The European Film Awards (EFA) named Loving Vincent as the best animated feature of the year.

The U.K./Poland co-production (Breakthru Films/Trademark Films) was directed by the husband-and-wife team of Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela. Among its most talked-about aspects is its production method: the producers of the film say that over 65,000 oil paintings were created for the film’s frame-by-frame animation.

The EFA honor, which has been given out since 2009 and was won last year by My Life as a Zucchini, had previously been capped at three nominees, but the category was expanded to four nominees this year, a reflection of the growing quality of feature films pouring out of Europe.

The other nominees in the category were Ethel & Ernest (Roger Mainwood, UK/Luxembourg), Louise by the Shore (Jean-François Laguionie, France/Canada), and Zombillenium (Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord, France/Belgium).

The last two EFA animation winners – My Life as a Zucchini and Song of the Sea – have also been Academy Award nominees, but winning the European Film Award is not a guarantee of an Oscar nom. Of the eight previous times that the EFA has handed out the animation award, only half have also been nominated for Oscars.

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