The Breadwinner nabs Oscar nomination

The Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg copro is produced by Toronto's Aircraft Pictures, headed up by Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen.

The Breadwinner is heading to the Oscars.

The Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg coproduction will compete for Best Animated Feature at the 90th annual Academy Awards in March. The feature is produced by Toronto’s Aircraft Pictures, Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon and Luxembourg’s Melusine Productions. Toronto’s Guru Studios handled a portion of the animation. The film will go up against The Boss Baby, Coco, Ferdinand and Loving Vincent. 

This is the first Academy Award nomination for Aircraft’s Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen, who serve as producers on the project. The film is also produced by Tomm Moore and Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon and Stephan Roelants of Melusine Productions. Angelina Jolie Pitt’s Jolie Pas Productions exec produced the feature, alongside Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer, Gerry Chirren, Mimi Polk Gitlin, Jon Levin, Regina K. Scully, Eric Beckman, David Jesteadt, Mary Bredin and Frank Falcone.

Directed by Nora Twomey, the film is an adaptation of Canadian author Deborah Ellis’s novel about a young girl in Afghanistan who disguises herself as a boy to become her family’s primary earner. The screenplay was written by Canadian Anita Doron. The film features the voice work of Canadian actors Saara Chaudry (Max & Shred), Soma Bhatia (Degrassi: Next Class), Laara Sadiq (Remedy) and Ali Badshah (The Cat In The Hat). The film, which had its world premiere at TIFF, was released in Canada in November 2017 by Elevation Pictures.

Also heading to the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles is veteran Canadian actor Christopher Plummer. Plummer was nominated for best supporting actor for his (last-minute) work in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World. Plummer filled in for Kevin Spacey after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Canadian production designers Dennis Gassner and Paul D. Austerberry were also nominated for best production design. Gassner worked on Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, while Paul D. Austerberry received a nod for his work on Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. Several other Canadians received nominations for their work on the Toronto-shot fantasy drama. Toronto-based Luis M. Sequiera received a best costume design nomination, as did Sidney Wolinsky for film editing, Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira for sound editing, and Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke and Brad Zoern for sound mixing.

All told, The Shape of Water received 13 nominations, including one for Best Picture. Canadian J. Miles Dale produced the feature with director del Toro. The duo also recently won the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.