Cartoon Saloon’s feature length film Song of the Sea has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.
This is the second time the Kilkenny-based studio has been nominated for an Academy Award. Their first film, The Secret of Kells was nominated for an Oscar in 2010.
Song of the Sea has received hugely positive reviews to date and is described in the LA Times as ‘a masterwork’.
The film is steeped in mythology and folklore and tells the story of the last seal child’s journey home.
“It was great to be nominated amongst such a strong mix of amazing animated films this year,” said director Tomm Moore.
The 87th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Other films nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category are Big Hero 6.
The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Tale of the Princess Kaguy.
Song of the Sea will open in Ireland in July as part of the Galway Arts Festival.