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Watch Scenes from Every Best Animated Feature Winner Ever

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In 2001, a new Academy Award was introduced: Best Animated Feature. With sustained production of animated films beyond the traditional Disney fare, there were plenty of candidates to be considered. Since then, these are the films that have won Best Animated Feature:

Shrek - 2001
Spirited Away - 2002
Finding Nemo - 2003
The Incredibles - 2004
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - 2005
Happy Feet - 2006
Ratatouille - 2007
WALL-E - 2008
Up - 2009
Toy Story 3 - 2010
Rango - 2011
Brave - 2012
Frozen - 2013
Big Hero 6 - 2014
Inside Out - 2015

This year, there's a strong field, including Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle, and Zootopia. Who will win? We'll have to wait for Sunday evening to find out.

Meanwhile, enjoy this video featuring clips from all of the winners, plus the currently-nominated films.

Incidentally, if you're a film nerd, the Official Academy Awards Database is a handy way to search historical info. Be sure to click the "Statistics" button.

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The Beatles’s Yellow Submarine Is Returning to Theaters for Its 50th Anniversary
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The Beatles are coming! The Beatles are coming!

In early 1968, at the height of Beatlemania, The Fab Four lent their voices—and visages—to Yellow Submarine, a somewhat strange and slightly surreal animated film, purportedly for children, which saw the band travel to Pepperland aboard the titular watercraft in order to save the land from the music-hating Blue Meanies. (Hey, we said it was strange.)

Though it would be another year before the film’s iconic soundtrack was released, 2018 marks the film’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, Pitchfork reports that the psychedelic cartoon will be making its way back into theaters in July with a brand-new 4K digital restoration and a surround sound remix, to have it looking—and sounding—pristine.

To find out where it will be screening near you, visit the film’s website, where you can sign up for updates.

[h/t: Pitchfork]

Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas, Made Simple

On March 14, 2018, visionary physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76. You know his name, and may have even watched a biopic or two about him. But if you've ever wondered what specifically Hawking's big contributions to science were, and you have two and a half minutes to spare, the animation below is for you. It's brief, easy to understand, and gets to the point with nice narration by Alok Jha. So here, in a very brief and simple way, are some of Stephen Hawking's big ideas:

If you have more than a few minutes, we heartily recommend Hawking's classic book A Brief History of Time. It's easy to read, and it's truly brief.

[h/t: Open Culture]


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