Monday, February 28, 2011

And the winner is...

It was a battle of the picture books last night at the Oscars, and author Shaun Tan came out the winner.  At last night’s ceremony, he, along with co-director Andrew Ruhemann, collected the prized statuette for Best Animated Short Film for their work The Lost Thing, based on Tan’s book of the same name.  Tan and Ruhemann beat out fellow nominee, The Gruffalo, based on the beloved storybook by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  Personally, I would have given the award to The Gruffalo, which did its source proud with a loving adaptation and some very nice voice work, especially from James Corden as the mouse and Robbie Coltrane as the Gruffalo.  But The Lost Thing is a worthy winner, taking Tan’s rich imagination and bringing it to life with delicate animation.  It was a good year to be a children’s author at the Oscars. J

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