This past year has been a great year for Irish films, for friends and colleagues of Gabriel Byrne, for intriguing projects that demanded more than usual from their audiences, and for movies in general, in this “we think we are over it” post-pandemic season.
And it’s also a great year for a short animated film based on lovely story by an Englishman.
The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, based on the beautiful and moving book by Charlie Mackesy, and starring our favorite Irishman as the philosophical and slightly shy Horse, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film!
Best Animated Short Film
“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,” Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud
“The Flying Sailor,” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
“Ice Merchants,” João Gonzalez and Bruno Caetano
“My Year of Dicks,” Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Pamela Ribon
“An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It,” Lachlan Pendragon
Read the article for more on The Banshees of Inisherin, up for awards in multiple categories (including nods for all three actors), The Irish Girl, nommed for Best International Feature Film, and for the intriguing news that Ana de Armas (Gabriel is working with her on Ballerina now) and Andrea Riseborough (his daughter in the series ZeroZeroZero) are both up for Best Actress!
The 95th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC. More news as it happens!