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Sunday 21 January 2018

Irish film ‘Song of the Sea’ loses out to Big Hero 6 at the Oscars

A still from Irish animation 'Song of the Sea which has been nominated for an Oscar.
A still from Irish animation 'Song of the Sea which has been nominated for an Oscar.
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Unfortunately the luck of the Irish was not on the side of 'Song of the Sea' as it lost out on the Best Animated Film gong.

Kilkenny based animation studio Cartoon Saloon will be going home empty handed.

Song the Sea
Song the Sea

The firm behind 'Song of the Sea', which was founded by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey, was Ireland's only hope for an Oscar this year.

It was an achievement to be incredibly proud of, as international hits such as Lego: The Movie failed to receive a nod from the Academy.

"Getting nominated means a great deal to us," animator Nora Twomey previously stated. "Not only does it raise awareness about the work we're doing, but it makes it that bit easier to get the next project off the ground."

Cartoon Saloon had also been nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for 'The Secret of Kells', but was pipped to the post by Pixar's 'Up'.

A still from Irish animation 'Song of the Sea' which has been nominated for an Oscar.
A still from Irish animation 'Song of the Sea' which has been nominated for an Oscar.
A still from Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar nominated 'Song of the Sea'

The creative talents behind the firm seem to have lived the dream during their brief stay in Los Angeles these last few days.

Paul, Tomm and Nora, along with their close family members, have been lapping up the Californian sunshine since landing on the West Coast last week.
They also attended an intimate party at the Hollywood Hills home of actress Fionnula Flanagan.

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