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    Emma Thompson

    P.L. Travers

    Best Actress

    Emma Thompson is one of the world’s most respected talents for her versatility in acting as well as screenwriting, winning Academy Awards® in both crafts — for “Howard’s End” (Best Actress) in 1992 and “Sense and Sensibility” (Best Adapted Screenplay) in 1995. 

    Thompson caused a sensation with her portrayal of Margaret Schlegel in the Merchant Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster’s “Howards End.” Sweeping the Best Actress category wherever it was considered, the performance netted her the aforementioned Oscar®, plus a BAFTA, Los Angeles Film Critics and New York Film Critics Circle Awards and the Golden Globe®. She earned two more Oscar nominations the following year for her work in “The Remains of the Day” (Best Actress) and Jim Sheridan’s “In the Name of the Father” (Best Supporting Actress). 

    Three years later, Thompson’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” directed by Ang Lee, won the Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Golden Globe® for Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay awards from the Writers Guild of America and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, among others. For her performance in the film, she was honored with a Best Actress Award from BAFTA and earned Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations as Best Actress.

    Last year, Thompson starred in Disney•Pixar’s Best Animated Feature Oscar® winner, “Brave,” and Sony Pictures’ “Men In Black 3.” Her busy year also included an Emmy® nomination for her performance opposite co-star Alan Rickman in the BBC Two production of “The Song of Lunch,” which aired on PBS’ “Masterpiece Contemporary.”  More recently, she starred opposite Viola Davis in the big-screen adaptation of the supernatural bestseller “Beautiful Creatures” and the romantic-comedy caper “Love Punch” with Pierce Brosnan.

    She also reprised the title role of the magical nanny in “Nanny McPhee Returns,” for which she also wrote the screenplay while serving as executive producer. Thompson created the character for the screen first in 2004, in her own adaptation of “Nanny McPhee,” directed by Kirk Jones. Thompson portrayed Elizabeth II in the Sprout/SKY ARTS production “Walking the Dogs,” in January of this year. 

    Thompson was born in London to Eric Thompson, a theater director and writer, and actress Phyllida Law (“Albert Nobbs,” “The Winter Guest”).  She read English at Cambridge and was invited to join the university’s long-standing Footlights comedy troupe, which elected her vice president (alongside fellow actor Hugh Laurie as president).  While still a student, she co-directed Cambridge’s first all-women revue, “Women’s Hour,” made her television debut on BBC’s “Friday Night, Saturday Morning” as well as her radio debut on the BBC’s “Injury Time.”

    Throughout the 1980s Thompson frequently appeared on British TV, including widely acclaimed recurring roles on the Granada TV series “Alfresco,” BBC’s “Election Night Special” and “The Crystal Cube” (the latter written by fellow Cambridge alums Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie), and a hilarious one-off role as upper-class twit Miss Money Sterling on “The Young Ones.” In 1985, Channel 4 offered Thompson her own TV special “Up for Grabs” and in 1988 she wrote and starred in her own BBC series called “Thompson.” She worked as a stand-up comic when the opportunity arose, and was paid £60 in cash on her 25th birthday in a stand-up double bill with Ben Elton at the Croydon Warehouse. She says it’s the best money she’s ever earned.

    She continued to pursue an active stage career concurrently with her TV and radio work, appearing in the English tour of “A Sense of Nonsense” (1982), the self-penned “Short Vehicle” at the 1983 Edinburgh Festival, “Me and My Girl” (1985), first at Leicester and then in London’s West End, and “Look Back in Anger” at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in 1989.

    Thompson’s feature film debut came in 1988, starring opposite Jeff Goldblum in the comedy “The Tall Guy.” She then played Katherine in Kenneth Branagh’s directorial debut, “Henry V,” and went on to star opposite Branagh in three of his subsequent directorial efforts: “Dead Again” (1991), “Peter’s Friends” (1992) and “Much Ado About Nothing” (1993).

    Thompson’s other film credits include “Junior” (1994), “Carrington” (1995), “The Winter Guest”(1997) and Christopher Hampton’s “Imagining Argentina” (2003). She has starred in three projects directed by Mike Nichols: “Primary Colors” (1998) and the HBO telefilms “Wit” (2001, Emmy® nomination for Lead Actress and Golden Globe® nomination for Outstanding Writer for Miniseries or Movie [with Mike Nichols]) and  “Angels in America” (2002, Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination and Emmy Award® nomination).

    She also triumphed on the big screen in the role of Sybil Trelawney in two Harry Potter features: Alfonso Cuaron’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004) and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007), for director David Yates. Her resume also includes two projects with Dustin Hoffman: the charming romance, “Last Chance Harvey” (a Golden Globe® nominee as Best Actress for her performance) and Marc Forster’s comedy, “Stranger Than Fiction,” which also starred Will Ferrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal (produced by Thompson’s frequent collaborator, Lindsay Doran). 

    Thompson garnered much acclaim for Richard Curtis’ ensemble piece “Love Actually,” for which she earned an award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2004 Evening Standard Film Awards, a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2004 BAFTA Awards, Best Supporting Actress at the 2004 London Critics Circle Film Awards and Best British Actress at the 2004 Empire Awards, UK.

    To mark the 110th anniversary of Peter Rabbit, Emma Thompson was commissioned to write the 24th tale in the existing collection of Peter Rabbit stories. It is the first time that Frederick Warne, the publisher, has published an additional title to the series, which Beatrix Potter wrote between 1902 and 1930. The book, entitled “The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit” was published on September 6, 2012, to great critical acclaim.

    Thompson is an active supporter of the Helen Bamber Foundation, a UK-based human rights organization, formed in April 2005, to help rebuild the lives of and inspire a new self-esteem in survivors of gross human rights violations. On behalf of the foundation, Thompson co-curated “Journey,” an interactive art installation that uses seven transport containers to illustrate the brutal and harrowing experiences of women sold into the sex trade. Thus far, Thompson and “Journey” have traveled to five international cities for exhibitions and interviews (London, Vienna, Madrid, New York and The Hague).

    Thompson is also an ambassador for the international development agency ActionAid and has spoken out publicly about her support for the work the NGO is doing, in particular, in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic that continues to sweep across Africa. She has been affiliated with the organization since 2000, and thus far has visited ActionAid projects in Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, Burma and Myanmar.

    Thompson was the 2010 and 2011 president of the Teaching Awards Trust, an awards program open to every education establishment in England, Wales and Northern Ireland teaching students between the ages of 3 and 18. Teachers and schools who transform lives and help young people realize their potential are nominated and celebrated each year.

    Tom Hanks

    Walt Disney

    Best Supporting Actor

    Tom Hanks holds the distinction of being the first actor in 50 years to be awarded back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards®: in 1993 as the AIDS-stricken lawyer in “Philadelphia” and the following year in the title role of “Forrest Gump.” He also won Golden Globes® for both of these performances, along with his work in “Big” and “Cast Away.”

    Born and raised in Oakland, Calif., Hanks became interested in acting during high school. He attended Chabot College in Hayward, California, and California State University in Sacramento.  At the invitation of Artistic Director Vincent Dowling, he made his professional debut portraying Grumio in “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. He performed in that company for three seasons.

    Moving to New York City in 1978, he performed with the Riverside Shakespeare Company until getting a big break when he was teamed with Peter Scolari in the ABC comedy series “Bosom Buddies.” This led to starring roles in Ron Howard’s “Splash,” “Bachelor Party,” “Volunteers,” “The Money Pit” and “Nothing in Common.” In 1988, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association recognized his performances in both “Big” and “Punchline,” giving Hanks its Best Actor Award. Roles followed in films such as “A League of Their Own” and “Sleepless in Seattle.”

    In 1995, Hanks voiced the character Woody in the critically acclaimed hit “Toy Story,” the first Disney•Pixar film to be made, as well as the first feature film in history to be made entirely with CGI.  He later returned as Woody in the sequel “Toy Story 2” and then, 11 years after the original, in the Golden Globe®-nominated “Toy Story 3,” which is currently the highest-grossing animated feature film of all time, bringing in over $1 billion dollars worldwide.  “Toy Story 3” won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film, while also earning a nomination for Best Picture. The film also went on to win the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. 

    In 1996, Hanks made his feature film writing and directing debut with “That Thing You Do!” The film’s title song not only reached the Top 10 in many contemporary music charts but was also nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Song.

    After re-teaming with Ron Howard in “Apollo 13,” Hanks served as an executive producer, writer, director and actor for HBO’s “From the Earth to the Moon,” an Emmy®-winning 12-hour dramatic film anthology that explored the entire Apollo space program. 

    In 1998, Hanks starred in Steven Spielberg’s war drama “Saving Private Ryan,” for which he received his fourth Oscar® nomination. The following year, he starred in “The Green Mile,” which was written and directed by Frank Darabont and is based on the six-part serialized novel by Stephen King.

    In 2000, Hanks reunited with director Robert Zemeckis and screenwriter William Broyles Jr. in “Cast Away,” for which he received yet another Oscar® nomination.

    Also in 2000, he served again with Steven Spielberg, as executive producer, writer, and director for another epic HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” based on Stephen Ambrose’s book. The miniseries aired in the fall of 2001 to wide-scale critical acclaim, leading to an Emmy Award® and Golden Globe® for the Best Miniseries in 2002. 

    In 2002, Hanks starred in “Road to Perdition” opposite Paul Newman and Jude Law under Sam Mendes’ direction. It was followed by Spielberg’s stylish caper “Catch Me If You Can” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, which was based on the true-life exploits of international confidence man Frank Abagnale Jr. 

    Hanks teamed for a third time with Spielberg in “The Terminal” opposite Catherine Zeta Jones and followed it with the Coen Brothers’ dark comedy “The Ladykillers.”  In November 2004, Hanks starred in the film adaptation of the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg, which reunited him once again with director Robert Zemeckis.

