Our Aussies in the acting categories — Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole, Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom, Geoffrey Rush for The King’s Speech — walked away empty-handed from last night’s Oscars, but we did score some wins in other categories! The first Aussie to be handed a trophy was Melbourne illustrator Shaun Tan, who scored a surprise victory in the best animated short film category with The Lost Thing. (Many thought the honour would go to Pixar’s Day & Night, a cute short that preceded Toy Story 3 in the cinemas.) Upon accepting his award with British co-director Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun said, “Our film is about a creature nobody pays any attention to and it is wonderfully ironic.”
The other big win for the night was Sydney film producer Emile Sherman, whose awards season favourite The King’s Speech took home the best picture Oscar. Though not unexpected, Sherman’s victory (along with his fellow producers Iain Canning and Gareth Unwin) marks the second time an Australian has won the best picture category — last time it was Braveheart’s Bruce Davey in 1996. But the congrats don’t end there. A huge round of applause also goes to Dave Elsey (makeup for The Wolfman), Kirk Baxter (editing for The Social Network) and director Tom Hooper, who has a dual UK-Australian citizenship.
Click here to see the trailer for The Lost Thing.
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