It's not as crazy as it sounds. A few months ago, Wall-E seemed destined to be left behind in a year full of heavy-hitting Oscar contenders, including The Changeling, Milk, The Reader, Frost/Nixon, and about 19 others. But with all those awards-heavy dramas falling somewhat short, Wall-E's award buzz is steadingly gaining momentum, as evidenced by LA Critics Awards, which named it Best Picture of the Year.
But there is hope. With the announcement of the National Board of Review, NY Film Critics, and Broadcast Film Critics awards, no clear frontrunner has emerged. Once bright stars like Doubt, The Reader, and Frost/Nixon are garnering tepid reviews, while Wall-E remains the best reviewed movie of the year. And Wall-E was a popular movie that did well at the box office. If you'll recall (or maybe not), last year's ceremony was a indie-laden lovefest that no one watched because most of America hadn't seen any of the nominated films. Putting Wall-E in the Best Picture race would change that, and give us something to actually root for.