Well it won.
The achievement deserves a re-posting of this article among the other things like a gold statuette.
Artworks is a good place to point one's ears. Today they talked about Shaun Tan. He is an illustrator and story teller.
Shaun Tan, like Tim Minchin (who voices the film) and author Tim Winton, are from Perth, Western Australia. So am I. So my ears get particularly crinkled when the limestone dust and salt is stirred in my soul. Shaun now lives in Melbourne.
The Artworks program reminded me of an email that I had from Michelle earlier in the year with reports of Australian animation success at the 2010 Annecy Festival. Animators will note that Michelle talks about Passion Pictures in the UK on her blog. They develop the Gorrilaz music video clips. They also co-produced "The Lost Thing" with Screen Australia.
There is an interesting post and link to a video interview on the Ozanimate site about Shaun and the success at Annecy.
Which brings us back to Shaun Tan and the film "The Lost Thing" animated by Leo Baker
- June 2010: Cristal Award for Best Short Film at the 34th Annecy International Animation Festival - the world's largest animation festival, in Annecy, France.
- June 2010: Best short animated film at the 57th Sydney International Film Festival
- August 2010: 'Best Short' (not best animated film!) award at the Melbourne International Film Festival
- February 2011: Academy Award, Best Animated Short
I'll hand it over to you to research some more. Second years may find it interesting how Shaun presents himself online with the design of his web site. How many EAPS did you count in that animation trailer?