    In 2006, Hanks played Robert Langdon in the film adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel “The Da Vinci Code,” helmed by Ron Howard and also starring Audrey Tautou, Paul Bettany, Ian McKellen and Jean Reno. He later reprised his role in “Angels & Demons,” also directed by Howard.  In 2007, Hanks starred opposite Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” directed by Mike Nichols, which Playtone also produced.  In 2011 Hanks was seen in “Larry Crowne,” which he co-wrote, produced, directed and stars in opposite Julia Roberts, and in Stephen Daldry’s Oscar®-nominated “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” with Sandra Bullock.

    In 2008 Hanks, with his production company Playtone, executive produced the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries “John Adams,” starring Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. The series went on to win an Emmy® for Outstanding Miniseries and a Golden Globe® for Best Mini-Series.  In 2010 Hanks and Playtone went on to executive produce their next collaboration with HBO, “The Pacific,” which won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries.  Hanks and Playtone most recently executive produced the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO political drama “Game Change,” starring Julianne Moore and Ed Harris.

    He was most recently seen in “Cloud Atlas” with Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess and Hugh Grant. Hanks is currently seen in Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips,” which opened in October, 2013.

    Earlier this year, Hanks made his Broadway debut in Nora Ephron’s “Lucky Guy.” His performance earned him nominations for Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Tony® awards and a Theater World Award.

    In 2009, Hanks was honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center with the Chaplin Award.

    Colin Farrell

    Travers Goff

    Best Supporting Actor

    Colin Farrell won the 2008 Golden Globe® for his starring role opposite Brendan Gleeson in Martin McDonagh’s comedy-thriller “In Bruges,” playing one of a pair of hit men hiding out in the Flemish town of Bruges after a caper gone bad. He recently reteamed with writer-director McDonagh for the Hollywood satire “Seven Psychopaths,” co-starring with Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken as a screenwriter caught up in a shady dognapping scheme.

    Farrell is a mainstay on the motion picture screen, with more than three dozen feature credits over the last dozen years that include collaborations with such acclaimed filmmakers as Joel Schumacher (“Tigerland,” “Veronica Guerin,” “Phone Booth”); Steven Spielberg (“Minority Report”); Terry Gilliam (“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”); Neil Jordan (“Ondine”); Michael Mann (“Miami Vice”); Terrence Malick (“The New World”); Oliver Stone (“Alexander”); Roger Donaldson (“The Recruit”); Gavin O’Connor (“Pride and Glory”); Peter Weir (“The Way Back”); Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”); and Woody Allen (“Cassandra’s Dream”). He has also co-starred with such acclaimed actors as Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Daniel Craig, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey, among many other notables.

    Other big-screen credits include “Hart’s War,” “American Outlaws,” “Daredevil,” “S.W.A.T.,” “London Boulevard,” “Horrible Bosses,” the recent reboots of “Fright Night” and “Total Recall,” “Dead Man Down,” “Triage,” “Ask the Dust,” “A Home at the End of the World,” “Intermission” and actor Tim Roth’s directorial debut, “The War Zone.” The busy actor will next be seen opposite Russell Crowe and Will Smith in Akiva Goldsman’s fantasy film, “Winter’s Tale,” as well as lending his vocal talents to the Twentieth Century Fox Animation adventure “Epic.”

    Born and raised in Castleknock in the Republic of Ireland, Farrell is the son of former football player Eamon Farrell and nephew of Tommy Farrell, both of whom played for the Shamrock Rovers of the Irish Football Club. While aspiring to follow in his father’s footsteps, Farrell turned to acting when he joined the Gaity School of Drama in Dublin. Before completing his course, he landed a starring role in Dierdre Purcell’s miniseries, “Falling for a Dancer,” which led to roles in the BBC series “Ballykissangel” and Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s gangster film “Ordinary Decent Criminal” alongside Kevin Spacey.

    Paul Giamatti


    Paul Giamatti has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation. He was most recently heard lending his vocal talents to DreamWorks Animation’s “Turbo,” which also features the voices of Ryan Reynolds, Richard Jenkins and Bill Hader.

    This fall he can be seen in several films:  Peter Landesman’s “Parkland” with Zac Efron and Jacki Weaver; Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” opposite Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Chiwetel Ejiofor; Carlo Carlei’s “Romeo and Juliet,” as Friar Laurence, opposite Hailee Steinfeld and Damian Lewis; Phil Morrison’s “All is Bright,” which he also executive produced and stars in alongside Paul Rudd; and Ari Folman’s animated film “The Congress” co-starring Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel.

    Giamatti recently wrapped production on the highly anticipated sequel “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” directed by Marc Webb in which he stars as Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino, opposite Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, and Sally Field, as well as “Downton Abbey” where he will appear in the final episode of Season 4.

    Other credits for him include “Rock of Ages”; David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis”; “The Ides of March”; and Curtis Hanson’s HBO movie “Too Big To Fail” (his performance earning him his third SAG Award® for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries as well as Emmy®and Golden Globe® nominations). Giamatti also starred in the critically praised “Win Win,” a film written and directed by Oscar® nominee Tom McCarthy.

    His performance in 2010’s “Barney’s Version” earned him his second Golden Globe® Award. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Mordecai Richler, the film was directed by Richard J. Lewis and co-starred Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver.

    In 2008, Giamatti won Emmy®, SAG® and Golden Globe® Awards for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in HBO’s seven-part Emmy Award-winning miniseries “John Adams.” Directed by Emmy-winning director Tom Hooper, Giamatti played President John Adams in a cast that also included award-winning actors Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, David Morse and Stephen Dillane.

    In 2006, Giamatti’s performance in Ron Howard’s “Cinderella Man” earned him his first SAG Award® and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations in the same category.

    For his role in Alexander Payne’s critically-lauded “Sideways,” Giamatti earned several accolades for his performance, including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards, New York Film Critics Circle Award as well as Golden Globe® and SAG Award® nominations. In 2004, Giamatti garnered outstanding reviews and commendations (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance of the Year) for his portrayal of Harvey Pekar in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “American Splendor.”

    Giamatti first captured the eyes of America in Betty Thomas’ hit comedy “Private Parts.” His extensive list of film credits also includes Jonathan English’s “Ironclad”; Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover Part II”; “The Last Station” opposite Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren; Tony Gilroy’s “Duplicity”; “Cold Souls” which Giamatti also executive produced; David Dobkin’s “Fred Claus”; “Shoot ’Em Up” opposite Clive Owen; Shari Springer Berman and Roger Pulcini’s “The Nanny Diaries”; M. Night Shyamalan’s “Lady in the Water”; “The Illusionist,” directed by Neil Burger; Milos Forman’s “Man on the Moon”; Julian Goldberger’s “The Hawk Is Dying”; Tim Robbins’ “Cradle Will Rock”; F. Gary Gray’s “The Negotiator”; Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan”; Peter Weir’s “The Truman Show”; Mike Newell’s “Donnie Brasco”; Todd Solondz’ “Storytelling”; Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes”; “Duets” opposite Gwyneth Paltrow; the animated film “Robots”; and “Big Momma’s House” co-starring Martin Lawrence. Giamatti also appeared in James Foley’s “Confidence” and John Woo’s “Paycheck.”

    An accomplished stage actor, Giamatti received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Jimmy Tomorrow in the Broadway revival of “The Iceman Cometh” starring Kevin Spacey. His other Broadway credits include “The Three Sisters” directed by Scott Elliott; “Racing Demon” directed by Richard Eyre; and “Arcadia,” directed by Trevor Nunn. He was also seen off-Broadway in the ensemble cast of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” with Al Pacino.

    For television, Giamatti appeared in “The Pentagon Papers” with James Spader, HBO’s “Winchell” opposite Stanley Tucci and Jane Anderson’s “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

    Jason Schwartzman

    Richard Sherman

    Jason Schwartzman made his motion picture acting debut for Wes Anderson, starring opposite Bill Murray as Max Fischer in the acclaimed comedy “Rushmore.” His performance earned him a nomination for Most Promising Actor from the Chicago Film Critics Association, among other honors.

    Since that auspicious debut, he has continued to collaborate with Anderson on “The Darjeeling Limited” (which the pair wrote with Roman Coppola); the short film “Hotel Chevalier”; the animated feature “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (for which he contributed his vocal talents); “Moonrise Kingdom” (part of Anderson’s stellar ensemble cast of Murray, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton and Frances McDormand), which set a new record at the specialty box office over Memorial Day weekend for best limited indie debut of all time; and his latest big-screen venture, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” whose eclectic cast brings back thespians Murray, Norton and Swinton and adds Willem Dafoe, Saoirse Ronin, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody.

    His other movie credits include Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” opposite Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill; Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”; Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” alongside Kirsten Dunst; David O. Russell’s “I Heart Huckabees”; Jonas Åkerlund’s “Spun”; Andrew Niccol’s “S1m0ne” with Al Pacino; Anand Tucker’s “Shopgirl,” adapted by Steve Martin from his own book (for which Schwartzman received a Satellite Award nomination); and Roman Coppola’s “CQ.” He most recently reteamed with Coppola in the upcoming “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” and co-stars with Jennifer Aniston in Peter Bogdanovich’s “She’s Funny That Way.”

    The Los Angeles native also recently starred for three seasons as Jonathan Ames on HBO’s acclaimed, Brooklyn-based series “Bored to Death,” which also starred Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis.

    In the musical world, he was lead drummer for the Los Angeles-based band Phantom Planet, whose second studio album, “The Guest,” written in part by Schwartzman, was re-issued by Epic Records in February 2002 (after which the band embarked on a 14-month tour with Incubus. By 2006, he had launched a new endeavor as a one-man group, under the name Coconut Records, which released its debut album, “Nighttiming,” in 2007, with contributions from Incubus and Kirsten Dunst. Schwartzman wrote all of the songs and performs the majority of the instruments. The tune “West Coast” was heard in an episode of the television series “The O.C.” as well as in Matt Reeves’ hit horror film, “Cloverfield.” Coconut Records’ second album, “Davy,” was released in January 2009.

