Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.
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The pathetic commander I’m referring to is, of course, Mishra, Artificer Prodigy. Take a moment to soak in his badness; it’s almost perverse how a commander with so many lines of text can accomplish so little. Your opponents will probably have a good laugh the first time they see him, and marvel at how useless he is in a singleton format. Once they’ve lowered their expectations for your deck to somewhere between Atog tribal and stock Commander precon, you should be able to slip under the radar long enough to start exploiting your commander’s ability for profit. Here’s how you break Mishra:
Any symmetrical effect that screws up spell casting is basically harmless when you’re casting artifacts with Mishra. If you stack Mishra’s trigger correctly, then abilities like those on Nether Void or Possibility Storm will move the artifact to your graveyard or library, where you will be able to search it out with Mishra and put it straight onto the battlefield. So, while your opponents are having trouble getting their spells to resolve, you’re able to continue building up an army of artifacts.