Brave’s Oscar Nomination

So… it was the most amazing thing in the world to me to be able to wake my daughter last Thursday morning saying, “Wake up! We’re going to the Oscars!” For once, she woke up right away. That will always be a great memory we will both share. (Have to say I was thrilled when I found out she told all of her friends at school how I woke her up that morning).

Then there was the wonderful surprise champagne toast at work and all the congratulations and excitement. The phone calls and emails. It’s truly a mind numbing experience in a really good way… yet at the same time it is bittersweet.

Not being there when I knew they would be toasting the Brave crew at Pixar was kind of sad for me. The memories of how hard everyone worked on the film to try and make it better than anything they’d worked on before… Not being there to raise my glass to them was hard for me.

They created groundbreaking technology that allowed us to do a more organic film – hair… CURLY hair!… fur, grass, moss, layers of clothing, weather, wisps, puddles… on and on and on. They made the film so rich and beautiful – truly beyond anything that had been done before.

And a new kind of story for Pixar – the story and editorial crew worked really incredibly hard for a really long time, anywhere from one to seven years, as we got bumped by other films for scheduling reasons over and over – and they never seemed to be burnt out. Of course we all had our days, but the enthusiasm in the room was always palpable.

The visuals, the sounds, the music, the voices  – all blended beautifully together because of the different kinds of artists that came together to make this film.

Absolutely every tiny detail of that film was scrutinized and worked on with such dedication by every member of the crew. They have more than earned the recognition the Academy has given them with this nomination. It’s because of their incredible work that I was able to have that magical moment of waking my daughter.

Win or not, I thank them all from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful film they created.

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