| Features Made by CalArtian Earn Oscar Nominations


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominations for the 94th Academy Awards on February 8. Among the animated feature nominees are graduates of the California Institute of the Arts. The CalArtian-directed feature films nominated are “Raya and the Last Dragon” and “The Mitchells vs. the Machines.”

The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures fantasy adventure “Raya and the Last Dragon” is directed by Don Hall, CalArts Film/Video 1995 and Carlos López Estrada. Set in the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons once lived in harmony, the story follows quick-witted warrior Raya. She sets out to find the last of the dragons who sacrificed themselves when an evil spirit invaded the land half a millennium before. When the evil spirit returns to the present day, Raya encounters the mythical dragon Sisu, and they team up to save the world. Fellow CalArtian Dean Wellins, Film/Video 1992, is also credited as one of the screenwriters for the film.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines by Sony Pictures Animation is an upcoming animated sci-fi comedy film directed by Mike Rianda, 2011 BFA Film/Video and co-directed by Jeff Rowe, 2011 BFA Film/Video, the duo also wrote the screenplay. Fellow CalArtian Alex Hirsch, Film/Video BFA 2007, who is credited among the voice cast, also served as story consultant.

The story follows the eccentric Mitchell family, whose road trip is unexpectedly turned upside down by a robotic apocalypse. The uprising is led by an army of androids led by a Siri-esque AI antagonist known as PAL, positioning the Mitchells as the world’s last hope. Learning to overcome their differences, the Mitchells team up with two friendly, flawed robots in order to save themselves and humanity.

‘Raya and the Dragon’ and ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ have been favorites this awards season – both films were recently nominated for Critics’ Choice and Annie Awards.

See the complete list of The 2022 Oscar nominees here.

The 94th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 27 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood and Highland Center and will be televised live on ABC at 5:00 p.m. PST.

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