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2014 Academy Award Nominees Announced (UPDATED with Reaction Statements)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for a 2014 Academy Award. Categories with an animated film in contention are:

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • The Croods (DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc)
  • Despicable Me 2 (Universal/Illumination Entertainment)
  • Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS/La Parti Productions/Les Armateurs)
  • Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) (Studio Ghibli)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

  • “Feral” – Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
  • “Get a Horse!” – Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
  • “Mr. Hublot” – Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
  • “Possessions” – Shuhei Morita
  • “Room on the Broom” – Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone
    Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
  • “Happy” from Despicable Me 2
    Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
  • “Let It Go” from Frozen
    Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • “The Moon Song” from Her
    Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
  • “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
    Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

In a related story, the Academy will be paying tribute to cinematic heroes in this year’s Oscar ceremony, which will include historical heroes (Gandhi, Silkwood), superheroes (Superman, The Dark Knight), animated heroes (Shrek, The Incredibles), action heroes (Seven Samurai, Gladiator), literary heroes (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Grapes of Wrath), and more.

The 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 2, 2014.

UPDATED 15:02 (ET): Toonzone has received reaction statements from the directors and producers of “Room on the Broom” and from the director of “Possessions” on their Oscar nominations:

FROM MAX LANG AND JAN LACHAUER, DIRECTORS, “ROOM ON THE BROOM”
“This is incredible! We tried not to think about the possibility of getting nominated and kept telling each other, this won’t happen…and now…it really did happen! We would like to thank the Academy in the name of the whole team that worked incredibly hard on making this film. This nomination means a lot to us and we’re so happy our film made it this far.”

FROM MICHAEL ROSE AND MARTIN POPE, PRODUCERS, “ROOM ON THE BROOM”
“I was in a meeting about our next production and Martin was at a lunch when our office called with the amazing news. We’re completely thrilled and delighted. It’s a great honour for the film, and we’re so grateful to our brilliant directors Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, and everyone who worked so hard to make the film.”

FROM SHUHEI MORITA, DIRECTOR, “POSSESSIONS” (“TSUKUMO-GAMI”)
“It is a godsend! We are so glad that “Possessions” has been nominated and will be seen by a lot of people. I’ve struggled for the past few years about “What is my anime style?” But “Possessions” is a piece in which I realized that I was satisfied with myself to be able to honestly put my soul in it. With just a few staff, we brainstormed some ideas off each other to come up with this film. We are so glad that such a title is accepted in the world. We are a bit nervous but looking forward to the final awards ceremony come March 2nd.”

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