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Posted at 7:43 PM ET, 12/12/2010

The case for Oscar: 'TOY STORY 3' named among AFI's TOP 10 for 2010

By Michael Cavna

"Toy Story 3" continues to strengthen its case for an Oscar bid as Best Picture.

The American Film Institute on Sunday named the Disney/Pixar 3-D feature as one of its best 10 movies of 2010 -- the sole animation to crack AFI's list.

Last year's "Up" (Disney/Pixar) and 1991's "Beauty and the Beast" (Disney) are the only animated films to receive Academy Award nominations for Best Picture. ("Up" won the Oscar this year for Best Animated Feature.)

"We're going for the Best Picture win," Walt Disney Studios honcho Rich Ross told Deadline Hollywood last month. "We wanted to have the best movie and the reviews have clearly said that and it's the number-one box office hit of the year, so I'm not sure why we would not go for it all."

The studio's recent campaign placed "Toy Story 3" characters in the posters of such previous Best Picture winners as "Shakespeare in Love." Disney is the only major studio never to have won the Best Picture Oscar.

The third "Toy Story" received a "99" critics' score on; has an "8.8" score on; and has grossed more than $1-billion worldwide, the fifth-highest total ever, according to

The rest of AFI's Top 10 for 2010 are: "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours," "The Social Network" (which also received an L.A. critics award Sunday), "The Town," "True Grit" and "Winter's Bone." AFI -- which doesn't name a best film for its field of finalists -- will honor the films at a Jan. 14 luncheon.

AFI also presented special awards to "The King's Speech," which wasn't eligible for the top 10 because its financing didn't come primarily from American backers; and to "Waiting for Superman," not eligible because it's a documentary.

(The AFI also picked its top 10 TV programs of 2010: AMC's "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead"; Showtime's "The Big C"; HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," "The Pacific" and "Temple Grandin"; Fox's "Glee"; ABC's "Modern Family"; and NBC's "30 Rock.")

The AFI lists were selected by two 13-member panels -- one each for movies and television.

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By Michael Cavna  | December 12, 2010; 7:43 PM ET
Categories:  The Animation, The Holly Word  | Tags:  AFI Top 10, Beauty and the Beast, Disney/Pixar, Pixar's Up, Toy Story 3  
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Toy Story 3 may be well liked, but that doesn't mean Disney deserves to win Best Picture for the film. The Academy should not reward Disney's hypocrisy -- at least that's what these Disney hotel workers, who equate themselves to the discarded toys in Toy Story 3 say. The video, using bits from Toy Story, says it all:

Posted by: lshelton1 | December 13, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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