    Bradley Whitford

    Don DaGradi

    Bradley Whitford is a classically-trained stage actor who quickly gained overnight fame as the sarcastic yet vulnerable Josh Lyman on NBC’s “The West Wing,” for which he won the 2001 Emmy® as Outstanding Supporting Actor (with two additional nominations) and earned three consecutive Golden Globe® nominations (2001-03) for his role in the series. He maintains a successful and busy profile in theater, film and television.

    This fall, Whitford made his return to television in the new ABC comedy, “Trophy Wife.” The show also stars Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins. Recently, he made memorable guest appearances on Showtime’s “Shameless” and the NBC comedy “Go On.”

    Whitford recently co-starred in two independent feature films by writer/director, Randall Miller: “Savannah” and “CBGB.” He was seen in Joss Whedon’s hit thriller “The Cabin in the Woods” alongside Richard Jenkins and Chris Hemsworth, which opened Austin’s South-by-Southwest Film Festival in March, 2012. Whitford also starred in the 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame Production “Have a Little Faith” opposite Laurence Fishburne and Martin Landau. On stage, Whitford most recently starred in the theater production of the Tony Award®-winning “Art” at The Pasadena Playhouse.

    In 2010, he starred on the FOX-TV series “The Good Guys” opposite co-star Colin Hanks. Additional television credits include “Studio 60 from the Sunset Strip,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” “NYPD Blue” and his notable work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy®-winning NBC drama “The West Wing,” created by Aaron Sorkin.

    Whitford’s film credits include the gritty drama “An American Crime” opposite Catherine Keener and Ellen Page; “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” the big-screen adaptation of the bestselling Ann Brashares book; “Little Manhattan,” a romantic-comedy directed by Mark Levin and written by Jennifer Flackett; Miramax’s romantic-comedy “Kate and Leopold” opposite Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman; Albert Brooks’ satire “The Muse” with Sharon Stone; Chris Columbus’ “Bicentennial Man” opposite Robin Williams; Martin Brest’s Oscar®-nominated “Scent of a Woman” opposite Al Pacino; Clint Eastwood’s “A Perfect World” alongside Kevin Costner; Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia” with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington; plus “The Client,” “My Life,” “Red Corner,” “Presumed Innocent” and “My Fellow Americans.”

    Growing up in Wisconsin, Whitford studied theater and English literature at Wesleyan University and attended The Juilliard Theater Center. He received rave reviews for his return to the Broadway stage in the production of “Boeing-Boeing” at the Longacre Theater opposite Christine Baranski, Mark Rylance, Gina Gershon and Mary McCormack, and also appeared in the original Broadway staging of Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed military courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men.”

    He made his professional acting debut in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard’s “Curse of the Starving Class” opposite Kathy Bates. Additional theater credits include “Three Days of Rain” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, “Measure for Measure” at Lincoln Center Theater, “Romeo and Juliet” at The Joseph Papp Public Theater/Aspacher Theatre, and the title role in “Coriolanus” at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.

    Annie Rose Buckley


    Annie Rose Buckley makes her motion-picture acting debut in the role of Ginty, the young author-to-be in the film’s turn-of-the-century flashback sequences.

    Annie hails from Penrith, New South Wales, Australia, (a community an hour west of Sydney). Signing with a local agency at age 5, the 12-year-old actress made her professional acting debut in a 2007 American TV spot for Cottonelle bath tissue.

    Working mostly in the commercial arena, Annie has graced both print ads and TV spots for such products as McDonald’s, LG Electronics, Medibank Insurance, FOXTEL PayTV and Taste Magazine.

    In 2010, she debuted in her first dramatic role, playing the part of “Young Celia” opposite her twin brother Max (she is one minute older, she reminds) in two episodes of Australia’s Seven Network Series “Home and Away.”

    Ruth Wilson

    Margaret Goff

    Ruth Wilson co-starred in Joe Wright’s big-screen adaptation of Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” opposite Keira Knightley and Jude Law, and in Gore Verbinski’s reimagining of the classic Western hero “The Lone Ranger” alongside Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp. She most recently completed work on three more feature films: Scott Frank’s crime thriller “A Walk Among the Tombstones” with Liam Neeson; the indie thriller “Locke” with Tom Hardy; and “Suite française.”

    The British (Surrey) native studied history at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2003. While at Nottingham, she was also involved in student drama at New Theatre (Nottingham). She later graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2005, the same year she debuted on UK television in the situation comedy, “Suburban Shootout.”

    The following year, she essayed the title role in her breakout performance in the BBC miniseries “Jane Eyre,” collecting Best Actress nominations for the BAFTA TV Award, the Broadcasting Press Guild Award and the Golden Globe®.

    She continued to work in British television in such TV movies as ITV’s “Miss Marple: Nemesis,” the BBC’s “Capturing Mary” and “Small Island,” and in two miniseries: “The Prisoner” and the Emmy®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning crime drama “Luther.” “Luther” aired on BBC America while “Small Island” aired on PBS’ “Masterpiece Classic” in the U.S.

    Wilson is also a mainstay on the British stage, where she has won Olivier Awards for her performances in two Donmar Warehouse productions: Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” (as Stella alongside Rachel Weisz’s Blanche DuBois) and the title role of “Anna Christie” opposite Jude Law. She debuted on the London stage in 2007 in the National Theatre presentation of Maxim Gorky’s “The Philistines.”

    B.J. Novak

    Robert Sherman

    B.J. Novak is an actor and writer best known for his work on NBC’s long-running hit comedy, “The Office.” In addition to starring as Ryan, Novak also served as an executive producer of the series (sharing five Emmy® nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series), as well as one of its most frequent writers and directors.

    A few of Novak’s memorable big-screen performances include his role as Pfc Smithson Utivich in Quentin Tarantino's “Inglourious Basterds,” as well as appearances in films such as “The Internship,” “Knocked Up” and “Reign Over Me.” He will next be seen in the upcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

    In television, Novak recently served as executive producer for the pilot of “The Mindy Project” on Fox, and continues to work as a writer, director, recurring guest star and consulting producer on the show. Prior to “The Office,” he made his onscreen debut in a series of improvised roles on the MTV prank show “Punk’d.”

    Also a standup comedian, Novak has performed frequently at colleges and theaters across the country since 2002, including televised spots on Comedy Central and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” In 2008, his show “B.J. Novak & Friends” at Town Hall was featured as the closing night of the New York Comedy Festival. He also served as host of the 2010 Webby Awards.

    As an author, Novak’s debut collection of comedic short fiction, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories,” will be published by Knopf/Random House in early 2014.

    Rachel Griffiths

    Aunt Ellie

    Rachel Griffiths reunites with director John Lee Hancock after starring as Lorri Morris, the wife of an aspiring Major League baseball player (Dennis Quaid), in his inspirational 2002 sports drama, “The Rookie.”

    Griffiths is well-known to both film and television audiences around the world for her award-winning work in such projects as HBO’s Emmy®-winning drama series “Six Feet Under” (Golden Globe® and SAG® Ensemble Cast Awards, two Emmy nominations for Lead Actress), the acclaimed 1998 biopic, “Hilary and Jackie” (Oscar® and SAG nominations), and her motion picture debut, “Muriel’s Wedding” (Australian Film Institute and Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards), in which she played Rhonda, Toni Collette’s indefatigable best friend.

    The Melbourne native is a mainstay at the annual Australian Film Institute Awards ceremony, winning her second honor for HBO’s “Six Feet Under” and another award for her supporting performance in actress Rachel Ward’s mystery “Beautiful Kate.” She earned five additional Best Actress nominations for the TV series “Brothers & Sisters” (two Golden Globe® nods as well), “The Hard Word,” “Me Myself and I” and “Amy.” She also collected a sixth nomination as writer-director of her 2003 short film, “Roundabout” (as well as honors from the Melbourne International Film Festival and the Film Critics Circle of Australia).

    Griffiths graduated from Victoria College as a drama and dance major before commencing her career on the stage with both the Melbourne and Sydney Theatre companies. Her stage credits include A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia,” Wendy Wasserstein’s “The Sisters Rosensweig,” Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” and David Auburn’s “Proof,” for which she won the Green Room Award with the Melbourne troupe. She made her Broadway stage debut in the 2011 production of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” starring opposite Stockard Channing and Stacy Keach.

    After “Muriel’s Wedding,” Griffiths reteamed with director P.J. Hogan in the big-screen romantic-comedy “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” She also starred in such films as Stephan Elliott’s “Welcome to Woop Woop”; “Cosi,” reuniting with Toni Collette; Peter Duncan’s “Children of the Revolution”; Ted Demme’s “Blow” with Johnny Depp; “Among Giants”; “Divorcing Jack”; “Very Annie Mary”; the 2003 remake of “Ned Kelly” with Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts and Geoffrey Rush; “Step Up”; “My Son the Fanatic” (British Independent Film Award nomination); Michael Winterbottom’s “Jude”; and John Hillcoat’s “To Have & To Hold.”

    In addition to her TV series roles in “Six Feet Under” and “Brothers & Sisters,” Griffiths has also graced the small screen in such projects as “Comanche Moon” (from Larry McMurtry’s book), “Plainsong,” “Angel,” “The Feds,” “Since You’ve Been Gone” and the Aussie series “Secrets.”

    Returning to Australia last year, Griffiths took on the role of Christine Assange in the Australian television project “Underground: The Julian Assange Story,” based on the formative years of the WikiLeaks founder. She recently completed filming the independent Australian horror feature “Patrick” and starred as Mackenzie “Mack” Granger in the 2013 summer series “Camp” for NBC.

