At this year’s Oscars Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio triumphed as Best Animated Film: a real record for the director, Netflix and an entire genre.
The 95th edition of the Oscar Award and between surprises and confirmations, once again, it has proved to be one of the most followed events from all over the world, capable of keeping legions of passionate cinephiles and protagonists of the sector glued to the screen. The first prize to be awarded was the Oscar for Best Animated Featurewent this year to the Pinocchio Of Guillermo del Toro who thus becomes the first director to win the prestigious statuette for the best film, director and animated film. And, in fact, establishes a new record per Netflix which brings home the first Oscar in the category.
Oscar 2023, Guillermo del Toro wins the award for Best Animated Film with his Pinocchio: “Animation is ready to take another step forward”
The stop-motion adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s classic made it possible to Guillermo del Toro to get his third Oscarthis time for the Best animated film, after the two prizes won in the 2017 edition with La Forma dell’Acqua. It is also a real record for Mark Gustafsona stop-motion veteran who directed Pinocchio with of the bull and for Netflix which takes home for the first time the statuette in the category of best animated feature film.
At the delivery of the Oscarthe director wanted to reaffirm once again, as already on the occasion of the victory at the Golden Globes, the importance of animation as a genre and the injustices and discriminations to which it is still subjected today:
“Animation is ready to take the next step. This is an art form that has continued to be brought to its knees commercially and by the industry and has been relegated to the children’s table for a very long time. mature, expressive, beautiful, complex art form. So, this victory helps, but it’s about moving forward as a community. It’s important to keep this art form alive. Right now my main wish is to finance a stop course -motion in Mexico. It will help us make more films in the community in Mexico and Latin America, to continue pushing stop-motion, one of the most democratic and least expensive forms of animation, which anyone can access.”
With the victory of Pinocchio Of of the bull comes the second too Oscar for a film made with the stop-motion technique, after the victory, in 2002 of Wallace and Gromit: the curse of the Were-Rabbit. And it marks an important milestone for Netflix who has been waiting for this moment since 2018, with the first nomination in the category thanks to Klaus – the secrets of Christmas and who, every year since then, has obtained the nomination without ever managing to snatch the award in the hands of Disney. And this is also the seventh time in the history of the award – officially established in 2002 – that the Oscar has not gone to a Disney or Pixar film.
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