Although this morning’s Oscar nominations revealed a paucity of comics-themed movies — IRON MAN 2′s SPX nom being the only one for Team Comics Movies — Australian cartoonist Shaun Tan was nominated in the Short Film (Animated) category. There’s a site for the film, THE LOST THING, which Tan directed, here. Tan is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist whose wordless, haunting THE ARRIVAL is one of the best graphic novels of the past decade.
THE LOST THING deals with a boy who encounters a mysterious red…thing. You can watch the trailer above. There’s also a book, and it all looks gorgeous. Congrats to Tan for really representing Team Comics at the Oscars!
In other Team Comics/Animation news, TOY STORY 3 was nominated for five awards, because, Pixar, y’know, rules. It’s the second year in a row that a Pixar film was picked for both Best Animated Film and Best Picture.