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Kubo, Moana & Zootopia Nominated For Oscars

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Kubo and the Two Strings

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its official nominations list for this year’s Oscars, and between the 874th and 875th mentions of La La Land you can find a short list for Best Animated Feature. DreamWorks Animation was completely shut out, and those jabbering yellow things never even got through the gate, but Disney was given double noms for both of its 2016 animated features, Zootopia and Moana.

Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings also made the cut, as well as two smaller films, The Red Turtle and My Life As A Zucchini. Travis Knight, director of Kubo, said he was now “over the moon!  An Academy Award nomination is an extraordinary and cherished gift. Every filmmaker dreams of a moment like this.  But the truth is, I already lived my dream by making this film. Movies have always given me great joy. They enriched my life.  They inspired me to dream.  That’s the kind of film our team at LAIKA sought to make with KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS.”

“A film is a slice of a hundred souls.  In this case many more.  An incredible, immense community of artists gave ceaselessly and selflessly to breathe life into this story.  I’m so thankful for their talents and efforts and so proud of what we’ve done together.  I’m profoundly grateful to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who somehow saw fit to include us among the finest storytellers in film.  It is a tremendous honor to stand alongside them.”

Kubo also received a nomination in the Visual Effects category, which makes it the first animated movie to be nominated for that Oscar since The Nightmare Before Christmas.

UPDATE: Toonzone has received reaction statements from several of the animation-related nominees for Academy Awards.

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Focus Features) – Nominee, Best Animated Feature Film – Academy Awards
“I’m over the moon!  An Academy Award nomination is an extraordinary and cherished gift.  Two nominations is more than anyone could hope for.  Every filmmaker dreams of a moment like this.  But the truth is, I already lived my dream by making this film. Movies have always given me great joy. They enriched my life.  They inspired me to dream.  That’s the kind of film our team at LAIKA sought to make with KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS.  A film is a slice of a hundred souls.  In this case many more.  An incredible, immense community of artists gave ceaselessly and selflessly to breathe life into this story.  I’m so thankful for their talents and efforts and so proud of what we’ve done together.  I’m profoundly grateful to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who somehow saw fit to include us among the finest storytellers in film.  It is a tremendous honor to stand alongside them.” – Travis Knight, Academy Award nominee as director and producer of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS, Best Animated Feature Film

STEVE EMERSON, OLIVER JONES, BRIAN MCLEAN & BRAD SCHIFF – KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (Focus Features) – Nominees, Achievement in Visual Effects – Academy Awards
“As much as Kubo and the Two Strings is an homage to Japanese culture and to woodblock artists including Kiyoshi Saito, it is also a tribute to special effects pioneers Ray Harryhausen, Willis O’Brien, Jim Danforth, and the many innovative FX artists who tell stories using in-camera effects, puppets, and human hands. We’re thrilled for the artists at LAIKA who put years into realizing Kubo. For all of us at the studio, being recognized alongside such distinguished and talented members of the VFX community is truly an honor.” – Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean & Brad Schiff, Academy Award nominees for Achievement in Visual Effects (KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS)

“BORROWED TIME” – Nominee, Best Animated Short Film
“We set out 6 years ago to make a very different film from ‘Borrowed Time.’ We stumbled and failed and picked each other up along the way, with the goal of simply making something that would find its audience. What started as a group of friends making a film for the love of it has turned out to be the journey of a lifetime. Never was the prospect of attending the Oscars in our minds. But here we are. We are so deeply grateful for this nomination!” — Directors Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Producer Amanda Deering Jones

“PEARL” – Nominee, Best Animated Short Film
“I continue to feel proud of the world wide team of artists and coders that made PEARL a reality.  Thanks especially to the pirates of Google ATAP for rallying behind our little labor of love and thanks to the Academy for this morning’s recognition!” — Patrick Osborne, Director of “Pearl”

“We are incredibly honored by this morning’s nomination of our PEARL. PEARL is dedicated for all parents and those that create beauty and possibility out of everyday life.  Thanks to the Academy and the heart and spirit behind Google Spotlight Stories and our global crew that made it possible.” — David Eisenmann, Producer of “Pearl”