    Kathy Baker


    Kathy Baker earned three Emmy® Awards (plus a fourth nomination) for her starring role as Dr. Jill Brock, the small-town physician whose husband, the local sheriff, tries to maintain order amidst strange doings in David E. Kelley’s quirky dramedy series “Picket Fences.” Baker also won a Golden Globe® (plus two additional nominations), the SAG® Award (as Lead Series Actress/Drama) and a SAG Ensemble Cast nomination for her work on the CBS series.

    On the small screen, Baker collected three more Emmy® nominations, for Outstanding Guest Actress/Drama Series in “Touched by an Angel” (1994) and Kelley’s “Boston Public” (2000), and for Best Supporting Actress/Miniseries or Movie for TNT’s “Door to Door” (2002).

    She has co-starred in several telefilms over the years, notably Curtis Hanson’s Emmy®-nominated “Too Big to Fail” for HBO; Spike Lee’s “Sucker Free City” for Showtime; “Picking Up & Dropping Off”; “A Family’s Decision”; “Sanctuary”; Showtime’s ensemble drama “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her”; “Not in This Town”; Showtime’s “Lush Life”; “Nobody’s Child”; and the CBS miniseries “Shake, Rattle & Roll: An American Love Story.” She starred in the recent Lifetime series “Against the Wall” and has reprised the role of Rose Gammon, the longtime assistant to Massachusetts police chief Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck), in five CBS telefilms, the most recent being “Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt.” Series guest spots include “Medium,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Law & Order,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Bull” and “Saving Grace.”

    On the motion picture screen, Baker won accolades for her role as a streetwise hooker in Jerry Schatzberg’s 1987 thriller “Street Smart,” winning Best Supporting Actress honors from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics, as well as earning an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

    Other film credits include Lasse Halström’s Oscar®-winning “The Cider House Rules” (SAG® nominee for Best Ensemble Cast); “Take Shelter” with Jessica Chastain and Michael Shannon; “Big Miracle”; “Last Chance Harvey” opposite Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson; “The Jane Austen Book Club”; “Shades of Ray”; “All the King’s Men” with Sean Penn; “Nine Lives”; “13 Going on 30” opposite Jennifer Garner; Anthony Minghella’s Oscar®-winning “Cold Mountain” with Nicole Kidman and Jude Law; Robert Duvall’s “Assassination Tango”; “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday”; “Mad Dog and Glory” opposite Robert De Niro; “The Glass House”; “Clean and Sober”; “Dad”; “Jacknife”; “Mister Frost”; Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” with Johnny Depp; and her motion picture debut, Philip Kaufman’s Academy Award®-winning epic “The Right Stuff.”

    Kathy Baker grew up in Albuquerque where she began acting at age 10. She majored in French at University of California at Berkeley before moving to Paris for two years, where she appeared in local theater while studying for her Le Grande Diplome at Cordon Bleu.

    Following her sojourn in Paris, she returned to the Bay Area and continued working in theater, most notably with the Magic Theatre in three Sam Shepard plays: “Seduced,” “Curse of the Starving Class” and “Fool for Love.” She subsequently moved to New York City with the latter play, winning an Obie Award for her performance alongside Ed Harris (with whom she later worked in “The Right Stuff” and “Jacknife”). Additional stage credits include Eugene O’Neill’s “Desire Under the Elms,” the New York Public Theater’s production of “Aunt Dan and Lemon,” Tracy Letts’ “Man from Nebraska” at South Coast Repertory, and Joanna Murray-Smith’s “The Gift” at The Geffen Playhouse.

    She recently produced and acted in her son Julian Camillieri’s original screenplay, “The Party Is Over.” Her most recent completed works are the films “Model Home,” “Return to Zero,” and the much anticipated “Boulevard,” opposite Robin Williams. On the small screen, she will next be seen on the upcoming A&E series “Those who Kill,” and in Comedy Central’s “Big Time in Hollywood, Florida.”

    John Lee Hancock


    Best Director

    John Lee Hancock returns to the director’s chair following the smashing success of his 2009 inspirational sports drama, “The Blind Side,” one of the year’s critical and commercial hits. The film collected a Best Picture Academy Award® nomination and the Best Actress Oscar® for star Sandra Bullock while earning over $300 million dollars at the global box office.

    Hancock’s own inspirational story started in a Houston law office, where he served as an attorney for three years after obtaining his B.A. in English from Baylor University and his J.D. from Baylor Law School. With an interest in the arts and an affinity for creative writing, the Texas City native got involved in theater. He served as a member of Fountainhead Theatre Company and, with Brandon Lee, founded Legal Aliens Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where he wrote and directed the plays “Full Fed Beast,” “Riff for Emily” and “Ten to Midnight.”

    Relinquishing his chosen career, Hancock apprenticed in the motion-picture arena, where he worked in a variety of production positions while continuing to write plays and scripts.

    After directing a small feature in 1991, he sold his original screenplay, “A Perfect World,” to Warner Bros., with Clint Eastwood directing and co-starring alongside Kevin Costner and Laura Dern. He reunited with Eastwood a few years later when he adapted John Berendt’s huge bestseller, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” with Eastwood directing stars John Cusack and Kevin Spacey.

    In addition to his screenwriting career, Hancock also produced (with Mark Johnson and Jay Russell) the heartwarming period drama, “My Dog Skip,” which starred Kevin Bacon, Diane Lane and Frankie Muniz. He reunited with Johnson as director of his first uplifting sports drama, “The Rookie” (2002), with Dennis Quaid, and again with the Oscar®-winning producer on his 2004 retelling of the historical epic, “The Alamo,” which starred Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric and Patrick Wilson.

    Hancock has also tackled the small screen, where he created, produced and directed episodes of the CBS drama “L.A. Doctors,” and executive produced the CBS drama, “Falcone.”

    Kelly Marcel


    Best Original Screenplay

    Kelly Marcel’s first major screenwriting breakthrough came when her TV show “Terra Nova” was the subject of a bidding war, culminating in Steven Spielberg producing it as a 13-episode series for Twentieth Century Fox. Marcel served as co-creator and executive producer of the Amblin/FOX-TV sci-fi-adventure series, for which she wrote the series’ pilot episode.

    She began writing about a dozen years ago, first penning the UK version of the popular stage musical-comedy “Debbie Does Dallas, the Musical.” She later found a niche in script doctoring for such projects as the 2008 true crime thriller “Bronson,” which became an early breakout role for actor Tom Hardy. In 2010, she and Hardy (along with fellow writer Brett C. Leonard) co-founded the Bad Dog Theatre Company, where she resides as co-artistic director. Hardy and Marcel have thus far written and sold a pair of TV projects and are collaborating on a movie with Noomi Rapace.

    Marcel herself is working on several assorted projects. She just began adapting two diverse novels: Rebecca Hunt’s book “Mr. Chartwell” (which follows Winston Churchill near the end of his reign in 1964) and E.L. James’ literary phenomenon “Fifty Shades of Grey” for Focus Features. She is also rewriting “The Little Mermaid” for Working Title and director Joe Wright.

    Alison Owen


    Best Picture

    Alison Owen, one of the UK’s leading film and television producers, earned an Academy Award® nomination and a BAFTA Award (Best Film) in 1998 for Shekhar Kapur’s historical drama, “Elizabeth,” which collected a total of seven Academy Awards® and twelve BAFTA nominations. She is the founding partner of Ruby Film and Television, which she launched as a production company in 1999.

    Projects in the works include screen adaptations of Emma Forrest’s memoir “Your Voice in My Head”; “Gemma Bovery,” a take on the classic “Madame Bovary” adapted from the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds being helmed by Anne Fontaine and starring Fabrice Luchini and Gemma Arterton; and Deborah Moggach’s bestselling historical romance “Tulip Fever”; as well as “The Fury” from an original screenplay written by Abi Morgan, directed by Sarah Gavron, with Carey Mulligan starring in the ensemble piece about the suffragette movement.

    Owen recently executive produced Stephen Poliakoff’s “Dancing on the Edge,” an original series for BBC Two, airing in the USA on Starz in October, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, John Goodman and Jacqueline Bisset; and the first series of the detective show “Case Histories” for the BBC, airing in the USA on “Masterpiece Mystery” in 2011, starring Jason Isaacs as Kate Atkinson’s hero Jackson Brodie, with a second series recently airing on the BBC. Owen also executive produced the Emmy®-winning “Temple Grandin,” HBO’s inspiring true-life drama, starring Claire Danes, David Strathairn, Julia Ormond and Catherine O’Hara, which picked up seven Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actress (Danes) and Outstanding Directing (Mick Jackson); “Toast,” for BBC Films, starring Freddie Highmore and Helena Bonham Carter, which had its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011; and “Small Island,” a period drama made for the BBC in 2009, airing in the USA on “Masterpiece Classic,” for which Ruby Films and Northern Ireland Screen picked up an International Emmy® for Best TV Movie/Mini-series.

    Owen previously produced the award-winning “Jane Eyre,” directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell and Judi Dench; Stephen Frears’ “Tamara Drewe” (Official Selection, Cannes 2010); “Sylvia,” directed by Christine Jeffs and starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig; “Proof,” David Auburn’s acclaimed drama directed by John Madden, starring Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Jake Gyllenhaal; “The Other Boleyn Girl,” starring Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Eric Bana; and “Brick Lane,” directed by Sarah Gavron and starring Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik and Christopher Simpson.

    She also executive produced Edgar Wright’s acclaimed zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead,” a major critical and commercial success; “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” starring George Clooney, Kevin Spacey and Ewan McGregor; Steve Barron’s “Rat,” starring Pete Postlethwaite; Menhaj Huda’s “Is Harry on the Boat?”; and Philippa Collie-Cousins’ “Happy Now.”

