The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and five nominees for Best Animated Feature were:
The Croods Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson (Dreamworks/Fox)
Despicable Me 2 Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri (Illumination/Universal)
Ernest & Celestine Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner (Les Amateurs/GKids)
Frozen Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho (Disney)
The Wind Rises Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki (Studio Ghibli)
“Happy” from Despicable Me 2 and “Let It Go” from Frozen were nominated for Best Song.
Nominated for Best animated short film were:
Feral Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
Get a Horse! Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
Mr. Hublot Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
Possessions Shuhei Morita
Room on the Broom Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
The Academy Award winners will be announced on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014.
From directors Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho - "Frozen"
“Frozen’s journey has gone beyond our wildest dreams. We thank the Academy for this honor
and look forward to celebrating the nominations with our crew at Disney Animation today.”
From director Lauren MacMullan and producer Dorothy McKim - "Get A Horse!"
"On behalf of the small but mighty crew of hand-drawn and CG artists from Get A Horse!, we
want to express our deepest gratitude to the Academy for the nomination. We
hoped the short would be seen as a love letter to Mickey, to Walt and to the
magic of cinema, and have been overwhelmed by the response."
From writer/director Kirk DeMicco - "The Croods"
“Today’s Oscar nomination is without a doubt the icing on the cake of an eight-year labor of love. We set out to make a film that everyone in the family – especially fathers – can relate to: a story about the power of change. You’d think as an Oscar hopeful I’d be up at 5:30 AM glued to my television, but instead I was in the nursery of my 10 month old twins experiencing the real power of change – that of diapers. This film has taken the work of over 300 talented artists at DreamWorks Animation to produce and on behalf of our entire crew, I send a huge thank-you to the Academy and raise a baby bottle in toast to our fellow nominees!”
From writer/director Chris Sanders – “The Croods”
“The challenge of building the world of The Croods was that our reference disappeared a few million years ago. Croods was woven from pure imagination. This nomination is an acknowledgement and reward to the hundreds of artists who worked so hard to bring this very human story to life. On behalf of the entire Croods team, we wish to thank the Academy for this incredible honor.”
From producer Kristine Belson – “The Croods”
“Wow… WOW! I’m so thrilled and so grateful to the Academy. But mostly, I’m so very proud on behalf of our incredible team of artists who crafted this film, our amazing voice cast, and most of all of our writer/directors Chris and Kirk. They made a movie that was both hilarious and moving and I feel damn lucky to be part of this remarkable team.”
From Shuhei Morita, director (short) – “Possessions”
“It is a godsend! We are so glad that Possessions has been nominated and will be seen by a lot of people. I’ve struggled for the past few years about “What is my anime style?” But Possessions is a piece in which I realized that I was satisfied with myself to be able to honestly put my soul in it. With just a few staff, we brainstormed some ideas off each other to come up with this film. We are so glad that such a title is accepted in the world. We are a bit nervous but looking forward to the final awards ceremony come March 2nd.”
From directors Max Lang and Jan Lanchauer, directors (short) – “Room On The Broom”
“This is incredible! We tried not to think about the possibility of getting nominated and kept telling each other, this won’t happen…and now…it really did happen! We would like to thank the Academy in the name of the whole team that worked incredibly hard on making this film. This nomination means a lot to us and we’re so happy our film made it this far.”
From directors Michael Rose and Martin Pope, producers (short) – “Room On The Broom”
“I was in a meeting about our next production and Martin was at a lunch when our office called with the amazing news. We’re completely thrilled and delighted. It’s a great honour for the film, and we’re so grateful to our brilliant directors Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, and everyone who worked so hard to make the film.”