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'Brave', 'Paperman' Win Animation Oscars

Disney cleans up at the Oscars this year with wins for Pixar feature, “Brave,” and the John Kahrs-directed “Paperman.”


HOLLYWOOD, CA – Disney cleaned up at the Oscars this year with wins for Pixar’s animated feature, Brave, directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and the John Kahrs-directed animated short, Paperman.

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, the black-and-white Paperman follows the story of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City, whose destiny takes an unexpected turn after a chance meeting during his morning commute. Originally played ahead of Wreck-it Ralph, Disney released Paperman online for viewing in its entirety in January:

During the ceremony, Paperman Producer Kristina Reed threw a paper airplane off the balcony while Kahrs made his way up to the podium, earning herself a short walk with security staff.

Pixar’s Brave, which was nominated for eight Annie awards but lost the top prize to Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, won over Academy voters with outstanding character animation and animated effects, including Merida’s bewitching hair:

Congratulations to Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman and the Pixar team for their incredible effort, as well as to John Kahrs for his groundbreaking work.

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.