updated 09:15 am EST, Mon February 23, 2009
WALL-E wins Oscar
Pixar's WALL-E won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony, defeating competition from Bolt and Kung Fu Panda. The movie -- about a robot left on Earth after an environmental apocalypse -- was also nominated for Original Screenplay, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Song awards, but lost to movies such as Milk and The Dark Knight. The dominant title at the Oscars was Slumdog Millionaire, which took home Best Picture and Best Director trophies among others.
WALL-E's director, Andrew Stanton, specifically thanked Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his acceptance speech, crediting him for providing a "cinema safe haven" where his movie could be produced. Jobs was formerly in charge of Pixar, and though he left that role following the studio's absorption into Disney, he now serves on the latter company's board of directors. He is also the largest individual shareholder of Disney stock, with 7.4 percent. Pixar movies continue to be featured prominently at the iTunes Store.