Academy Award Nominations – Animation Scoop

Academy Award Nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that nominations for its 90th Annual Academy Awards. The 5 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their directors:

Best Animated Feature nominees were:

THE BOSS BABY Dreamworks-20th Century Fox. – Tom McGrath.
THE BREADWINNER GKids/Cartoon Saloon – Nora Twomey
COCO Disney/Pixar – Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina.
FERDINAND 20th Century-Fox/Blue Sky. – Carlos Saldanha.
LOVING VINCENT Good Deed Entertainment – Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman.

Best Animated Short film nominees were:

DEAR BASKETBALL Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant
GARDEN PARY Victor Claire
LOU Dave Mullens
NEGATIVE SPACE Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

REACTIONS from Filmmakers

The Director and Producer of THE BOSS BABY

‘It is truly such a thrill to be honored in a group of such diverse films. This nomination celebrates how much we all loved making The Boss Baby and the love we have for the artists that made it! Thank you, Academy!”
Tom McGrath, Director / The Boss Baby

“We are so extremely honored by this nomination and want to thank the Academy members for their support of our film and the animation community as a whole. Our film is about the belief that there’s enough love to go around – which is a wonderful idea to celebrate today!”
Ramsey Naito, Producer / The Boss Baby

The Directors of FINDING VINCENT

“This all started in an attic just before my 30th birthday, when I felt lost about what I was doing with my life. It is unbelievable that it has led to this. I am so proud we are the first Polish animation feature film to be nominated for an Oscar. I am equally proud that this year I am one of two women directors nominated in this category, which until now only had 4 women nominated out of 72 directors nominated. Maybe this is the year that we can start to change this imbalance. Most of all I am proud of my painters (over 60% of whom were women), my actors and my crew. They believed in an undertaking that many considered crazy- to paint an entire film in oil-paints on canvas by hand. I am a small part at the head of a great team of dreamers! Our dreams were sustained by Vincent, so I wish he was here so I could thank him too!”

Dorota Kobiela, Co-Director

“I couldn’t sleep last night… I was so nervous. Loving Vincent is a Polish-UK co-production. It is the not only the first Polish animation feature film nominated for an Oscar, it is the first Polish animation feature film in history animated by a woman, my wife Dorota, I am so proud of her, and grateful to her for including me on this wonderful journey as her co-writer and co-director. Also as a Brit I am very proud that this film is the first animation feature film nomination from Britain that isn’t produced by the national treasure that is Aardman! I am so grateful to the Academy for recognizing and honoring our labor of love, it really makes the world of difference to small films like ours, in amongst these $100m plus studio Goliaths. Really, their decision changes the lives of film makers like us.”

Hugh Welchman, Co-Director

The Directors and Producers of NEGATIVE SPACE
Nominated for Best Animated Short

“Thank you so much! We’re very honored to be nominated. Our entire team poured love and passion into this project, stitch-by-stitch and frame-by-frame. We could not have created this film without them and we’re overwhelmed with gratitude. It’s been a fantastic journey and we’re excited that more people will get to watch our film.”
Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter, Directors, “Negative Space”

“We are overwhelmed. This is such an honour, we want to thank all the wonderful Negative Space team and the Academy, thanks for all the support!”
Nidia Santiago and Edwina Laird, Producers, “Negative Space”

Directors and Producers of REVOLTING RHYMES
Nominated for Best Animated Short

“We’re beside ourselves right now, and just incredibly happy. Happy for the film and happy for all our fantastic collaborators here in Berlin, our producers at Magic Light, as well as our wonderful team in South Africa. It’s a pretty unreal feeling to find your labour of love has been recognised in this way. We’re deeply grateful to the Academy for this nomination. This was a hard film to make. What always steered us forward was the level of love our team had for this story – and the blessings we received from Luke Kelly, Roald Dahl’s grandson, and from the great Quentin Blake. So, for everyone’s work to receive such love in return today, it’s the most beautiful reward. When we were making the film we often didn’t have time to stop to eat – so now we’ll go to one of the restaurants we always wanted to go to, for a celebratory dinner! Thank you to the Academy for this nomination, it means the world to us!
Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, Directors of “Revolting Rhymes”

“We’re so thrilled that Revolting Rhymes has been recognised with an Oscar nomination. It’s amazing. It’s always such an honor to be recognized by the Academy in this way. The nomination is a great tribute to the brilliant work of the directors, Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, and the entire crew who worked on the film.”
Michael Rose and Martin Pope, Producers of “Revolting Rhymes”

Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck

Writer, cartoon producer and author of more than 15 books on animation history. A former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney; currently on the faculty at both CalArts in Valencia and Woodbury University in Burbank.
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