An Honor to be Nominated: Oscar Hopefuls React to Good News!

It’s been a busy morning for the animation and vfx race nominees. We were lucky enough to get some first-hand reactions from a few of them: Here is a round-up of those and others we found in the trades this morning:

Henry Selick, director, Coraline:

‘I’m feeling quite wonderful’it’s a once-in-a-lifetime feeling, especially to be nominated in a year that so many fantastic animated movies were nominated. This morning, I’ve been staying at a motel in Berkeley, Calif., as I’m on the road for business. So I was hovering over my lumpy bed and crossing my fingers as I watched the news on TV. Tonight I’ll celebrate with some friends who worked on Coraline with me and I’ll celebrate with my family on Thursday.

‘I really can’t put my finger on why the movie has struck a chord, but I think part of the appeal was that it told a different kind of a story, and had a classic scariness, like the early Disney films. The look of the film, the vocal performances, the blue hair’those were some of the elements that made the film different.’

Wes Anderson, director, Fantastic Mr. Fox:

“I am very honored to have received a an Oscar nomination for Fantastic Mr. Fox. Roald Dahl’s classic story has been one of my favorite books since I first learned to read, and it was an amazing experience to work with my many, many very skilled collaborators and bring it to life as a stop-motion film! I would like to congratulate Alexandre Desplat, who wrote our wonderful score, for his nomination as well.”

Tomm Moore, director, The Secret of Kells :

” Being nominated was a huge surprise and I want to give big kudos to all the crew and everyone involved , and especially to our friends in America who did so much work as volunteers to spread the good word out there.”

Raul Garcia, producer, The Lady and the Reaper:

The Lady and the Reaper is a short film produced by Kandor Moon studios after the success of ‘The Missing Lynx”. It was part of the program to foster new talent and experiment new animation tools for the studio’s next project Goleor. We are very proud to have the short recognized by the Academy. It is the first animated stereoscopic film ever made in Spain. The short was directed by Javier Recio and produced by Antonio Banderas, Manuel Sicilia, Enrique Postner and myself. The challenge for me was recreate the frantic rhythm of the all Tex Avery films with CGI animation and at the same time tell a relevant story through humor. I love the style of the film its very crisp animation. I think, beyond the amazing technical accomplishment of the film, the short has heart and deals with a serious subject.’

Fabrice O. Joubert, director, French Roast:

‘I was working in the Paris studio with the rest of the team at Bibo Films on the upcoming movie A Monster in Paris, and we stopped and watched the Internet to see if the short was nominated. It was quite a surprise, and I am so excited to be nominated, especially since this is my first film. Everyone at the studio was cheering. I’m very proud of the whole team and the amazing work they did on the project. I’m not sure why the film has been so popular, perhaps it’s because it’s really an animator’s film. It’s about strong characterizations and using the medium to tell the story with good visual design. I’m also indebted to our character designer Nicolas Marlet who brought so much to the film.’

Pete Docter, writer/director, Up:

“It’s pretty groundbreaking and we work so hard on the story. It reflects the way we look at these films — not as animated or kid films but films. They have the same responsibility or expectation of any other film.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

Joe Letteri, vfx supervisor, Avatar:

‘It feels great, because it’s not just visual effects but nine nominations for the whole film. That really is a validation for the whole process we started four years ago. And all the scientific and technical advancements we had to come up with to make it work.” I think there is more of an acceptance of the technology. There is still a lot of confusion about the performance. There are questions that I think a lot of people still have to come to grips with. … I think you will see a lot more films created with this technique.” [Variety, The Hollywood Reporter]

Nicky Phelan, director, Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty:

‘Short films are a labor of love and production was fit around everyone’s day job of TV production’ a lot of late evenings and weekends went into Granny! Now that the film has done really well at international film festivals, and with the added boost from the Oscar nomination, it’s gratifying to think of audiences all over the world enjoying it.’

John Lasseter, exec producer Up, The Princess and the Frog:

“This is a great moment for all of us in the animation community, and we’re all so incredibly proud that Up has been nominated by the Academy in three key categories, especially the best picture category. This milestone achievement is a great tribute to the filmmaking talents of director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera and the entire team at Pixar, who worked so hard to create such wonderfully entertaining characters and develop an original story that was filled with emotion, humor, adventure and excitement. We’re equally proud that The Princess and the Frog, our latest hand-drawn animated feature from Disney, has been recognized in the best animated feature film and best song categories. With its fantastic animation, original characters, memorable music and beautiful artistry, it ranks along with the studio’s very best efforts.” [Variety]

Alexandre Desplat, composer, Fantastic Mr. Fox:

“Being nominated three times in four years is unbelievable. Wes [Anderson] is crazy. I think he’s more crazy than I am, which seems strange. Fox is such a creative film, from every element to the music. We spent a lot of time working on it. I’m very lucky. [Variety]

Michael Giacchino, composer, Up:

“It’s exciting for me to see ‘Up’ nominated as best picture as well because I think it shows the power of storytelling of that film. I think it says if you tell a great story and that no matter what genre you’re in, you’ll get recognized. Tonight, I’ll be watching Lost. [He's also the composer for the TV series!] It’s been a very busy awards season, and a quiet night is a good night.” [Variety]