The nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards have been announced and the NFTS is thrilled to see 29 alumni credits across 13 of the nominated films!

Having recently been nominated for three Annie Awards, A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon co-directed by 2011 NFTS Directing Animation alumnus Richard Phelan has been nominated for Animated Feature Film, making it the NFTS’ 60th Oscar nomination! The film was created by a host of other NFTS alumni with Nick Park as Executive Producer and Character and Story Creator, Compositor Graham Dorey and Animators Frej Bengtsson and Marie Lechevallier.

Nominated for six awards including Best Picture is Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman, shot by DOP Benjamin Kracun, alumnus of NFTS Cinematography MA. 

Another Round, Production Design by NFTS Production Design alumna Sabine Hviid, was nominated in the International Feature Film category. 

Congratulations to NFTS Digital Effects alumnus Jakob Lundbye for his work as VFX Artist on The Midnight Sky and The One and Only Ivan, both nominated in the Visual Effects category. Digital Effects alumni Boyan Baynov (Lookdev TD: ILM) and Eugenio Troiani (Junior Lighting Artist) also worked on the Midnight Sky and Beatriz de la Osa (Visual Effects Coordinator), Paul Robinson (Layout Artist) worked on The One and Only Ivan.

We’d like to offer congratulations to the following nominated films that also had a raft of NFTS alumni working hard behind the scenes:

Nominated for Costume Design & Makeup and Hairstyling
Composer Dario Marianelli

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Nominated for Music (Original Song)
Assistant Art Directors Chloe Kletsa & Laura Mickiewicz; Data Capture TD Kathleen Squire

Nominated for Production Design & Visual Effects
Production Coordinator: UK Sofia Guiotto

Nominated for Costume Design & Makeup & Hairstyling
Co-Composer David Schweitzer; Concept Artist Elo Soode; Junior Draughtsman Ewa Galak; Sound Effects Editors Dayo James & Robert Malone; Visual Effects Supervisor Dillan Nicholls; Assistant Colourist Sara Buxton

Nominated in 10 categories including Best Picture and Production Design
Art Department Coordinator Kimberley Pope

News of the World
Nominated for Cinematography, Music (Original Score), Production Design, Sound
Visual Effects Supervisor Roni Rodrigues

The Father
Nominated for Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Film Editing, Best Picture, Production Design, Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Directors Assistant Sam McMullen

Nominated for Sound
Visual Effects Department Supervisor Chris Gooch; Digital Compositor Dean Koonjul

A huge round applause goes to everyone involved in the making of these films in what has been a historic year for the Oscars. The 2021 shortlist includes two female directors for the first time ever and a diverse acting nominations list.

Winners will be announced on 25 April 2021 and the NFTS will be supporting our alumni all the way! 

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