Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Shaun Tan Wins an Academy Award
And now Shaun Tan has added to his long list of accolades and awards by winning an Academy Award. Shaun won the 'best animated short' Oscar at this year's ceremony. It's the same award won by fellow Australian Adam Elliot for his short film Harvie Krumpet in 2003. Shaun won for an adaptation of his book, The Lost Thing.
The story follows a young boy living in a post-apocalyptic Perth who discovers a bizarre creature while out collecting bottle tops. The boy tries to find where the 'lost thing' belongs in the face of everyone else's indifference.
The Lost Thing has won awards and prizes at many film festivals including both the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals, and the Austin and Palm Springs festivals in the US.