First paragraph or two of that article is kinda right. The rest is not.
"WALL-E" is a very good film. But it's not the best film of the last year. If you think that WALL-E is the best film of the last year then you must be some kind of animation nerd who hasn't seen too many live action movies last year, and subsequently aren't apt to say which film is the best in the first place. Frankly, WALL-E might not even be the best animated film of the last year.
Personally, I think that separate category for animated films has some merits. Like someone said, animation is the whole different world of techniques. Primarily, there are different things to be appreciated in animation than in live action. For one, in live action movie you'll never give consideration to how realistic the movements are.
Yes, borders between live action and nomination are being blurred, but that's not the reason not to have that category. If anything, it's sad that most of animated films are being made in CG because the painterly quality of classic animation is lost. CG is much more similar in quality to live action, but if there were more classic animation films made, then the reason for existence of this category would be more obvious.
Whether animated films should be considered for major awards, I personally think yes, but I'm torn about it.
I always get pissed off when non-english speaking films are being nominated for major awards. If Oscars are being anknowledged as an award for films in english language, then it has some chance for relevance. But when it nominateds non-english films, it's moving out of it's turf where it simply stands no chance, for one because it never considers african or ever asian, mid-eastern cinematography - hell it doesn't even consider entire European cinematography (and isn't too keen on following American independent film either). Films that are nominated are strictly those that are distributed in USA or slated to be distributed, and that's very small, practically insignificant part of most Hollywoody-like movies. Oscars don't stand a chance in being a relevant award for fovies in all languages, so it shouldn't try in the first place.
Similarly, if Oscars are anknowledged as an award primarily for live-action movies then it's understandable why animated movies are not included. If they claim pretense on being award for all kind of movies, then animation should be considered, but also documentary and children movies because, duh, those can be good movies too. I think, though, that it's implied that Oscars are mainly an award for adult, live-action, fictional movies in english language.
Of course, we all know that Oscars suck so why should we be annoyed about it anyway.
Slumdog Millionaire was an ok movie, entertaining and heartfelt, I'd definitely reccomend it. It was not the best, luckily, otherwise it would be a really poor year. The "mix between Hollywood and Bollywood sensibility" angle is overplayed because film has nothing of Bollywood sensibility at all, except for one hommage at the end. That film is top to bottom Hollywood movie, regardless of where it's made.
It bothered me how, compared to the book, they added a lot of stereotypical genre elements, thinking, probably, that audience wouldn't be interested in seeing a movie without romance and thriller and stuff. Stronger moment of the book, how his entire life is sublimed into one moment, is downplayed in favour of "true love" and "gangster wars" and that kind of stuff.
It was a very obvious candidate for Oscars though, because:
a) it's a sentimental rags-to-riches story and those always get Oscars and
b) it flatters Oscars and audience for it's multicultural nature. Now they look like some kind of erudites. Now they think that they know what living in India is like.
"Benjamine Button" was not too good, overall week and unconvincing. When there's no excessive violence, that little edge that Fincher's movies had is gone. It seems like bringing in Brad Pitt was his main concern, because only with Pitt his films actually get noticed. You should have heard female audience in theatre when he appeared as a young man, there was one collective "aaaahhh" and that seems to be about the only point movie has.
Vicky Christina Barcelona was far superior movie to both of those. All Hollywood writers should watch it in vain hope that they'll one day actually learn how to write. I thought there were much more impressive roles than Penelopa's in there, though.