Secret of Kells Crushes A Christmas Carol, Ice Age, Meatballs in Massive Oscars Upset
Most people had never even heard of The Secret of Kells when it was shortlisted in December by the International Animated Film Society's Annie Awards. The Irish-Belgian-French co-production immediately caught our eye for its highly stylized 2-D look and medieval subject matter, and lived up to the promise of its trailer when we caught its one-week qualifying run back in December.
And that run paid off handsomely: Kells was announced this morning as one of the five features up for Best Animated Film, accompanied by such heavy-hitters as Up (nominated too in the Best Picture category), Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Princess and the Frog. It's a feat made all the more impressive when you consider who Kells had to squeeze out of the race to earn its slot: box office behemoths like Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Disney's eleventy billion dollar exercise in dead-eyed Dickenasia, A Christmas Carol.
They say it's an honor just to be nominated. In Kells' case, it's also a multimillion publicity campaign that doesn't cost a cent. Good on ya.
The Secret of Kells will be in U.S. theaters in March.