'Song of the Sea' moves closer to Academy Awards in race for Oscars

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by Mary Cody - mary.cody@kilkennypeople.ie

‘Song of the Sea’, the new feature film from Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon, moved one step closer to the Academy Awards this week having secured seven Annie Award nominations, the animation industry’s Academy Award equivalent.

Directed by Tomm Moore, with development and production support from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB), ‘Song of the Sea’ is Cartoon Saloon’s follow-up to the Academy Award-nominated feature ‘The Secret of Kells’ and features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Lisa Hannigan and music from Kila. The film was nominated in seven categories including the most competitive categories of Best Film, Script, Director and Music.

The Annie Awards are one of the highest honours given for excellence in animation and are often a useful indicator of Oscar success in the Best Animated Film category.

Commenting on the news James Hickey, Chief Executive, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) said “As the largest funder for Irish animation content in the country we are delighted to see the Irish animation industry receive so many international plaudits. Universally acclaimed by critics to date “Song of the Sea” tells a beautiful story based on Irish mythology and children worldwide will have an opportunity to see the film as it is rolled out in cinemas across the globe over the next few months.”

Song of the Sea has been nominated in the following categories: Best Animated Feature, Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production (Tomm Moore, Marie Thorhauge, Rosa Ballester Cabo, Sandra Andersen), Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production (Tomm Moore), Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production (Bruno Coulais and Kila), Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production (Adrien Merigeau), Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production (Will Collins) and Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production (Darragh Byrne).

The award winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

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