    Earlier producer credits include Fine Line Features’ production of Paul Weiland’s “Roseanna’s Grave”; Danny Cannon’s “The Young Americans” starring Harvey Keitel and Viggo Mortenson; David Anspaugh’s “Moonlight and Valentino” starring Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner and Paltrow; and her first feature, Peter Chelsom’s Irish comedy “Hear My Song,” which earned Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominations and was chosen Best Comedy Film at the 1991 British Comedy Awards. The film earned Owen a nomination as Most Promising New Producer from the Producers Guild of America.

    Ian Collie


    Best Picture

    Ian Collie is a partner at Essential Media & Entertainment, one of Australia’s best-known television production companies.

    A highly experienced drama and documentary television producer, Collie has produced three seasons of the series “Rake,” starring Richard Roxburgh and featuring some of Australia’s top acting talent, including Toni Collette, Cate Blanchett, Rachel Griffiths, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill and Lisa McCune. “Rake” airs on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation network (and DirecTV and Netflix in the U.S.) and earned an Australian Film Institute nomination as Best Drama Series and a Silver Logie Award for Richard Roxburgh. Collie is executive producer on the U.S. version of the comedy-drama “Rake” with star Greg Kinnear, director Sam Raimi, writer-producer Peter Duncan (the Australian creator of “Rake”), Peter Tolan and Sony Television. The show will air on the Fox network in January 2014.

    His crime series “Jack Irish,” based on the books by Peter Temple, premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival and aired on the Australian Broadcast Company (ABC) network in October 2012. Collie has produced three separate telefilms: “Jack Irish: Bad Debts,” “Jack Irish: Black Tide,” and “Jack Irish: Dead Point,” all starring Guy Pearce in the title role.

    Another crime telefilm, “The Broken Shore,” starring Don Hany and Claudia Karvan, based on the international award-winning book by Peter Temple, was launched at the Adelaide Film Festival and will screen on ABC in 2014.

    He also oversaw production for “Australia On Trial,” a five-part documentary series covering actual criminal trials in both the New South Wales and Western Australia Supreme Courts. The series, which aired in April 2012, marked the first-ever access granted to the filming of a murder trial. And, in 2010, he produced the cross platform social history project “The Making of Modern Australia” for the ABC, which also featured a companion online site and book by William McInnes.

    His other credits include the telefilms “Stepfather of the Bride” and “Hell Has Harbour Views” (the latter an AFI nominee for Best Telefeature or Miniseries in 2005) and various drama docs and documentaries including “Whatever! The Science of Teens,” “Rogue Nation,” “The Catalpa Rescue,” “A Case for the Coroner,” “Art House,” “The Original Mermaid” (AFI nominee for Best Documentary of 2002) and “The Shadow of Mary Poppins,” the hour-long documentary about the life of author P.L. Travers that inspired “Saving Mr. Banks.”

    A veteran solicitor (lawyer), Collie used his background in law to enter the television field, where he produced his very first project, a four-part series called “DIY Law.” In his former vocation, he was executive director of the Arts Law Centre of Australia and the Australian Directors Guild and, prior to that, was a solicitor for the firms Cashman and Partners & Slater and Gordon.

    When not working on a film/TV set, the Aussie native can be found entertaining guests at his Australia Street Guest House, a quaint bed-and-breakfast he owns with his wife, photomedia artist Anne Zahalka.

    Philip Steuer


    Best Picture

    Philip Steuer reteams with director John Lee Hancock after executive producing his inspiring 2002 baseball drama, “The Rookie,” and the filmmaker’s epic retelling of the battle for Texas independence, the 2004 feature “The Alamo.”

    Most recently, Steuer produced one of the industry’s most successful movie franchises, “The Chronicles of Narnia” trilogy, whose three titles, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (2005), “Prince Caspian” (2008) and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010), have earned over $1.5 billion at the global box office. He followed these triumphs with his turn as executive producer on Sam Raimi’s eagerly awaited fantasy prequel, “Oz The Great and Powerful.”

    This second-generation industry veteran (his father worked for American International Pictures) worked with such respected filmmakers as Mike Nichols, Neil Jordan, Ken Russell and Bruce Beresford early in his career before graduating to production supervisor on Peter Weir’s Oscar®-nominated “The Truman Show,” David Mirkin’s comedy, “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion” and Beresford’s prison drama, “Last Dance.”

    Steuer next established an ongoing relationship with respected filmmaker Neil LaBute. The pair joined forces for Propaganda Films and produced the biting romantic satire “Your Friends & Neighbors,” the biting romantic satire, starring Ben Stiller, Aaron Eckhart and Jason Patric. They collaborated again on the critically acclaimed, offbeat comedy “Nurse Betty,” with Renée Zellweger, Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock, which was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. He again reunited with LaBute on “The Shape of Things,” a quirky romantic story starring Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz.

    He has also enjoyed a long association with producer Mark Johnson, collaborating with the Oscar®-winning filmmaker on six feature films, including executive producing the aforementioned Hancock movies (“The Rookie,” “The Alamo”), producing “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, and the Walden Media adaptation of Thomas Rockwell’s popular children’s book, “How to Eat Fried Worms.”

    To complement his stellar film resume, Steuer has also lent his talents to the advertising world, executive producing the second series of memorable BMW Internet short features. The follow-up trilogy, entitled “The Hire: Hostage,” once again starred Clive Owen in spots directed by John Woo, Joe Carnahan and Tony Scott. Additionally, he has produced over 40 national commercial campaigns with such notable production companies as RSA, Propaganda and Anonymous Content, among others.

    Thomas Newman


    Best Original Score

    Thomas Newman is widely acclaimed as one of today’s most prominent film composers . He has composed music for nearly 100 motion pictures and television series and has earned 11 Academy Award® nominations and six Grammy® Awards.

    He is the youngest son of Alfred Newman (1900-1970), the longtime music director of Twentieth Century-Fox Studios and the composer of scores for such films as “Wuthering Heights,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “All About Eve.” As a child, Thomas Newman pursued basic music and piano studies. However, it was not until after his father’s death that the younger Newman, then age 14, felt charged with the desire to compose.

    Newman studied composition and orchestration at USC with Professor Frederick Lesemann and noted film composer David Raksin, and privately with composer George Tremblay. He completed his academic work at Yale University, studying with Jacob Druckman, Bruce MacCombie and Robert Moore. Newman also gratefully acknowledges the early influence of another prominent musician, the legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, who served as a great mentor and champion.

    A turning point in Newman’s career took place while he was working as a musical assistant on the 1984 film, “Reckless,” for which he soon was promoted to the position of composer. And so, at the age of 27, Newman successfully composed his first film score. Since then he has contributed distinctive and evocative scores to numerous acclaimed films, including “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “The Lost Boys,” “The Rapture,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Player,” “Scent of a Woman,” “Flesh and Bone,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Little Women,” “American Buffalo,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Oscar and Lucinda,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Meet Joe Black,” “American Beauty,” “The Green Mile,” “Erin Brockovich,” “In The Bedroom,” “Road to Perdition,” “Finding Nemo,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Cinderella Man,” “Jarhead,” “Little Children,” “The Good German,” “Revolutionary Road” and “Wall-E.” His most recent projects include “The Debt,” “The Adjustment Bureau,” “The Help,” “The Iron Lady,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Skyfall” and “Side Effects.” Newman also composed the music for HBO’s acclaimed six-hour miniseries “Angels in America,” directed by Mike Nichols. He received an Emmy® Award for his theme for the HBO original series “Six Feet Under.”

    In addition to his work in film and television, Newman has composed several works for the concert stage, including the symphonic work “Reach Forth Our Hands,” commissioned in 1996 by the Cleveland Orchestra to commemorate its city’s bicentennial, as well as “At Ward’s Ferry, Length 180 ft.,” a concerto for double bass and orchestra commissioned in 2001 by the Pittsburgh Symphony. His latest concert piece was a chamber work entitled “It Got Dark,” commissioned by the acclaimed Kronos Quartet in 2009. As part of a separate commission by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the work was expanded and adapted for symphony orchestra and string quartet, and premiered at Walt Disney Concert Hall in December of 2009.

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    Best Picture

    • Produced by: Alison Owen,
    • Ian Collie & Philip Steuer

    Best Director

    • John Lee Hancock

    Best Actress

    • Emma Thompson

    Best Supporting Actor

    • Tom Hanks
    • Colin Farrell

    Best Original Screenplay

    • Kelly Marcel & Sue Smith

    Best Cinematography

    • John Schwartzman

    Best Production Design

    • Production Designer:
    • Michael Corenblith
    • Set Decorator:
    • Susan Benjamin

    Best Film Editing

    • Mark Livolsi

    Best Sound Mixing

    • Production Sound Mixer:
    • John Pritchett
    • Re-Recording Mixers:
    • David E. Fluhr
    • Gregory King

    Best Sound Editing

    • Supervising Sound Editor:
    • Jon Johnson

    Best Costume Design

    • Daniel Orlandi

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    • Julie Hewitt
    • Deborah La Mia Denaver
    • Hair Department Head:
    • Frances Mathias

    Best Original Score

    • Thomas Newman
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    Catherine O’Hara

    Mrs. Frankenstein / Weird Girl /
    Gym Teacher (voice)

    Catherine O’Hara (Mrs. Frankenstein, Weird Girl, Gym Teacher) won the 2007 National Board of Review Award for Supporting Actress for her work in Christopher Guest’s comedy, “For Your Consideration.”  She and Guest also collaborated on “A Mighty Wind,” “Best in Show” and “Waiting for Guffman.”

    Other film credits include “After Hours,” “Heartburn,” “Beetlejuice,” “Home Alone,” “Home Fries,” “Orange County,” “Last of the High Kings,” “The Life Before This,” “Penelope,” “Away We Go,” “Where the Wild Things Are” and for HBO, “Temple Grandin.”

    O’Hara first acted with Toronto’s Second City Theatre, then, with fellow alumni, created the comedy show “SCTV,” which is currently enjoying success on DVD. O’Hara won an Emmy® Award and earned four Emmy nominations for her writing on the show.

