Toy Story 3 Gets Best Picture Nomination, Anti-Oscar Campaigners Not Backing Down

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Leigh Shelton was hoping Toy Story 3's Oscar dreams would be blasted to infinity and beyond.

Instead, the Disney/Pixar megahit was nominated today for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Animated Feature, Original Song, Achievement in Sound Editing and Adapted Screenplay.

"The race is on now," says Shelton, spokeswoman for UNITE HERE Local 11, the union representing the Disneyland Resort's hotel workers in a bitter labor dispute. While they expected the Best Picture nomination, she and a group of about 10 union members dressed as Buzz Lightyear and marched around the offices of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills at 2 a.m., handing out literature on the union's cause. 

See the pamphlet UNITE HERE Local 11 sent to Academy members and read about the union's next steps after the jump.


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UNITE HERE Local 11 accuses Disney of underpaying and stripping away the health insurance of the hotel's dishwashers, bellmen, laundry attendants and housekeepers. The group has created an anti-Oscar campaign video, held guerrilla protests and created the website No Toy Story 3 in an effort to stop the Academy from voting for Toy Story 3 as Best Picture.

"We'll spend the next month leading up to the Oscars telling every Academy member, 'Please, vote with your conscious. Don't reward Disney's hypocrisy,'" Shelton says. "We want to show Academy members who Disney really is and keep up the pressure publicly."   

Shelton says the union plans to continue protesting at screenings and Academy events in Los Angeles, and members will even show up in costume at the Oscars.   

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OMG! what has Disney come to??!!! I did not know this side of disney at all! I am a local that always takes my child to dwn twn disney and Disneyland very often but after the rise in ticket prices and now this!!! FORGET IT! DISNEY! You are loosing alot of ppl Im telling you, ALOT!


Protesting against a children's movie for "labor-relations" reasons is just...absurd. The resort and the film divisions are VERY separate, so this is just misguided from the beginning. People need to stop being so insular, petty, and ignorant. Protest outside the resort, not the Academy.


"Shelton says the union plans to continue protesting at screenings and Academy events in Los Angeles, and members will even show up in costume at the Oscars."

This is an idiotic move on the part of the union. They will gain zero public support for this - it will backfire on them.

Keep up the good work dim-wits.

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He have shown their commitment to the "happiest place on Earth" Wednesday by dumping their previously coveted Woody, Buzz and Jessie toys.

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an oscar as best picture for a cartoonhow low can they goto see how far consider whom you would have voted for in 1962

Best PictureLawrence of Arabia, Sam Spiegel, producer (Columbia) The Longest Day, Darryl F. Zanuck, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox) Meredith Willson's the Music Man, Morton Da Costa, producer (Warner Bros.) Mutiny on the Bounty, Aaron Rosenberg, producer (MGM) To Kill a Mockingbird, Alan J. Pakula, producer (Universal-International)

Best Actor:Burt Lancaster, Birdman of Alcatraz Jack Lemmon, Days of Wine and Roses Marcello Mastroianni, Divorce�Italian Style Peter O'Toole, Lawrence of Arabia Gregory Peck, To Kill a Mockingbird

Best Actress:Anne Bancroft, The Miracle Worker Bette Davis, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Katharine Hepburn, Long Day's Journey Into Night Geraldine Page, Sweet Bird of Youth Lee Remick, Days of Wine and Roses

and the hostFrank Sinatra


Don't hate the medium.

An animated movie had more artistry and genuine human emotion in its little plastic characters than any live-action movies this year, is almost universally loved by both critics and audiences, and gets an Oscar nomination. I fail to see the problem.

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