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Out of the gate, Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ emerges as Animated Oscar contender

On 14, Sep 2015 | In Press & News | By

MOST EVERY YEAR, there is a handcrafted picture of throwback animation that, smartly and with old-time panache, suddenly steps up and plants itself squarely into the Oscars talk. And nine of those times, the Best Animated Feature nods have invited the comparatively ancient art of stop-motion to the big party.

Judging by this past weekend, you can go ahead and pencil in 10.

Because filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson took their Kickstartered passion project “Anomalisa” to Venice and Toronto in recent days, and the early reaction has been the nonstop motion of raves.

“A movie with wit to burn,” lauds the Guardian. “Its emotional power creeps out from under the subtle humor and leaves a subcutaneous imprint,” praises the Hollywood Reporter. And Variety crows clearly: ” ‘Anomalisa’s’ existence is a minor miracle on multiple levels.”  Read more

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