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.
Paste Magazine has included The Royal Tenenbaums in its top ten of the decade list. It’s an interesting list worth checking with a lot of unusual choices, and features the Anderson produced The Squid and the Whale. To jump to Tenenbaums click here, or to start from the top, here. The film places even higher in the readers’ poll. The new print edition of Paste features Jason Schwartzman on the cover.
10. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Writer/Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: Owen Wilson
Stars: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Andrew Wilson, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, Bill Murray
Studio: Buena Vista PicturesWith his third movie, Wes Anderson let all his quirks run rampant: a storybook setting that is and is not New York, a uniform for each character and an obsession with childhood detritus. Rather than deflect the family’s conflicts (as Anderson’s critics claim), these elements only enhance its spiritual conundrums, making The Royal Tenenbaums Anderson’s most directorially confident and emotionally cathartic film—a bittersweet ode to regret, forgiveness and hard-won contentment.—Stephen Deusner
Finally, a small clip from Bill Murray’s recent apperance on The Late Show with David Letterman. There was a nice Mr. Fox bit later in the show that doesn’t appear to be online. If we find a full version we’ll let you know.