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Every year, typically a few weeks to a month before the Academy Awards, there is usually a televised press conference broadcast (usually in the morning), in which the nominees for the Academy Awards is broadcast. Fans of movies, actors and actresses from all over the country watch and wait to hear their favorites get nominated for the awards that they feel they most deserve. Well, this event took place just this morning, and we are Retro Game Network where very happy that our good old Ralph wasn’t left behind, when “Wreck-It Ralph” received a single nomination, for Best Animated Feature.

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While this isn’t his first time at the Oscars (he was in attendance back in 1989), this would mark the very first that director Rich Moore has actually been nominated for an Academy Award, and he has had quite a lot to say about the achievement already. As his name was announced, Moore says:

“My jaw hit the floor, it might have wrecked my knee as it dropped. All is well, but I might have a hairline fracture in my jaw from hitting the floor.”

He also took the opportunity to have a little fun with the entire situation, even talking about the possibility of bringing a popular video game icon with him as his date:

“I’ve been talking to Ms. Pac-Man as a date. She’s back on the market. She and Mr. Pac-Man split up years ago. It’s been under wraps. I’m going to have to bring some dots to lead her on the red carpet. That sounds like a lot of work.”

And of course, you have to know how to dress, since everyone will be critiquing the outfits of nearly everybody:

“I’m already worried about what I’m going to wear, especially the shoes. I have a tuxedo, but I don’t know if it’s good enough. Maybe I should get the Oscar tux, whatever that is.”

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While being nominated is truly an honor in itself, we now keep our fingers crossed to see if Ralph was good enough to win the statue. The other films that “Wreck-It Ralph” are going up against, are Frankenweenie, The Pirates, Paranorman and Brave.

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But if that wasn’t enough news, we also have something else to add to the mix. Not only did “Wreck-It Ralph” receive an Oscar nomination, but “Paperman”, the animated short that was released alongside of Ralph, also received a nomination for “Best Animated Short Film”! So it looks like November 2, 2012 could have been a busy day for the Academy, and an exciting day for both Rich Moore and John Kahrs, who directed “Paperman”.

The 85th Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC affiliates across the country, on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 7pm Eastern, 4pm Pacific. Check local listings for actual start time and stations.