Why "The Lion King" Deserved a "Best Picture" Nod

Why  The Lion King  Deserved a  Best Picture  Nod

This is an article to explain why The Lion King deserved an Oscar nomination for "Best Picture"

It is no question that the Academy Award for Best Picture has, over the years, been one of the more controversial ones. Most of the time, the award is blamed for picking films that are not considered "timeless" or even "relevant". It has also been flamed for the lack of variety within the names of nominees, even after eighty-three years. Of the films that have won, most have been drama, with few being comedy, and with fantasy and horror each receiving only one win each. Animated films have appeared on the list only three times, though some film genres (such as ganster films and court room dramas) have not appeared at all, any time.

That being said, let's look at the facts. First of all, 1994's "Forrest Gump" took home the "Best Picture" Oscar. Even nowadays, it is considered a true classic, and I'll admit, it was slightly better than "The Lion King"--though not by much. Secondly, the first animated film to receive the Oscar nomination for Best Picture was 1991's "Beauty and the Beast". Not "Snow White", not "Fantasia, not "Pinocchio"; indeed, the very first Oscar nominee for the big one, that didn't contain a single frame of shot film, came over 50 years after the more famous Disney films. (The closest any animated film came was 1967's "The Jungle Book", which made the shortlist but ultimately was not nominated.)

Something to consider is that the next animated film to appear on the nominee list--2009's "Up"--only appeaered after the number of nominated films rose from 5 to 10. This allowed both "Up" and 2010's "Toy Story 3" to appear on the list, though it appears now that they are more the exception than the rule.

This begs the question, why did nearly 20 years pass between "Beauty and the Beast", and "Up" being nominated for Best Picture? The answer is relatively simple: the Academy that hosts the Academy Awards is made up of people in the film business--producers, directors, actors, screenplay writers, etc. To see an animated film on the list, would mean a lower paycheck among them. It's a complicated process, but it's one that keeps animated films from appearing on the list of Best Picture nominees and, subsequently, winners.

Now, why do I think "The Lion King" deserved to be on the nominees list? There are several reason: first of all, it's just a frickin' good film! The story is well-developed, the characters are believable and relatable, the visuals are just stunning, the music and sounds help the story along, the voice acting is flawless, and the list goes on and on.

What's more, it was one of the best-reviewed films of 1994, even ahead of "Forrest Gump"; it currently holds a 92% "Fresh" rating from RottenTomatoes.com. It is an unforgettable film, one that has been cherished by a whole fanbase (and more!) for almost 20 years. In contrast, the largest "Forrest Gump" following that I could find has a mere 3,000 members.

All in all, at the very least, "The Lion King" deserved a spot on that list for "Best Picture" nominees. It's a pity it didn't make it, but hey, it's still a great film!

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July 22, 2013
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I think that the Lion King is the freaking best. It's just awesome! I think that this movie should have won.

February 13, 2013
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TLK is awesome! It deserves the award:)

February 18, 2012
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I agree that it should have made it. It is like the greatest Disney movies ever!

January 27, 2012
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Lion King shouldn't have won the Best Picture Oscar of 1994. It should have won the Best Picture Oscar of All-Times.

December 28, 2011
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go to youtube . com and kollbrez

October 16, 2011
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Honestly speaking, 1994 was a great year for movies. The five best picture nominees were:

*Forrest Gump
*Four Weddings and a Funeral
*Pulp Fiction
*Quiz Show
*The Shawshank Redemption

1, 3, and 4 were DEFINITELY getting nominated. You can't deny those weren't good movies regardless of your Lion King opinion. As for the final two slots, critics weren't sure. According to the New York Times*, "Legends of the Fall," "The Lion King," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Nobody's Fool," "Nell," "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Hoop Dreams" were roughly equal contenders.

In my opinion, I believe the academy was still thinking of Beauty and the Beast, and to them, The Lion King fell short (Even though I disagree). This caused them to pick elsewhere, which is why 'Shawshank' and 'Weddings' were nominated.

Could The Lion King have won? Well...no,:( I'm sorry to say that it doesn't matter how good an animated film is, it will not win. Same goes to foreign films and comedies.

Also, Gangster films and courtroom dramas have been nominated! Gangster examples are Godfather (won), Godfather 2 (won), Godfather 3, Goodfellas. Courtroom drama examples are Witness for the Prosecution, Judgement at Nuremberg, To Kill A Mockingbird

In the end, The Lion King (despite its king-like status) didn't stand a chance. Maybe in 30 years or so, but for back then and today: No. Sorry Simba.

*Link to New York Times Article: http://tinyurl.com/nytimes1994

July 27, 2011
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Oscar, Acedemy, it deserves them ALL!

July 27, 2011
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Good article ^^ i agree, the movie deserves really that Oscar :p

July 26, 2011
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Nice article, I totally agree that it should've gotten a nod! A few more things I'd like to add. Firstly, Up and TS3 had one major advantage: the number of nominees allowed for Best Picture doubled from five to ten, the very same year Up was nominated. There was just more room for good films that ultimately don't win. If there were ten nominees in 1994, TLK probably would've been nominated. The competition in '94 seems pretty stiff, too (I barely watch movies at all, and I've heard of 4 of the 5 nominees. I can't think of any other year when I actually knew that many nominees)

Secondly, I firmly believe that there is a bias to perceive animated films as "kids'" movies, which naturally colours one's viewpoint to see animated films as simplistic. Take Rango, for example. I saw it, and I could see it being an okay kids' film, but it worked on a much better level than purely a kids' film. Yet everyone I spoke to who had seen the trailer assumed it was a kids' film, partially because of how it was marketed but mostly because it was animated.

July 26, 2011
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The Lion King is awsome, I totally agree!

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