. Club Rates Mr. Fox on the Oscar-O-Meter™

Angry Mr. Fox

The A.V. Club takes a look today at Fantastic Mr. Fox‘s oscar chances with their trademark Oscar-O-Meter™.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Premise: Indie film fave Wes Anderson supervises a stop-motion-animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book about a crafty fox, his family, his band of animal associates, and their human enemies.
Pedigree: Anderson reportedly worked with his actors (including George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson) on location rather than in a studio, looking for a different feel for the movie’s audio track. Then he instructed his animators—remotely, according to rumor—to give the movie a look halfway between Rankin-Bass and The Royal Tenenbaums.
Oscar-O-Meter rating: 6. Even though it’s been a strong year for animated films, it’s hard to believe this won’t get a nomination in the Best Animated Feature category. Although…
Advance word: …critics who’ve seen early screenings have been divided over whether Anderson’s quirky sensibility is even funnier in animated form, or Fantastic Mr. Fox just reinforces his limitations as a filmmaker.

Read the rest of their predictions here and here, and if you haven’t already, check out our look at Mr. Fox‘s box-office competition.

Oscars Expand Best Picture Nominations

Owen Wilson at Oscars 2008

From Variety

The Motion Picture Academy announced Wednesday that for the first time in more than 65 years, the field of best picture nominees will be expanded to 10 contenders for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

“Having 10 best picture nominees is going allow Academy voters to recognize and include some of the fantastic movies that often show up in the other Oscar categories but have been squeezed out of the race for the top prize,” said [Academy president] Sid Ganis in announcing the shift. “I can’t wait to see what that list of 10 looks like when the nominees are announced in February.”

People are speculating this will allow more animation and comedies to slide into the top slot. What this means for Wes?

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