    She provided voices for “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Over the Hedge,” “Monster House” and “Glenn Martin, DDS.”

    Martin Short

    Mr. Frankenstein / Nassor /
    Mr. Burgemeister (voice)

    Martin Short (Mr. Frankenstein, Nassor, Mr. Burgemeister), a celebrated comedian and actor, has won fans and accolades in television, film and theater since his breakout season on “Saturday Night Live” almost 30 years ago.

    Short won his first Emmy® in 1982 while working on Canada’s “SCTV Comedy Network,” which brought him to the attention of the producers of “Saturday Night Live.” He became a fan-favorite for his portrayal of characters such as Ed Grimley, lawyer Nathan Thurm and “legendary songwriter” Irving Cohen.

    His popularity and exposure on “Saturday Night Live” led Short to cross over quickly into feature films. He made his debut in “Three Amigos” and followed with “Inner Space,” “Three Fugitives,” “Clifford,” “Pure Luck” and Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks!”. One of Short’s most memorable roles was in the remake of “Father of the Bride,” as Franck the wedding planner, a role he reprised a few years later in “Father of the Bride Part II.” Most recently, Short was featured in the animated film “Madagascar 3.”

    An accomplished stage actor, Short won a Tony® and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his role in the revival of “Little Me.” He was also nominated for a Tony and took home an Outer Critics Circle Award for the musical version of Neil Simon’s “The Goodbye Girl.” Short also co-wrote and starred in “Fame Becomes Me.”
    Short returned to television in an Emmy®-nominated role for the miniseries “Merlin” and host of “The Martin Short Show,” which garnered him seven Emmy nominations. Short also wrote, produced and starred in three comedy specials, winning two Cable ACE awards and an Emmy. In 2001, he launched the critically acclaimed “Primetime Glick,” garnering another five Emmy nominations. Short was nominated for his nineteenth Emmy award in 2010 for his work as the lawyer Leonard Winstone on the critically acclaimed FX series “Damages.”

    Currently, Short can be seen on the CBS hit comedy series “How I Met Your Mother” in the recurring role of Garrison Cootes. His voice can be heard as the Cat in the critically acclaimed PBS series “Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That.”
    In 1994, Short was awarded the Order of Canada, the Canadian equivalent to British Knighthood. He was also inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in June 2000.

    Martin Landau

    Mr. Rzykruski (voice)

    For revered actor Martin Landau (Mr. Rzykruski) there has been a rich continuity of great roles and great performances across six decades.

    Landau, winner of the 1994 Best Supporting Oscar® for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood,” had also been nominated for an Academy Award® twice before, first in 1988 for his performance as Abe Karatz in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tucker” and again for his role as Judah Rosenthal in Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

    In addition to his Academy Award® nominations, Landau’s list of honors for “Ed Wood” was unprecedented. He received The Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globe® Award, The Screen Actors Guild’s® first annual award, The Actor, The American Comedy Award, The New York Film Critics Award, The National Society of Film Critics Award, The Chicago Film Critics Award, The Los Angeles Film Critics Award, The Boston Film Critics Award and the Texas Film Critics Award.

    One of the most active of film and television performers, he is also one of the most acknowledged and sought-after acting teachers.  A proud member of The Actors Studio, he has continued that great teaching institution as Artistic Director of Actors Studio West, a post he has for many years shared with director Mark Rydell. He has been personal instructor for many of Hollywood’s greatest stars.

    Landau made his Hollywood debut in the Gregory Peck-starring war film, “Pork Chop Hill” and went on to star in such films as Alfred Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest,” Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tucker” and Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “Cleopatra.”  

    In television, Landau has graced the small screen in scores of notable performances. He has received six Emmy® nominations, including two for guest-starring appearances on “Without A Trace,” playing Anthony LaPaglia’s father, a man in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, and thereafter for his three-episode arc on “Entourage.” In addition to dozens of made-for-TV and cable movies and hundreds of guest-starring appearances in episodic shows, television viewers around the world are familiar with the two hit series in which Landau starred, “Mission: Impossible” and “Space: 1999.”

    Landau’s distinctive voice and vocal character creation have made him a leading voice actor of animated films. He teamed with such other esteemed actors as Laurence Fishburne in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of the beloved Mitch Albom novel, “Have A Little Faith” and with Ellen Burstyn in the festival-honored feature, “Lovely, Still.” 

    Landau starred in “The Aryan Couple,” with Judy Parfitt, a festival-honored theatrical film written and directed by Landau’s longtime friend, partner and fellow Oscar® winner, the late John Daly. For this performance, set against the terrors of Nazi persecutions, Landau was honored with the following awards: Milano International Film Festival (Best Actor) and Jewish Image Awards (Best Male Role).

    Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he studied art at the prestigious Pratt Institute, regarded as one of America’s finest art schools. Then at 17, he worked as an artist for the New York Daily News, the newspaper with the country’s largest circulation, illustrating Billy Rose’s column, “Pitching Horseshoes,” as well as other comic strips, including the renowned “The Gumps.” Needing a new challenge, he resigned from the newspaper and began studying theater in his early twenties. When he auditioned for the Actor’s Studio, he was one of 2000 applicants. That year only Martin Landau and Steve McQueen were accepted.

    Gaining experience under the tutelage of some of the theater’s greatest directors at the Actor’s Studio (Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Harold Clurman, Bobby Lewis and Curt Conway), Landau soon moved into professional theater. He played Juvan in Franz Werfel’s “Goat Song,” a role originated by Alfred Lunt, as well as other stage successes, including “Stalag 17,” “First Love the Penguin” and Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.” Having created the role with great success on Broadway, he arrived in Hollywood with the national company of Paddy Chayefsky’s “Middle of the Night,” which starred Edward G. Robinson.  Alfred Hitchcock’s viewing of that play resulted in his casting the young Landau opposite Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason in “North By Northwest.”  

    Charlie Tahan

    Victor (voice)

    Charlie Tahan (Victor) has been a fan of Tim Burton’s work for as long as he can remember, so he was honored to be cast as the voice of Victor in Burton’s “Frankenweenie.”

    Tahan made his major feature film debut at age nine, sharing the screen with Will Smith in the Warner Bros. blockbuster “I Am Legend.” Now 14 years old, Tahan has since gone on to work on numerous projects, ranging from short films and independent features to major studio releases. Notable roles include that of an autistic child in the Lionsgate thriller “Burning Bright”; Diane Lane’s son in Warner Bros.’ “Nights In Rodanthe”; and a co-starring turn alongside Natalie Portman in the IFC drama “The Other Woman.” Tahan’s starring performance as Zac Efron’s younger brother in Universal’s “Charlie St. Cloud” earned him strong reviews and a Saturn Award nomination.

    On the small screen, Tahan has had a recurring role on the NBC hit series “Law and Order: SVU” and guest-starring roles on the CBS drama “Blue Bloods” and the FOX sci-fi series “Fringe.”

    When he is not busy filming, Tahan enjoys skateboarding, drawing, playing the guitar, and spending time with his brother, sister and friends. He has a dog named Sam, and he loves her as much as Victor loves Sparky.

    Atticus Shaffer

    Edgar “E” Gore (voice)

    Atticus Shaffer (Edgar “E” Gore) lives in California with his mother, Debbie, and father, Ron, as well as a small menagerie of pets (all rescues).

    Atticus currently plays the role of Brick on ABC’s half-hour comedy, “The Middle.” He began his professional acting career in late 2006 with a guest-starring role in the comedy series “The Class.” Other television appearances followed, including “Human Giant,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Out of Jimmy’s Head,” “Carpoolers,” “My Name is Earl” and the Disney Channel’s “Shake it Up.”

    On film, Atticus is perhaps best known for the bus stop scene he shared with Will Smith in “Hancock.” Other feature films include “The Unborn,” “An American Carol,” “Leaving Barstow” and “Opposite Day.”

    Atticus has given a voice to numerous characters in the world of animation, both on film and TV. He appeared in “Year One” and “Subject: I Love You.” On television, he is a regular voice on The Disney Channel’s animated series, “Fish Hooks” and previously voiced a recurring part on “The Penguins of Madagascar” as well as a guest role on the animated series “Thundercats.” Atticus is also very talented with voice impersonations and has been incorporating that into some of his recent work.

    Atticus continues to excel in his education and is a major history buff, which he incorporates into directing stop-motion animated movies using Legos. He is an avid “gamer” and especially enjoys video games that include history, Legos or “Star Wars.”

    Atticus has made numerous talk show appearances, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan,” “The View,” “Good Morning America” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”—a fan favorite. He was selected to be a presenter for the 2011 Genesis Awards for his recognition to public awareness of humane treatment of animals and was invited to be the Grand Marshal of Washington, D.C.’s 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival. He was also invited to an internship with Lego Master Builders of Florida, who honored him for spending time learning more about one of his most passionate hobbies.

    In addition to all of this are his love for acting and his true passion for comedy. Atticus gives much love and credit to his mom and dad for enabling him to “be himself” and have the time of his life.

    Robert Capron

    Bob (voice)

    Robert Capron (Bob) began his acting career when he was eight years old by enrolling in an after-school drama program sponsored by Trinity Repertory Company. Later that year he landed a role as Turkey Boy in Trinity’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” Since that time Robert has performed a variety of roles on stage. Recently, Robert has turned his efforts to film. Robert’s first principal role was in “Bride Wars,” where he played Robert. Shortly thereafter, he earned a role as young Dave’s pal in the movie “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

    Robert’s role as Rowley in Fox’s three-movie franchise “Diary of A Wimpy Kid” (2010, 2011) is perhaps his most recognized role to date. The third installment of the franchise, “Dog Days,” was released on August 3, 2012.

    In April 2012, Robert played Young Curly in the movie “The Three Stooges.” Looking ahead, Robert will be playing Derek in the 3D CGI motion-capture version of “Tarzan,” which is set for release in 2013.

