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French César Nominations Announced


César award

France’s national film awards- the Césars- have been announced. With two animation categories, it is not unlike the Academy Awards, except the entrants are limited to French films. The ceremony will take place in Paris on February 26 at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

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Oscar Nominees Are Announced


Academy Award Oscar

Awards season is upon us, an the grand-daddy of all the awards shows announced their nominees early this morning. At 5:30 am, John Krasinski, Guillermo Del Toro & Ang Lee announced the selected few at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Conspicuous by their absence are any films from Disney and DreamWorks; this years animation nominees show more of a foreign film blend than we have seen in previous years. Overall, Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant was the big winner overall, taking in 11 total nominations. Jennifer Lawrence became the youngest woman- at 24- to garner four Best Actress nominations.

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2015 Student Academy Award Winners Announced


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscar

The Academy has announced this years medalists for the Student Academy Award. The medalists in the animation category are An Object at Rest, Soar, and Taking the Plunge. The specific placement for the films- gold, silver, and bronze- will be announced on September 17 at an awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California. Animated shorts also showed up in the alternative category, with Chiaroscuro and Zoe both also placing there.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Release Imminent


Guardians of the Galaxy

The premiere of Marvel / Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy is imminent on Disney XD… and sneak peaks are already airing. A series of animated short peaks that preview the series have already started airing on Disney XD. There will be a full advance preview on September 5, with the full one-hour premiere following on September 26.

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Animated Worlds at Viewster


animated worlds

Viewster Online Film Festival 5 presents Animated Worlds from March 12-26 this year. Featuring over 140 entries from 37 different countries, each with a chance of winning some of the $50,000 prize…

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Hertzfeldts World Best Cartoon Short at Sundance


World of Tomorrow

Independent- and solo- animation film maker Don Hertzfeldt has won the best short film jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The prestigious award is all the more stunning in that Sundance does not segregate it’s animation short award from the other shorts- Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow (which premiered at the…

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Oscar Animation Film Nominees List 2015


Academy Award Oscar

This morning the nominees for 24 categories of the Academy Awards were announced in Beverly Hills by the president of the Academy Cheryl Boone Issacs, Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron. Among the surprises was the lack of a nomination for Warner Bros. The Lego Movie, though we are not crying much about that…

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Lost Disney Cartoon Found… In Norway


Lost Disney Film

Were you expecting a Christmas present  from Walt Disney and the frozen North this year? Well get ready, because that is exactly what is under the tree. Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short Empty Socks– long considered a lost film- was recently found in a library almost at the Arctic circle. The short, released just…

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Ten Shorts That Could Be Oscar Material


Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences- you know, the Oscar people- have released a short list of the ten short animated films that this years nominees will be drawn from. These ten were taken from fifty-eight shorts originally submitted for consideration. Disney made the list, but Pixar was snubbed for the second year…

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