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Latest film by UCA alumnus receives Oscar nod

The latest film by our alumnus Michael Dudok de Wit has received an Oscar nomination, it was announced this week. 

The Red Turtle, which was co-written and directed by the UCA graduate, was nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Michael said: “The competition was really strong. I knew our film had a chance. It was unlike any of the other films. But many other films had a huge chance, I think. I was honestly quite nervous.”

The Red Turtle does not contain dialogue and is centred on a man who has been shipwrecked on a deserted island and meets a giant red turtle. The film, which is a co-production between Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibil, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May last year. 

Michael graduated from one of UCA’s founding colleges – the West Surrey College of Art – in 1978 and has since gone on to enjoy an extremely successful career. In 2001, he was nominated and subsequently went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, for his production Father & Daughter.

In the category for Best Animated Feature Film, The Red Turtle is up against the likes of hit Disney productions Moana and Zootopia.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 26 February at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Find out more about Animation at UCA, here.