    In addition to theater and film, Robert has also appeared on television as a guest star on ABC’s “The Middle” and as the lead on two episodes of The Hub Network’s “The Haunting Hour.”

    Robert is passionate about reading, acting, watching movies and writing his own screenplays. He loves riding his Razor scooter, swimming, riding his bike and playing in “improvised” rugby matches. He also enjoys playing video games and following all his favorite superheroes, and playing his percussion instruments.

    In May 2012, Robert was elected into the National Junior Honor Society and enters his first year of high school in September 2012. His favorite subjects are Social Studies and English.

    Conchata Ferrell

    Bob’s Mom (voice)

    Conchata Ferrell’s (Bob’s Mom) first Hollywood break was in Sidney Lumet’s “Network.” Following came many films, including “Heartland” with Rip Torn, “Where the River Runs Black,” “For Keeps,” “Mystic Pizza” alongside Julia Roberts, Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands,” starring Johnny Depp, “True Romance,” starring Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Dennis Hopper, Oliver Stone’s “Heaven and Earth,” “Touch,” “Erin Brockovich,” “K-Pax,” “Mr. Deeds” and “Surviving Eden.” On television, Ferrell has appeared as a guest star on over 100 different shows. She was seen as a series regular on “E/R” (the sitcom), “L.A. Law,” for which she received an Emmy® nomination, “Townies” and “Teen Angel.” Ferrell can currently be seen in her Emmy-nominated role of Berta on the CBS hit comedy series “Two and a Half Men,” which is starting its tenth season.

    Winona Ryder

    Elsa Van Helsing (voice)

    With two Oscar® nominations and a Golden Globe® award to her credit, Winona Ryder (Elsa Van Helsing) hails as one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents and classic beauties.

    Ryder was recently seen in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed supernatural thriller “Black Swan” opposite Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. The film went on to receive Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations.

    Ryder will next been seen in the drama “The Iceman” opposite Oscar® nominees Michael Shannon and James Franco. The film is based on the true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man.

    Ryder also appeared in the Universal comedy “The Dilemma,” from director Ron Howard, which co-starred Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Jennifer Connelly. Previously, she was seen in Rebecca Miller’s “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” opposite Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves and Julianne Moore, and in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek,” starring Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and Eric Bana.

    As Jo in Gillian Armstrong’s highly acclaimed version of the Louisa May Alcott classic, “Little Women,” Ryder received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actress. The previous year she was Oscar®-nominated, and won the Golden Globe® and National Board of Review Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence.” Ryder also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Richard Benjamin’s “Mermaids.”

    In 1999, Ryder starred in and served as executive producer on the critically acclaimed “Girl, Interrupted,” based on the best-selling memoir and directed by James Mangold. While the film marked Ryder’s first feature as executive producer, she previously produced the documentary “The Day My God Died,” which depicted the human story behind the modern tragedy of child sex trafficking in India.

    Noted for constantly challenging herself with each project, Ryder has worked with some of the most acclaimed directors in film today, including Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Alien: Resurrection”), Woody Allen (“Celebrity”), Nicholas Hytner (“The Crucible”), Billie August (“The House of the Spirits”), Francis Ford Coppola (“Bram Stoker’s Dracula”), Jim Jarmusch (“Night on Earth”), Tim Burton (“Edward Scissorhands” and “Beetlejuice”), Michael Lehman (“Heathers”), Ben Stiller (“Reality Bites”), Al Pacino (“Looking For Richard”), Joan Chen (“Autumn in New York”), Janusz Kaminski (“Lost Souls”), Jocelyn Moorehouse (“How To Make an American Quilt”), David Wain (“The Ten”), and Richard Linklater (“A Scanner Darkly”).

    On television, Ryder lent her voice to both “The Simpsons” and “Dr. Katz.” She also narrated a GRAMMY®-nominated album, “Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl.” Additionally, Ryder appeared in the season finale episode of “Strangers With Candy” and on an episode of “Friends.”

    In 1997, Ryder was honored with ShoWest’s Female Star of the Year, the Motion Picture Club’s Female Star of the Year, as well as receiving an honorary degree from San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater. She served as a juror for the 51st Annual Cannes International Film Festival under Martin Scorsese and received the Peter J. Owens Award for “brilliance, independence and integrity” at the 2000 San Francisco Film Festival. Ryder was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Ryder served on the Board of Trustees to the American Indian College Fund, which helps Native Americans preserve and protect their culture through education. She has been very involved with the KlaasKids Foundation since the organization’s inception in 1994.

    Tim Burton


    Widely regarded as one of the cinema’s most imaginative filmmakers, has enjoyed great success in both the live-action and animation arenas. Most recently he directed Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter and Eva Green in the gothic comedy “Dark Shadows,” based on the cult favorite television show.

    Burton also produced the fantasy horror thriller “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” which was directed by Timur Bekmambetov. In 2010, he directed “Alice in Wonderland,” an epic fantasy based on the classic story by Lewis Carroll, and starring Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Mia Wasikowska in the title role. The film earned more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, making it the second-highest-grossing release of 2010. “Alice in Wonderland” also received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Picture—Musical or Comedy, and won two Academy Awards®, for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

    Burton was previously honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature for the 2005 stop-motion film “Corpse Bride,” which he directed and produced. He earlier received BAFTA Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for Best Director for the acclaimed fantasy drama “Big Fish.” More recently, Burton won a National Board of Review Award and garnered Golden Globe® and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for his directing work on “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” which also won the Golden Globe for Best Film—Musical or Comedy. Depp earned an Oscar® nomination for his performance in the title role of Burton’s 2007 film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical thriller, also starring Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman.

    Burton began his film career in animation, and, in 1982, directed the stop-motion animated short “Vincent,” narrated by Vincent Price, which was an award winner on the film festival circuit. He made his feature film directorial debut in 1985 with the hit comedy “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.”

    In 1988, Burton helmed the inventive comedy hit “Beetlejuice,” starring Michael Keaton as the title character. He then reteamed with Keaton on the action blockbusters “Batman,” which became the top-grossing film of 1989 and also starred Jack Nicholson as the Joker, and “Batman Returns,” also starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito.

    In 1990, Burton directed, co-wrote and produced the romantic fantasy “Edward Scissorhands,” which was acclaimed by both critics and audiences. The film also marked the start of his successful cinematic partnership with Johnny Depp, who delivered a poignant performance in the title role. Their subsequent collaborations include the Burton-directed films “Ed Wood,” also starring Martin Landau in an Oscar®-winning portrayal of Bela Lugosi; “Sleepy Hollow,” adapted from the classic tale by Washington Irving; and the 2005 worldwide smash “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which was based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book and grossed more than $470 million worldwide.

    Burton’s additional directing credits include the all-star sci-fi comedy “Mars Attacks!,” which he also produced, and the 2001 remake of “Planet of the Apes,” which marked his first collaboration with producer Richard Zanuck.

    Burton also conceived and produced the stop-motion animated feature “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” which remains an enduring holiday favorite. In addition, he has produced such films as “Cabin Boy,” “Batman Forever” and the animated features “James and the Giant Peach” and “9.”

    In 2010, the filmmaker released “The Art of Tim Burton,” a 430-page book comprising more than 40 years of his personal and project artwork. In November of that year, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) opened an extensive exhibit of his work, which went on to tour in Melbourne, Australia, and Toronto, Canada. It opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in May 2011 and continued its tour in Paris, France this year.

    Allison Abbate


    Allison Abbate is the BAFTA award-winning producer of “The Iron Giant” and Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride.” She has made a career of working on some of the most innovative animated features in the business. A native of New York, Abbate relocated to Hollywood in 1989 where she started at Disney and served as an artistic coordinator on Tim Burton’s cult classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

    Abbate then moved to Paris for The Walt Disney Company to set up their satellite animation studio and co-produce the Academy Award®–nominated Mickey Mouse short “Runaway Brain.” In 1996, Abbate joined Warner Bros. where she co-produced the international hit feature “Space Jam,” which combined classic animated Warner Bros. characters with live-action sequences. This film, headlined by Bugs Bunny, Michael Jordan and Bill Murray, broke new ground in animated features.

    She then went on to earn a BAFTA award in 1999, as producer of Brad Bird’s internationally acclaimed “The Iron Giant,” an adaptation of British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes’ acclaimed children’s book, “The Iron Man.”

    Abbate followed up her success on “The Iron Giant” by producing “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” another family comedy, which teamed Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck with Brendan Fraser and Steve Martin.

    Abbate then moved to London in 2004 to produce the haunting musical feature, “Corpse Bride,” starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, with director Tim Burton. “Corpse Bride” was also nominated for an Oscar® in 2005.

    In 2006, she joined forces with acclaimed filmmaker Wes Anderson to produce another Oscar®-nominated feature, “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” a stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s story, featuring the voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep.

    Jon Brion


    Best Original Score

    The music for “Frankenweenie” was composed by Academy Award®–nominated Danny Elfman, whose working relationship with Tim Burton goes back to 1985 when Elfman composed the score for “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” Elfman has composed the scores for all of Burton’s films thus far, with the exception of two.

    Elfman admits that he is still excited when he signs on to score a new Tim Burton film. He comments, “Before I even really know what it is, I know it’s going to be interesting and strange and fun. ‘Frankenweenie’ is very sweet but then there’s this monster movie side of it that I really got to tap into my own roots as a life-long fan of that genre.”

    Like Burton, Elfman grew up on a steady diet of monster films. He went every weekend to a local movie theater that played science fiction, horror and fantasy films.  He is calling upon all of those early experiences to create the perfect score for “Frankenweenie.” “We did some strings that reminded me of Dimitri Tiomkin,” says Elfman. “I’m also using a little bit of Theremin and touching on some Japanese horror.”

