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Academy Award Nominations for Animation

Academy Award Nominations for Animation

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning. The five nominees for Best Animated Feature were

Big Hero 6 (Walt Disney Animation Studios) Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli

• The Boxtrolls (Laika) Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight

How To Train Your Dragon 2 (Dreamworks Animation) Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold

Song Of The Sea (Cartoon Saloon) Tomm Moore and Paul Young

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya (Studio Ghibli) Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

The five nominees for Best Animated Short are…

• The Bigger Picture, Daisy Jacobs, director, and Christopher Hees, producer (National Film and Television School)

• The Dam Keeper
 Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, directors (Tonko House)

• Feast Patrick Osborne, director, and Kristina Reed, producer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)

• Me and My Moulton Torill Kove, director (Mikrofilm in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada)

• A Single Life Joris Oprins, director (Job, Joris & Marieke)

Also of note, The Lego Movie was nominated for its song “Everything Is Awesome”.

It was a great year for animated features – and shorts. I’m not surprised by what was nominated – I’m more surprised by what was not (The Lego Movie, The Book Of Life, Duet, etc.). Still a fine list (including one stop motion and two hand drawn features). Congratulations to all!

The Academy Award winners will be announced on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015.


Best Animated Short Film — Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, THE DAM KEEPER
“On behalf of the crew of The Dam Keeper, thank you to the Academy! Making The Dam Keeper has already been such a rewarding experience.  Being nominated is beyond our wildest filmmaking dreams.  We are humbled to be in the company of such great films and thankful to be able to share our love for filmmaking with our follow nominees and this amazing community of filmmakers.”

Best Animated Short Film – Patrick Osborne, FEAST

“In a year with so many beautiful animated shorts, we are surprised, humbled, thrilled to be included among the nominees by the Academy.  Making “Feast” alongside my favorite artists and best friends at Disney Animation was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  It is their hard work and talent that made the film what it is and I am so excited to share this nomination with them.

“Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Director – on behalf of himself, Director Chris Williams and Producer Roy Conli

“As kids growing up in Canada and Iowa, Chris and I both dreamt of becoming Disney animators.  Never could we have imagined that, one day, we would get to make a film like Big Hero 6, and that one day, the film and all of the talented artists who made it would be recognized by the Academy. Roy, Chris and I are deeply honored by the nomination and thank everyone at Disney Animation who made this possible.”

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois, Writer / Director
“When you work in animation, a moment like this only comes around about once every four years, and the anticipation leading up to this morning is like Christmas Eve all over again…not being able to sleep, having lucid dreams!   And then when you hear your film called out – by JJ Abrams no less – it just doesn’t get any better.   Thank you, Academy!    I’m so honored to be in the company of such a talented group of nominees and so very proud our entire cast and the over 400 artists at DreamWorks Animation who made all of this possible.” 
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” Bonnie Arnold Producer
“I could not be more thrilled for our artists by this recognition from the Academy and just so proud of our fearless leader, writer / director Dean DeBlois.    There is a great line from the script that Cate Blanchett’s character says to Hiccup:  ‘You have the heart of a chief and the soul of a dragon.’  The same can be said of our entire cast and crew.   They are the soul of this movie and we could not have gotten this far without each and every one of them; they make my job such a pleasure!”

“THE BOXTROLLS” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best animated feature film of the year- Academy Awards

“One word – HONORED! We are honored and humbled to accept this nomination in recognition of our amazingly talented cast and crew – the artists, actors, craftspeople, and freaks who brought The Boxtrolls to life. We are eternally grateful to them and to our fearless leaders, producers Travis Knight and David Bleiman Ichioka, for making it all possible. Thank you so much, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, for including us in this great list of nominees! We would be thrilled to sit in the dark and clap for any one of them.”

— Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, directors of THE BOXTROLLS, Academy Award nominee(s) for Best Animated Feature Film

“THE BOXTROLLS” (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best animated feature film of the year- Academy Awards

“What an odd and lovely way to greet the day. I’m overjoyed that the Academy has honored us with this nomination. Cobbled together over well-nigh a decade, THE BOXTROLLS was a labor of unwavering love crafted one frame at a time by a superb community of actors, artists, mad geniuses, steely-eyed pragmatists, and starry-eyed dreamers. I’m so pleased with the recognition of their artistry. It shows that original stories are valued, along with the weird people who make them.”

— Travis Knight, producer of THE BOXTROLLS, Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature Film

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