'Toy Story 3' director on Oscar nominations
January 25th, 2011
11:14 AM ET

'Toy Story 3' director on Oscar nominations

Lee Unkrich was huddled in bed with his wife and 13-year-old daughter on Tuesday morning, their hearts pounding, when he received his first personal Oscar nomination.

The “Toy Story 3” director said, in his 16 years with Pixar, he’s been “lucky to be a part of a lot of great films” - many of which have been nominated.

“I’ve been so happy over the years to see buddies take home Oscars,” Unkrich said, “but there’s nothing quite like being nominated yourself.”

Just as thrilling as the film’s nomination for best animated feature film of the year, he said, is its best picture nod, making “Toy Story 3” the third ever animated feature to be nominated in the category.

“I left Ohio 25 years ago with dreams of making movies and it’s just, I have to pinch myself that I somehow, in this crazy industry, found myself here in this position,” he said.

Unkrich, who was drinking a mimosa during our chat, said he plans to continue celebrating the film’s nominations at the office with his crew and his partners.

While “Toy Story 4” isn’t in the cards, fans can look forward to a series of animated shorts - set to debut before “Cars 2” this summer - featuring the “Toy Story” crew.

“It’s a lot of fun to have ended the story of Andy and his toys in the movies, but still keep the characters alive,” he said.

The film garnered five nominations: Best animated feature film of the year, achievement in music written for motion pictures (original song), best motion picture of the year, achievement in sound editing and adapted screenplay.

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  1. neida

    Dude i could write all day bout toy story its badas. the one i like the most is part 3 cuz they go to sunnyside at first they like it but then they want to escaspe. the saddest part of the movie is when andy gives away all of hes toys to the little gurl but i still watch it.... its badas

    March 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. neida zamorano

    OMG!.... i love toy story its so cool ma favriote charecter is bullsye i like all the other to but i like bullszye the best.

    March 2, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. allyson

    The Academy screwed up last year by voting for 'UP', one of the worst movies [animated or not] ever made. The Fantastic Mr. Fox was clearly superior and the difficulty of stop motion animation is totaly undervalued; watch the behind the scenes track to see how that film was made. Even Coraline was a better use of animation technique. Same with TS3: nothing new there; even the plot was a retread – there's a misunderstanding, we're away from home, form a plan, get rescued, get home again. This is the year for 'How to Train Your Dragon', but the voters will go with the obvious. There are other animation studios out there besides Pixar and they should be rewarded for their hard work!

    February 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. paulbmro

    Did you see the best movies of 2010? Here you can find: moviesfan.eu/related-top-list/93-best-movies-of-2010

    January 31, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. lin

    To the amaizing Lee Unkrich & the Pixar guys and girls I think you will be also amazed by the animation at:


    It was produced with nothing but a webcam and an old Dell laptop.
    Total budget $5 includinfg the meal that the main charecters are its prize.

    January 30, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. henry

    i think toy story 3 is one of my favorite movies,not ony is it funny it is also quite touching and succeeded in bringing me to tears,so toy story 3 deserved all the success it is being given,keep it up and good luck at the oscars pixar

    January 28, 2011 at 3:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nguyen thi thu nga


    January 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shaun

    The picture looks like Buzz is tappin that ass.

    January 26, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kingmade

    The 1st one was great. The 2nd one was ok... the third one was a bore.

    January 26, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jaysonc

    Sean, I think that TS3 was more heartfelt than the first two if only because it was the end of a journey. Basically, it was about growing up and moving on but not severing all ties to your childhood. I think it was especially poingnant beings that the three fims span 15 years in which a lot of the children who saw the first one had grown up with these characters. I hated to say goodbye to them but things change but not necessarily for the worse.

    January 26, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Quilter 77

    Toy Story 3 is the most over-rated animated movie this year. "How To Train Your Dragon" is a work of art. The animation is breathtaking, The sound track is amazing. The character development is wonderful. Pixar has a stranglehold on the Academy, and this is not right. Even Disney's "Tangled" was better than Toy Story 3. I enjoyed the movie immensely, but "Tangled" and "HTTYD" stayed with me for a long time. I've watched "HTTYD" at least 6 times since I got the DVD, and every person I've shown it to said it is head and shoulders above "TS3". This just proves the bias of the Academy, and that the Oscars are just a popularity contest and really don't mean squat.

    January 26, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • sean

      care to supply any reasons? you claim its overrated but don't really give us specifics. personally i thought it was every bit as heartfelt and witty as Pixar's other films. it should have also gotten a Best Director nod.

      January 26, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Michael McMonigle

    Check out my reviews of all the Best Picture nominations at http://morrisonrouse.blogspot.com/2011/01/lets-go-out-to-lobby-and-get-ourselves.html#more

    January 26, 2011 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. heydog

    That Dave Chapelle deserves this nore than pixar. Why dont you give real tallent a chance.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. heydog

    WHy wasnt the legendary actor artist and comedian Dave Chapelle not nominated. hey dog hey.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. heydog

    hey dog. hey. why didnt they nominate Dave Chapelle. He is the best actor and comedian today. VOTE FOR DAVE.

    January 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Larry

    I agree about Pixar needing a best picture win.....the last 3 Pixar movies (starting with Wall-E) have been better than anything else Hollywood has come out with in 10 years.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ben

    Toy Story 3 should get the Best Movie of the year award (and not just Best Animated Feature Film of the Year). The critics loved it, (it recieved a Golden Tomatoes award for wide release movies), the public loves it, it was the biggest money-earning film of the year, and Pixar has made Eleven movies that the critics liked, or loved, and all were box office sucesses. It's about time that the Academy Awards gave a Best Movie of the Year to an Animated Film (that's earned it). I know it's a 50 to 1 shot against winning, while The Social Network and The King's Speech are the front runners, but, I think Pixar has earned a Best Picture of the Year award by now.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Snacklefish

    Hurray for them!

    Boo, CNN. Can't you find even one studio-produced still of Toy Story 3? You had to go back to the first one?

    January 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xcaliber253

      Why is it there always has to be someone who will find something to complain about? Your concerned about what still shot they're displaying???

      January 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Marco555

    One of my fave all time movies, and i usually watch the action flicks.

    January 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • joelle esther benyayer

      i love it crazy toy yep yep pitty they do not existing it will be fun can you imagine such small personage in city move around fun love it i look the cartoon i enjoy it yep eyp joelle esther benyayer

      February 7, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Do you think that Tangled was not included among Oscar nominees due to Toy Story 3 as this article http://www.reviewmaze.com/2011/02/academy-award-nominations-2011-oscars.html assumes?

      February 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |

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