I agree. I am not surprised that Brave won the Oscar. I was, however, surprised that 3 stop motion films were nominated, in a way, that is a win. Congratulations to everyone that worked on those films.
I don't understand this Oscar...
Like many others, I'm taking solace in that all 3 stop-motion films released last year were nominated.
That said, do I believe Brave should have won the award? No. While it was a fine film and I'm not about to knock Pixar, it was far from their best recent work (being closer to Cars 2 than Toy Story 3).
Personally, I would have given the award to ParaNorman, what I would consider to be the new pinnacle of stop motion achievement, but I would have understood if Frankenweenie had received it instead.
By that I have absolutely nothing but the top most respect for Pirates: Band of Misfits, but I didn't think the story brought enough new to the table.
What surprised me almost more than Brave winning the award is the outcry I have seen on numerous other sites declaring that Wreck It Ralph was somehow robbed. It was an entertaining movie and a new twist on an old story, but I felt it relied too much on nostalgia and if my childhood arcade memories weren't included in the film, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. Not to mention, do arcades even exist anymore?!?
In the end, I can't get too upset as I rarely agree with the awards for ANY category... so why should the one I care the most about be any different?
The fact that 2012's stop motion films went 3 for 3 in their nominations and beat out numerous top level animated films is an amazing achievement and will hopefully be enough to make Hollywood take notice.
I was disappointed with the animated short section as well - Paperman won primarily based on its technical aspects - the short itself is rather bland.
There was a period of time (in the '80's) when Clay Animation was all the rage.
Thanks primarily to the Noid and the California Raisins - both from Will Vinton's studio. After those two ad campaigns hit, there was tons of stop motion being produced for years!