The Oscar nominations awards have been released today. All the nominees from best animation short film are European: French roast (France) , Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (Ireland), The Lady and the Reaper (Spain), Logorama, (France) and A matter of Loaf and Death (England).
Europe Animation has also been present in the Best Animation Film category with The Secret of Kells (Ireland). Cartoon Saloon, founded in 1999 by Paul Young and Tom Moore, is the company behind this film and is currently developing three new projects: Song of the Sea, Skunk Fu! The Movie and Bluebeard, according to its website. The rest of nominees for this category are: Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Up which is also been nominated for best film, best writing, best sound mixing and best music with Fantastic Mr. Fox competing for the same award.
Avatar counts with nine nominations, including best film and best director. This is the first year since 1943 that the best film category has 10 nominees instead of the usual five. “After more than six decades, the Academy is returning to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award of the year,” said AMPAS president Sid Ganis. “The final outcome, of course, will be the same—one Best Picture winner—but the race to the finish line will feature 10, not just five, great movies from 2009.”
Full nominations listed below: