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90th Academy Awards – animation category nominee reactions

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A number of Animation Category nominated filmmakers have responded to today’s 90th Academy Awards announcement.

Hot on the heels of a Golden Globe nomination as well as multiple Annie Award and Canadian Screen Award nominations, Cartoon Saloon‘s latest feature film The Breadwinner is among the 2018 Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature.

I am absolutely thrilled that The Academy has nominated The Breadwinner for Best Animated Feature. At a time when women’s voices are coming to the forefront, the story of a young girl using her voice for what she believes in is more relevant than ever.

-Nora Twomey (Director, The Breadwinner)

Among the Best Animated Short nominees is Negative Space from Baltimore-based studio Tiny Inventions.

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 Liard (Producers, Negative Space)

Read Skwigly’s interview with directors Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter on the making of Negative Space here.

Also in the running for Best Animated Short is Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer’s adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl anthology Revolting Rhymes, produced by Magic Light Pictures.

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, 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, Revolting Rhymes)

Hear our podcast interview with producer Michael Rose in episode 65 of the Skwigly Animation Podcast (stream below or direct download:

You can also learn about the award-winning orchestral score to Revolting Rhymes from composer Ben Locket in episode 2 of Animation Composed (Stream below or direct download):

See the full list of 90th Academy Award Animation Category nominees and participate in our readers’ poll here

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Lewis Heriz
@themooks @skwigly Yeah! That's when it becomes << actual magic >>
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James Howard
@lewisheriz @skwigly That first time you see it move is such a buzz and then you add sound and it just enters a whole new stratosphere.
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Lewis Heriz
@themooks @skwigly I know it's kind of obvious, but I used to see it as 'important but secondary'. I don't see it as secondary any more.
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James Howard
@lewisheriz @skwigly Sound does bring it to life.
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