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Tim Burton's return to form and PARANORMAN, its 2012 stop motion counterpart, both found themselves with prestige this morning.
As the Academy Award Nominees were announced, Best Animated Feature delightfully saw the inclusion of both FRANKENWEENIE and Chris Butler & Sam Fell's PARANORMAN, two loving, handmade children's tales of the macabre. Burton, speaking about the nomination, said, "FRANKENWEENIE is a very personal film for me. The idea of telling a feature length version was in the back of my mind for many years. Stop Motion was the perfect medium for this project, and one I've always loved for its expressiveness and dimensionality. I've worked with so many incredible artists: animators, cast members, set builders, and puppet makers, all who have helped bring this film to life one frame at a time. I'm so honored that the Academy has recognized this film as one of its nominees."
Also on the Fango front was #319's cover story, Quentin Tarantino's brilliant and rousing spaghetti southern DJANGO UNCHAINED, which pulled in a Best Picture nomination, Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz, Best Original Screenplay for Tarantino, Cinematography for Robert Richardson and Sound Editing for Wylie Stateman. Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel also saw a Best Makeup nod for their work in HITCHCOCK, which we profile in FANGORIA #320 (on sale now).
Sadly, and fairly unsurprisingly, David LeRoy Anderson was not honored for his Makeup Design in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, nor were Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon for their incredible screenplay.
For more on the genre nominees, pick up FANGORIA #319 and #320 and see our interview with Tim Burton and reviews of FRANKENWEENIE and PARANORMAN.
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