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Illustrator Shaun Tan has won his first Oscar for best animated short at the Academy Awards in Hollywood. The Australian artist won for The Lost Thing, which was praised by critics but considered a longshot for the Academy Award. The 15-minute computer generated and hand-painted movie was only supposed to be a picture book. “Wow, this is quite surreal,” he said on stage. “Our film is about a creature that doesn’t get any attention so this is quite ironic.”
Here is a trailer for The Lost Thing…
Shaun is an incredibly talented childrens book illustrator as anyone who has marveled at The Arrival to name just one will testify.
He is also an extremely nice guy and I was very lucky to have met him 2 years ago during a special coffee morning in the Children’s Book Ireland office.
The Guardian carried a gallery from Emily Gravett’s books – a great introduction to anyone who doesn’t know her work.