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Oscar Watch: Tomm Moore Talks The Secret of Kells

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 8, 2010 at 4:28AM

It was a ten-year journey for animator Tomm Moore, who was as shocked as anyone when, after submitting his first feature The Secret of Kells at the last possible minute, the 95% hand-drawn film earned an Annie nomination (the only indie film to do so) followed by an Oscar nomination for best animated feature (beating out movies from Disney, Fox, Sony and DreamWorks).
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It was a ten-year journey for animator Tomm Moore, who was as shocked as anyone when, after submitting his first feature The Secret of Kells at the last possible minute, the 95% hand-drawn film earned an Annie nomination (the only indie film to do so) followed by an Oscar nomination for best animated feature (beating out movies from Disney, Fox, Sony and DreamWorks).

Where did this film come from? Ireland, it turns out, with help from the French/Belgian backers of The Triplets of Belleville. The Secret of Kells, a fantasy adventure inspired by the Celtic imagery of the Book of Kells and Irish myths, went into production in earnest in 2005. I caught the movie at the Santa Barbara Film Fest this weekend, where I did a flip cam interview with Moore (in two parts, below). Magical and mythical stylized 2-D, Kells is playing the New York International Children's Film Festival Feb 27; GKids will release it March 19. Brendan Gleeson and Mick Lally star.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.