Oscar’s Animators Thrilled to Be Nominated

The nominees were announced early Thursday morning, but for the people who worked on the three best-animated feature entries the news was cause for celebration all day long.

‘We’re obviously thrilled,’ Melissa Cobb, producer and co-director of Kung Fu Panda, told AnimationMagazine.net. Cobb said the film’s hard-working crew deserves the attention. ‘So many of the people who worked on the movie are getting recognition for the quality of the work they did,’ she says.

‘I’m through the moon, it’s awesome,’ WALL’E screenwriter Andrew Stanton told Variety. ‘I was completely ecstatic about [the] original screenplay [nomination]. I worked incredibly hard at that.’

‘It’s an amazing medium and I’m so proud to be a part of the [animation] industry,’ Byron Howard, director of Bolt, told the trade. ‘It’s a small industry, so when anyone does good work, we all win.’