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Oscar for British film animator
Suzie Templeton
Suzie Templeton uses animation to tackle "sensitive issues"
A Hampshire-based film-maker has won an Oscar for best animated short film.

Suzie Templeton, from Romsey, picked up the award for her film Peter And The Wolf, an adaptation of Sergei Prokofiev's classic 1936 tale.

Ms Templeton picked up the award at the 80th Academy Awards ceremony, in Los Angeles, on Sunday alongside her British producer Hugh Welchman.

She thanked everyone who had "worked so hard to make our dream come true". "This is a fairytale for us," he added.

The 29-minute Anglo-Polish production cost $2m (1m) and is accompanied by London's Philharmonic Orchestra, whose conductor Mark Stephenson originally approached Ms Templeton about making the film.

It premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in front of 6,000 people at the end of 2006.

Speaking following the award ceremony, Ms Templeton's mother Roberta Mansell, from Southampton, told BBC News: "I'm just shaking.

Duck and Peter
Peter meets animals including a duck on his adventure

"She's always been into art and 3D animation.

"She was travelling in India in her 20s. She said I want to be an animator and go to college."

Ms Templeton graduated in 1999 with a BA (Hons) Animation at the University College for the Creative Arts in Farnham.

The course boasts three previous Oscar winners, including Daniel Greaves (1992) for his film Manipulation and Michael Dudok De Wit (2001) for his film Father and Daughter.

Tutor Roger Noake said: "We are thrilled for Suzie - who is an exceptional talent."

In 2002, Ms Templeton won a Bafta for her film Dog, about a grieving young boy who longs for reassurance about how his mother died.

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