Movie: Inside Out
What it’s up for: Animated Feature Film, Original Screenplay

Sometimes when I write these posts, especially when it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie, I put the movie’s soundtrack on in the background to transport me back. As I’m doing that now for Inside Out, I realize that I’m disappointed that Michael Giacchin0 didn’t get nominated for his score composition.

Inside Out tells the story of an 11 year old girl who moves across the country from the perspective of the emotions inside her head. The primary focus of the story-telling is to provide metaphors and colorful examples of how our emotions and memories affect us as people.

Some people criticized the simplistic nature of the main plot of the film (two characters get lost and need to find their way back). However, that basic story provided the foundation that Pete Docter and company needed to explore the human subconscious and take the time to analyze what’s going on in there. We’re led to different locations in Riley’s brain and each stop allows some new facet to be brought to the surface.

The other slight controversy that came with the film (since 2015 is unofficially the year of being offended by everything) is that it was scientifically inaccurate. To that I say…it’s a cartoon. It’s meant to be relatable on a basic level. I know that as a twenty-something woman who still remembers what it was like to be an 11 year old girl, it hit me in a very real way. I started crying at the beginning and basically didn’t stop till the credits. I absolutely LOVED the fact that it explained in a simple way how sadness is an important emotion and it helps you process certain things. That’s really essential for kids to understand.

That being said, I was thrilled to see Inside Out get nominated for Original Screenplay. I had not even thought about that being a possibility since it is so rare for animated movies to get nominated for “real” categories. I have not seen any of the other movies in this category yet, but it seems like there’s some solid competition here. I doubt Inside Out will get the Oscar, but it is fantastic that the Academy recognized it with a nomination.

As for the Animated Feature Film category…let’s be real, it’s hard to beat a Pixar movie. The one interesting conundrum in this category is Anomalisa, an adult-oriented, stop-motion animated movie that has an R rating. I’m trying my hardest to track that one down.

Original Screenplay – At this point I can’t make a solid judgment, but the liklihood is low
Animated Feature Film – Highly likely