Loving Vincent has today been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2018 Academy Awards!
Watch the Loving Vincent crew react to the nomination announcement in slow-motion below:
Here's Loving Vincent co-director Dorota Kobiela on the nomination:
“This all started in an attic just before my 30th birthday, when I felt lost about what I was doing with my life. It's unbelievable that it has led to this. I am so proud we are the first Polish animated feature film to be nominated for an Oscar. I am equally proud that this year I am one of two female directors nominated in this category, which until now had only 4 women nominees out of all the 72 directors nominated. Maybe this is the year that we can start to change this imbalance. Most of all I am proud of my painters (over 60% of whom were women), my actors and my crew. They believed in an undertaking that many considered crazy - to paint an entire film in oil-paints on canvas by hand. I am a small part at the head of a great team of dreamers! Our dreams were sustained by Vincent, so I wish he was here so I could thank him too!”
And co-director Hugh Welchman:
“I couldn’t sleep last night… I was so nervous. Loving Vincent is a Polish-UK co-production. It is the not only the first Polish animation feature film nominated for an Oscar, it is the first Polish animation feature film in history animated by a woman, my wife Dorota, I am so proud of her, and grateful to her for including me on this wonderful journey as her co-writer and co-director. Also as a Brit I am very proud that this film is the first animation feature film nomination from Britain that isn’t produced by the national treasure that is Aardman! I am so grateful to the Academy for recognising and honouring our labour of love, it really makes the world of difference to small films like ours, in amongst these $100m plus studio Goliaths. Really, their decision changes the lives of film makers like us.”
The award winners will be announced at The 90th Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018