Mr. Hublot
Mr. Hublot

Mr. Hublot won for Best Animated Short. The first real surprise (upset?) at this year's Oscars! Laurent Witz, director, and Alexandre Espigares, his co-director accepted the Oscar in a tight race. Congratulations to them - and all the nominees.

Animation director Yvette Kaplan and Animation Scoop editor Jerry Beck flank Alexandre Espigares (center), co-director of "Mr. Hublot".
David Derks Animation director Yvette Kaplan and Animation Scoop editor Jerry Beck flank Alexandre Espigares (center), co-director of "Mr. Hublot".

As for Best Animated Feature… what else, Frozen. This was a big victory for Walt Disney Animation Studios. For the first time in the thirteen years this award has been presented, Disney wins the prize. Previous winners included Studio Ghibli, Dreamworks, Aardman, Animal Logic, ILM and multiple Pixar pix. The win was particularly sweet for those who appreciate the classic Disney musical fairy tale - a genre the studio planned to abandon a few years ago. Congrats to Chris, Jennifer and Peter (and all the crew). Bravo! Well Done!

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Animation Scoop editor Jerry Beck interviews the directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho on November 12th 2013 at the Directors Guild in Hollywood.
Animation Scoop editor Jerry Beck interviews the directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho on November 12th 2013 at the Directors Guild in Hollywood.