The Los Angeles Film Critics: “WALL-E is the Best Movie of 2008″

Something is happening.

Among American film critics, WALL-E is emerging as a favorite for the year’s Best Picture. The L.A. Film Critics just joined TIME’s Richard Corliss and The New Yorker’s Anthony Lane, heralding Pixar’s movie as the Best Film of 2008. The only film receiving similar love is Slumdog Millionaire.

Will the Academy take notice? Will they realize that animated films are works of art worthy of comparison with live-action films? Will WALL-E be nominated for Best Picture?

I hope so.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    The difference there being that the Best Animated Feature category didn’t exist in 1991, and that Disney was in the midst of a “renaissance” that had begun only two years earlier with The Little Mermaid. Pixar, on the other hand, peaked a few years ago in the minds of some critics and audiences (to go by the grosses, in the case of the latter), and the existence of the Animated Feature award means the Academy might divert any praise it wants to give the film in that direction.

    Though it’s interesting that the L.A. critics gave Best Picture to WALL-E (narrowly beating The Dark Knight, for whatever that’s worth) while giving Best Animated Feature to Waltz with Bashir. If WALL-E does get nominated in both categories at the Oscars, it is quite possible the vote might get split between the two categories. Or perhaps it will win both. Who knows?

  • Joseph Hollies

    Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” was nominated back in 1991 so it wouldn’t have been the first time.