Nora Twomey’s animated feature The Breadwinner made a strong showing this week at the Canadian Screen Awards, picking up a total of six nominations, including for best motion picture.
It marks only the second time in the history of the award, which has been presented in various iterations since 1949, that an animated feature has been nominated for the event’s top prize. The other instance was in 2005, when Sylvain Chomet’s The Triplets of Belleville was nominated for – and won – film of the year.
While The Breadwinner originates out of Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon, the film is eligible for the Canadian Screen Awards because it is an international co-production that has the involvement of multiple Canadian firms. One of its producers is Aircraft Pictures, while Guru Studio contributed artistically to the film’s production. (Both Aircraft and Guru are located in Toronto.)