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Oscar hope for Wallace and Gromit
Nick Park
Nick Park's movie is out in the US and is released in the UK on Friday
The director behind Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit says he is "over the moon" that the Bristol-made film has been nominated for an Oscar.

Nick Park said he was "shocked" that the film was shortlisted for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.

Speaking from Heathrow airport, Mr Park said he and co-director Steve Box were "absolutely delighted".

The film, the first Wallace and Gromit full-length feature, topped the US Box Office in October.

Major success

Mr Park, originally from Preston, won his first Oscar in 1985 for the Creature Comforts animations.

He went on to win two more for Wallace and Gromit's The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave.

The company behind the films, Aardman Animations, was formed in Bristol in 1976.

It claimed its first major success a year later when plasticine figure Morph was launched on the BBC, and quickly established itself as a children's favourite.

Wallace & Gromit will face competition from Tim Burton's Corpse Bride.

Some of the puppets for that film were made at Mackinnon & Saunders in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.


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