"Ratatouille" Nabs More Awards Over the Weekend
As award season continues to unfold, Ratatouille continues to pick up prizes. The Brad Bird film beat The Simpson Movie and Shrek the Third at the Writers Guild Awards on Sunday night to snare the prize for best writing in an animated film. In the United Kingdom, it beat the same two films to win the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for Best Animated Feature Film.
In the United States, Ratatouille composer Michael Giacchino won a Grammy in the “Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media” category.
Ratatouille also picked up three awards at the Visual Effects Society’s VES Awards, with Colette being named the best animated character in an animated motion picture and the film’s food cited as best effect in an animated motion picture. The film as a whole was recognized for best supporting visual effects in a motion picture.
Other animation-related projects honored over the weekend include Transformers, which picked up four VES Awards, including best visual effects in a visual effects driven motion picture. Davy Jones of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was named best animated character in a live action motion picture, and Chemical Brothers’ “Salomon Dance” was named best animated character in a live action broadcast program or commercial.
Aardman Animation Studios’ “The Pearce Sisters” won for Best Short Animation at both the WGA and BAFTA.
Finally, Jeff Westbrook won the WGA award in the animation category for “Kill Gil Volumes 1 & 2” on The Simpsons.