Take a seat, Sadness. It’s Joy’s night.

That’s because Inside Out triumphed in a very competitive category (that also included Shaun the Sheep Movie and the truly outstanding Anomalisa) to take home the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars. It’s the second Best Animated Feature win for director Pete Docter (2009’s Up was the first) and the eighth win for Pixar Animation Studios (the other six, for those keeping score at home, are Finding NemoThe Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Toy Story 3, and Brave).

I’d rank Inside Out among the best of that bunch. It’s as good as any film on that list (except maybe Up, because Pete Docter is the best). It’s just too bad the movie didn’t get more attention elsewhere at the Oscars. It garnered just one more nomination, for Best Original Screenplay, when it was easily worthy of a Best Picture nomination as well. (ScreenCrush’s own Mike Sampson, recently wrote an excellent piece about why Docter never stood a chance of a Best Director nomination, even though he was worthy of one too.) Sadness, you can come back and hang out for just this moment while we contemplate this sorry state of affairs.

So Inside Out will have to settle for just the Best Animated Feature win. But hey, winning any Oscar still puts you way ahead of 99% of all movies released in a given year. Congrats to Docter and the Pixar team on another stellar achievement. We’ll cross our fingers for a repeat next year with Finding Dory.

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