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Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson

The luck of the Irish is strong within the animation industry as four homegrown productions have picked up 10 nominations between them at this year's Annie Awards.

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

Song of the Sea - the new feature film from Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon - moved one step closer to the Academy Awards after securing seven nominations including the most competitive categories of Best Film, Script, Director and Music.

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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, Pat Shortt, Jon Kenny, Lisa Hannigan and music from Kila.

Irish short film Coda - which has been long-listed in the Best Short Film category for the Oscars - was also nominated in the short film section of the Annies.

Coda is the story of a lost soul who stumbles through Dublin. Death finds him and shows him many things.

Doc McStuffins and Peter Rabbit both picked up nominations for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children. The winners will be announced on February 1 in Los Angeles.

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