I'M NOT LIVE OSCAR-BLOGGING TONIGHT...Last year, I liked both Sideways and The Aviator, so I had some incentive to sit through the entire thing, but, this year, while I pretty much liked Munich, I doubt it will win anything major, and the only other Best Picture nominee I've seen is Crash, which I just couldn't take seriously because of the overwrought and manipulative fake Enya music they played anytime anything bad happened. I was half-interested in seeing Capote but just never got around to it.
So, as predicted by everyone without anime fanboy blinders on, Nick Park's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit beat out Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle and Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride to win Best Animated Feature. I respect Hayao Miyazaki and I am one of the few people who actually preferred Howl's Moving Castle to Spirited Away (though I think Hayao Miyazaki peaked in the My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service era), but Wallace and Gromit was easily the better film, even if it was a little slow in parts compared to the shorts (two of which were also Oscar-winning, and the one that wasn't lost to another Nick Park/Aardman short, Creature Comforts).
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit wasn't quite on par with The Incredibles last year, but nothing else was either, and I'll still give it one dancing Mink to celebrate.