Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, & Josh Cooley
Original story by Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen

FILM SYNOPSIS: When 11-year-old Riley and her parents move to a new city, it’s up to Riley’s five main emotions — Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust — to help her adjust. Joy and Sadness are accidentally launched on a journey through Riley’s brain to preserve her core memories, and as the duo races back to Headquarters, Fear, Anger and Disgust must figure out how to guide Riley.

The reason “Inside Out” lands in the Best Original Screenplay category is because it really does deal with themes that are understood by parents and children alike. Depression is a diagnosis that is often heard but it rarely understood, and with some brilliantly designed characters and some expertly crafted situations, it takes an animated film to spell it out for us. With the complexity of emotions being made simple enough for a child to understand, you’re damn right that credit should be given to the writers. Pete Docter, one of the writers and directors, is no stranger to these complex emotional films, with his previous nominations including “Up” and “Toy Story,” which are easily two of the best animated features of all-time. Bridging a gap between generations, the writing of “Inside Out” grasps its subject matter astutely and forms a world out of the things that before we only used to imagine. Because the idea of little beings in our mind controlling how we feel is not a new idea. But re-purposing those voices in our heads to be the characters in “Inside Out” was absolutely brilliant.

What’s its competition? “Inside Out” may be all but locked in the Best Animated Feature category due to its competent and revelatory original screenplay, but unfortunately for it, there are several other screenplays that seem to have the advantage, especially with Best Picture nominations. “Spotlight” has been winning writing awards across the board, and being one of the three films being considered front-runners in the Best Picture category, that leaves “Inside Out” on the outside. Also don’t count out the Academy’s love for the Coen Brothers and with their work on “Bridge Of Spies,” a film that might not be represented with any other wins outside of screenplay, that could also be an alternative. Also, the wholly original science fiction drama “Ex Machina” could pull out a “Her” sized win as the daring and popular, emotionally rich film of the year. Regardless, “Inside Out” lands on the out skirts of being considered, but will be too busy celebrating its Best Animated Feature win to really take notice of this loss.

Previous nominations? These are the first Academy Award nominations for Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley and Ronnie del Carmen. Including his nomination this year for Animated Feature, this is the eighth Academy Award nomination for Pete Docter. He was previously nominated for:

  • UP (2009)
    Winner, Animated Feature Film
  • UP (2009)
    Nominee, Writing (Original)
  • WALL-E (2008)
    Nominee, Writing (Original)
  • MIKE’S NEW CAR (2002)
    Nominee, Short Film (Animated)
  • MONSTERS, INC. (2001)
    Nominee, Animated Feature Film
  • TOY STORY (1995)
    Nominee, Writing (Original)


“Inside Out” (2015) Trailer:

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// Produced by Jonas Rivera // Directed by Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen //
// Dated Viewed: Saturday, February 6th, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  16 films – 23 days //

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