Andrew Stanton, Chris Williams: Academy's Animated Film Symposium

Andrew Stanton Best Animated Film OscarAndrew Stanton, Mark Osborne and John Stevenson, and fellow directors of this year's Best Animated Film Oscar nominees.

Andrew Stanton, Chris Williams: Directors of nominated features attend Academy's Animated Film Symposium

Kung Fu Panda directors Mark Osborne and John Stevenson, animator Tom Sito (Osmosis Jones, Son of the Mask), Bolt directors Chris Williams and Byron Howard, and WALL-E director Andrew Stanton are seen above standing next to a giant Oscar statue at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Animated Film Symposium held on Thursday, Feb. 19, '09, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, and WALL-E are all in the running for the 2009 Academy Award. (Click on the image above to enlarge it.)

The Bolt voice cast includes Miley Cyrus, John Travolta, Chloë Grace Moretz, and veteran Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange). Kung Fu Panda features the voices of Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Jack Black, Lucy Liu, and Dustin Hoffman. WALL-E voice actors include Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Fred Willard, Sigourney Weaver, and Kathy Najimy.

Prestigious animation

Surprisingly missing from the nomination roster was Ari Folman's acclaimed animated war drama Waltz with Bashir, which was shortlisted in the Best Foreign Language Film category (representing Israel). While WALL-E was voted the Best Film of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Waltz with Bashir was the top choice of the National Society of Film Critics.

Kung Fu Panda was the surprise – and controversial – top winner of the Annie Awards. WALL-E, however, is expected to take home the Best Animated Film Oscar.

See also: “Directors Ari Folman, Laurent Cantet, Yojiro Takita, Götz Spielmann, and Uli Edel at the Academy's Foreign Language Film Symposium.”

Chris Williams Byron HowardChris Williams, Byron Howard: 'Bolt' directors.
Andrew StantonAndrew Stanton: 'WALL-E' director.
Mark Osborne John StevensonMark Osborne, John Stevenson: 'Kung Fu Panda' directors.


Tom Sito, Chris Williams, Byron Howard, Mark Osborne, John Stevenson, and Andrew Stanton photos: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

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  1. Animated Pictures

    Geniuses of animation I bet.

  2. Christopher Scott hamilton

    I truly can't wait to see the Rapunzel Upbraided movie move forward as I have read Byron has taken directing over.I had saw the pictures surface on the net of Mr Keane's a few years back and was so caught up in the different look of it,I wrote a song about it.I also had read where there was this indecision and this problem and I just wanted to bring it to life.
    I have the song posted on my page if you see fit to listen.
    “Princess In The Castle”,is the name of the song and I have it over at my page..If you look at the pictures while listening,you will see what I mean.