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I have complicated feelings about the way studios push their For Your Consideration campaigns, in the sense that I think all films deserve ridiculously niche merch but find it ethically weird that it typically comes in the form of thinly-veiled bribery for awards voting bodies. It’s also usually an obvious display of what film the studio has the most faith in bringing home the golden statues.

Netflix released six eligible titles for Best Animated Feature this past year: “The Sea Beast,” “Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood,” “Drifting Home,” “My Father’s Dragon,” “Wendell & Wild,” and “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.” Of the six, there was a clear favorite picked by Netflix, as the FYC campaign for “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” was aggressive, effective, and inescapable. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a knock on “Pinocchio,” which I absolutely loved, but it would have been wonderful to see any of the other eligible titles given the same attention from their distributor.

“The Sea Beast” is an absolute marvel in its execution of giant monsters, beautiful aquatic landscapes, and animation’s greatest foe, ropes, all elements that deserved to be highlighted and spoken about with the same reverence as the undeniably impressive stop-motion in “Pinocchio.” And I’m sure there are plenty who assume the recognizable name of Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro had much to do with the decision to go all-in on “Pinocchio,” but that is selling “The Sea Beast” director, Chris Williams, short. After all, he is also an Oscar-winning director, having won for “Moana” after being nominated for “Bolt” and “Big Hero 6.”

/Film – ‘Slash Film: Now That It’s Nominated For An Oscar, Will You Finally Watch Netflix’s The Sea Beast?’
Author: BJ Colangelo
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January 25, 2023

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