Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced this morning and we are thrilled that the following Focus films have been recognized. PARANORMAN was nominated for Animated Feature Film for Sam Fell and Chris Butler. MOONRISE KINGDOM for Writing, Original Screenplay (Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola). And ANNA KARENINA goes home with four nominations: Cinematography (Seamus McCarvey); Costume Design (Jacqueline Durran); Production Design (Sarah Greenwood/ production design, Katie Spencer/set decoration); and Original Score (Dario Marianelli). Congratulations to all. The winners will be announced during the Oscar ceremony on February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
Below are comments from the honored nominess:
Dario Marianelli | ANNA KARENINA | Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
"I am delighted to be nominated, and humbled by being in the company of composers whose work I have admired for so long. For the fourth time, director Joe Wright has inspired me and made sure that I would not miss any of the opportunities that his movie opened up for the music. I feel very grateful towards him.
Sarah Greenwood (production designer) and Katie Spencer (set decorator) | ANNA KARENINA | Achievement in production design
"Realizing our director Joe Wright's bold and unique vision for ANNA KARENINA was a challenge, and ultimately a thrill. To have our work recognized by the AMPAS members is an honor, and a joy. We are proud to accept this nomination on behalf of what was a tremendous crew."
Seamus McGarvey | ANNA KARENINA | Achievement in cinematography
"The director of the film I'm currently working on just texted me. We had a $100 bet that I wouldn't get nominated, but he texted me that he's $100 richer! I'm over the moon!"
Jacqueline Durran | ANNA KARENINA | Achievement in costume design
"I'm very excited! I'm also very pleased that other members of the ANNA KARENINA gang were nominated since this film was a collaboration."
Sam Fell and Chris Butler (Directors) | PARANORMAN | Best Animated Feature Film
"We are overjoyed that our movie has been Oscar-nominated! We made it with the unending support of brilliant producers and an amazing crew at LAIKA, a unique and cutting-edge studio. On behalf of all of them, we are so proud that the enduring craft of stop-motion has been acknowledged by the Academy -- and that the individuality of Norman himself is being celebrated."
Travis Knight, President and CEO of LAIKA | PARANORMAN | Best Animated Feature Film
"My heartfelt thanks to the Academy for honoring LAIKA and ParaNorman with this nomination. Working with our directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell and my fellow producer Arianne Sutner to bring ParaNorman to audiences worldwide has been the most rewarding experience of my professional life. We're indebted to Focus Features and Universal Pictures for their advocacy and resolve, to our exceptional cast members for their keenly felt performances, and above all to our unparalleled, extraordinarily talented crew for handcrafting a moving and beautiful work of art."
Wes Anderson | MOONRISE KINGDOM | Best Original Screenplay (with Roman Coppola)
"I couldn't be more pleased to be nominated alongside my co-writer Roman Coppola for our Moonrise Kingdom script which we enjoyed writing very, very much; and I'm extremely grateful to the Academy membership for thinking of us."
Roman Coppola | MOONRISE KINGDOM | Best Original Screenplay (with Wes Anderson)
"I was in the car with my family when we heard the news - everyone was so excited! It's a wonderful honor to be nominated among many great films and storytellers - Wes and I are thrilled."