LONDON – The National Film And Television School continued to uphold its track record of producing animation projects that garner Oscar recognition.
The British school was trumpeting Thursday’s Oscar nomination for animated short film Head Over Heels from students Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly.
The short, which captures the emotional distance between a long-married husband and wife, is the third NFTS film to be nominated in the animated short film category since 2005.
Reckart, who wrote and directed the nominated short, described being nominated for an Oscar.
“It’s such a great honor. We are so glad that this news will bring our film to more audiences around the world!” Reckart said.
The pair will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of four times Oscar-winning animator Nick Park, himself a graduate of the NFTS.
Park’s fellow Aardman Animations production stable mate (and co-founder of the British animation powerhouse) Peter Lord also secured an Oscar nomination for The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, in the animation feature film category.
British Film Institute director Ben Roberts said: “It’s also particularly great to see the U.K.’s world-leading animation sector in the spotlight today. Our stop motion specialists are showcased in two films in the best animated feature category, with east London’s Three Mills Studios the home for Frankenweenie and Bristol’s unstoppable Aardman Animations behind The Pirates! Our up and coming animators are also represented, with Head Over Heels flying the flag for the U.K. in the best animated short category. I wish all the nominees the very best of luck for the ceremony on 24 February.”
In addition, three other NFTS alumni have also received nominations.
Roger Deakins is nominated for best cinematography for his work on Skyfall alongside Stuart Wilson, who earned a sound mixing nomination for his work on the James Bond box office smash.
Despite missing out on a best picture nomination, the latest 007 franchise entrant scored a total of five nominations.
Elsewhere NFTS graduate Dario Marianelli also earned a nomination for his original score for Anna Karenina.