The BCFE Oscar Seven

March 3, 2018

Did you know that Nora Twomey is the seventh Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE) Animation graduate to receive an Oscar Nomination?

Nora Twomey is director of ‘The Breadwinner’ which has been nominated for a 2018 Oscar in the category of Best Animated Feature. This critically acclaimed award winning film was produced by Tomm Moore with Angelina Jolie as its executive producer.  It tells the story, based on the best-selling children’s novel by Deborah Ellis, of an 11-year-old girl, Parvana, who lives in Afghanistan under Taliban rules. After her father is wrongfully arrested she cuts her hair short and pretends to be a boy to support her family.  Have a look at this one minute Breadwinner Trailer.  

Nora who is part of Cartoon Saloon – a three time Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA and Emmy nominated animation studio –  joins an elite list of BCFE graduates Oscar stars, of which Tomm is already a member, including:
Richard Baneham – Oscar Winner – Visual Effects – Avatar 2010
Cathal Gaffney, Darragh O’Connell (Brown Bag) – Nomination -Short Film (Animated) – Give up yer aul sins 2002
Tomm Moore (Cartoon Saloon) – Nomination -Feature Film (Animated) – The Secret of Kells – Animated Feature  2010
Nicky Phelan, Darragh O’Connell (Brown Bag) – Nomination -Short Film (Animated) Granny O’Grimm’s sleeping beauty 2010
Tomm Moore and Paul Young  (Cartoon Saloon)-Nomination -Feature Film (Animated) – Song of the Sea 2015
The ceremony begins at about 10pm Irish time on Sunday 4th March. We won’t know who the winners are until at least 1.30am on Monday morning.

Best of luck to Nora and Tomm.  We are immensely proud of you.

Best of luck also to Saoirse Ronan who has been nominated for Best Actress in Lady Bird; Daniel Day Lewis for Best Actor in Phantom Thread; Consolata Boyle for Best Costume Design for Victoria and Abdul; and Martin McDonagh’s for earning six nominations in six categories including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
For more information about courses at Ballyfermot College of Further Education check out the BCFE website.
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