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Pete Docter, "Up"
Previous nominations or wins:
Nominee, Best Original Screenplay, "Toy Story" (1996)
Nominee, Best Animated Feature, "Monster's, Inc." (2002)
Nominee, Best Short Film, Animated, "Mike's New Car" (2003)
Nominee, Best Original Screenplay, "WALL-E" (2009)
Pros: "Up" continues Pixar's remarkable run of critically acclaimed animated blockbusters. More surprising is Docter has joined a select group of filmmakers with at least four nominations without a win. And in a year like this, that's a great talking point for Academy cocktail parties.
Cons: It's still an animated film. Will the Academy look past that in rewarding Docter for his moving creation? That's the billion dollar question.