    Elfman describes his score for “Frankenweenie” as a “weird combination of very simple and sweet and a dose of fun horror.” He explains, “There’s a theme for Victor and his relationship with his dog and then there’s actually a theme for Sparky himself. Sparky’s theme is more playful, as dogs are. Victor’s theme is a little sadder because it’s more about how much he loves and misses Sparky. It is ultimately a story about a boy and his dog and there’s almost nothing purer than that.”

    In scoring the film, Elfman is employing a traditional orchestra that is smaller than the one he usually uses on films like “Alice in Wonderland.” “I’m getting a big sound out of a smaller group, which makes it just a bit more authentic to the period because they didn’t really use big orchestras back in those days,” he says.

    Working with Tim Burton is a unique experience because Burton approaches the collaboration with the composer quite differently than most directors. As Elfman explains: “We just don’t talk about the movie a lot or spend time analyzing the characters. With Tim everything with the music is really visceral.”

    Elfman is a fan of “the simplicity and the sweetness” of the film. “It’s something that takes me back to ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ which also had a very simple story,” says Elfman. “It’s very pure Tim and very uniquely Tim in that regard—the look and the feel of it and it’s great to be able to frolic in that realm.”

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    Billy Crystal

    Mike Wazowski (voice)

    Emmy Award®-winning comedian and actor Billy Crystal is known worldwide for his film roles in “When Harry Met Sally…,” “City Slickers,” “The Princess Bride” and “Analyze This”; his 2005 Tony®-winning Broadway show, “700 Sundays”; as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live”; and as the host (multiple times), of the Academy Awards® ceremonies.

    Crystal was born on March 14, 1948, and grew up in Long Beach, N.Y. He graduated from New York University with a B.F.A. from the Tisch School of Arts in 1970. His breakthrough role was on the nighttime series “Soap” from 1977 to 1981. In 1984, he hosted “Saturday Night Live” and then joined the cast. His most famous creation was Fernando, a talk-show host with the tagline “You look mahvelous!”

    Other film credits include “This Is Spinal Tap” (1984), “Running Scared” (1986), “Throw Momma from the Train” (1987) and “Forget Paris” (1995). He directed the HBO film “61*” (2001) about the race between Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris to break Babe Ruth’s single-season home-run record. He is the recipient of the 2007 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. His previous books include “Absolutely Marvelous” (1986), “700 Sundays” (2005) and two children’s books, “I Already Know I Love You” (2004) and “Grandpa’s Little One” (2006). Crystal is well known for hosting the Oscars® a total of nine times; he has also hosted the GRAMMY® Awards three times and, as a result of his work in television, has won six Emmy® Awards. He was seen starring alongside Bette Midler in the Twentieth Century Fox family comedy “Parental Guidance,” in theaters on Christmas Day, 2012. He will also reprise his role as Mike Wazowski in Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University,” the prequel to “Monsters, Inc.,” to be released in 2013. Crystal is currently working on a humorous memoir on aging that will be published by Henry Holt in 2013.

    John Goodman

    James P. Sullivan (voice)

    John Goodman’s current film projects include Ben Affleck’s drama “Argo,” which premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival; the Robert Zemeckis thriller “Flight,” which premiered as the closing-night film at the New York Film Festival; and Clint Eastwood’s sports drama “Trouble with the Curve.”

    Among his other upcoming films are the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy “The Internship,” Todd Phillips’ “The Hangover Part III,” and Disney•Pixar’s “Monster’s University.”

    Goodman’s recent film credits include the Weinstein Company’s black-and-white silent feature “The Artist” and the Warner Bros.’ drama “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” both of which received Academy Award® nominations for Best Picture.

    His recent TV credits include DirecTV’s “Damages” and NBC’s “Community.”

    Goodman’s many accolades include a Golden Globe® Award for Best Actor and seven Emmy® nominations for his role in “Roseanne.” He also earned Emmy nominations for his starring roles in TNT’s “Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long,” in the CBS production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and in the Coen brothers film “Barton Fink.” In 2007, Goodman won an Emmy (Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series) for “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”
    HBO’s biopic of Jack Kevorikian, “You Don’t Know Jack,” reunited Goodman with Al Pacino (“Sea of Love”) and Susan Sarandon (“Speed Racer”). He received an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie and a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

    Previous film credits include “In the Electric Mist,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” “Speed Racer,” “Bee Movie,” “Pope Joan,” “Alabama Moon,” “Gigantic,” “Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Masked and Anonymous,” “Storytelling,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Coyote Ugly,” “What Planet Are You From?,” “One Night at McCool's,” “Bringing Out the Dead,” “Fallen,” “The Borrowers,” “Blues Brothers 2000,” “The Runner,” “The Flintstones,” “Mother Night,” “Arachnophobia,” “Always,” “Pie in the Sky,” “Born Yesterday,” “Matinee,” “The Babe,” “King Ralph,” “Punchline,” “Everybody's All-American,” “Sea of Love,” “Stella,” “Eddie Macon's Run,” “C.H.U.D.,” “Revenge of the Nerds,” “Maria's Lovers,” “Sweet Dreams,” “True Stories,” “The Big Easy,” “Burglar” “The Wrong Guys,” “Raising Arizona” and “The Big Lebowski.”

    He has lent his voice to many animated films, including “The Emperor’s New Groove,” “Tales of the Rat Fink” and “The Jungle Book 2.” He also voiced a main character in NBC’s animated series “Father of the Pride.”

    Goodman went to Southwest Missouri State University, intending to play football, but an injury led him to switch his major to drama. He never returned to football and graduated with a degree in theater.

    Goodman starred on Broadway in “Waiting for Godot,” for which he received rave reviews as Pozzo. His other stage credits include many dinner theater and children's theater productions, as well as several off-Broadway plays. His regional theater credits include “Henry IV, Parts I and II,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “As You Like It” and “A Christmas Carol.” He performed in a road production of “The Robber Bridegroom” and starred in two Broadway shows, “Loose Ends” in 1979 and “Big River” in 1985. In 2001, he starred in the Public Theatre staging of “The Seagull,” directed by Mike Nichols. The following year he appeared on Broadway in the National Actors Theatre’s “Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”.

    Goodman and his family have homes in Los Angeles and New Orleans.

    Steve Buscemi

    Randall Boggs—Randy (voice)

    Steve Buscemi has won an Independent Spirit Award, New York Film Critics Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe® for his role in MGM’s “Ghost World,” directed by Terry Zwigoff and co-starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. He was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy® for his role as Tony Blundetto in “The Sopranos,” and received a Guest Actor Emmy nomination for his appearance on NBC’s “30 Rock.” He was recently nominated for a Lola, from the German Film Academy Awards, for his work in “John Rabe,” which was directed by Academy Award®-winner Florian Gallenberger. Buscemi is currently starring in the HBO drama “Boardwalk Empire,” which has garnered him a Golden Globe Award, four Screen Actors Guild Awards® and two Emmy nominations.

    Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Buscemi began to show an interest in drama while in his last year of high school. He moved to Manhattan to study acting with John Strasberg where he and fellow actor-writer Mark Boone Junior began writing and performing their own theater pieces in performance spaces and downtown theaters. This led Buscemi to his first lead role in Bill Sherwood's “Parting Glances” as a musician with AIDS.

    Buscemi’s resume includes Martin Scorsese's “New York Stories,” Jim Jarmusch's “Coffee and Cigarettes” and “Mystery Train,” for which he received an IFP Spirit Award nomination, as well as Alexandre Rockwell's “Somebody to Love” and the 1992 Sundance Film Festival Jury Award winner “In the Soup.” Other credits include Quentin Tarantino's “Reservoir Dogs,” for which he received an IFP Spirit Award; the Coen brothers' “Miller’s Crossing,” “Barton Fink,” the Academy Award®-winning “Fargo” and “The Big Lebowski”; “Twenty Bucks”; Tom DiCillo's “Double Whammy”; the Sundance Film Festival Award-winning “Living in Oblivion” with Dermot Mulroney and Catherine Keener; “Desperado”; “Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead”; Robert Altman's “Kansas City”; John Carpenter's “Escape From L.A.” with Kurt Russell; “Con Air”; “Armageddon”; Stanley Tucci's “The Imposters”; the HBO telefilm “The Laramie Project”; “Love in the Time of Money”; Tim Burton’s “Big Fish”; Michael Bay’s “The Island”; Terry Zwigoff’s “Art School Confidential”; “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” with Adam Sandler; “I Think I Love My Wife” with Chris Rock; and “G-Force.” He’s made cameo appearances in films such as “Rising Sun,” “The Hudsucker Proxy,” “Big Daddy,” “Pulp Fiction” and “The Wedding Singer.”

    Buscemi provided the voices for characters in the animated features “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” and “Charlotte’s Web.” He provided the voices of Nebbercracker in Sony Pictures’ Oscar®-nominated animated film “Monster House,” executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, and Scamper in MGM’s “Igor” opposite John Cusack.

    In addition to his talents as an accomplished actor, Buscemi has proven to be a respected writer and director. His first project was a short film entitled “What Happened to Pete?” which was featured at several film festivals including Rotterdam and LoCarno, and which aired on Bravo. He marked his full-length feature-film directorial debut with “Trees Lounge,” which he also wrote and starred in. The film, which co-starred Chloë Sevigny, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony LaPaglia, made its debut in the Directors' Fortnight at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Buscemi’s second feature film as a director, “Animal Factory,” told the story of a young man sent to prison for an unjustly harsh sentence. The film, based on a book by Edward Bunker, starred Willem Dafoe and Edward Furlong and premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

    IFC released Buscemi’s third directorial feature, “Lonesome Jim,” a comedy-drama starring Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler. It was named one of the year’s top ten independent films by the National Board of Review and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

    In 2007, Sony Pictures Classics released “Interview,” which Buscemi also co-wrote, directed and starred in with Sienna Miller. This Theo Van Gogh remake premiered at the Sundance Film Festival that same year.

    Buscemi’s directing work also includes numerous television credits, including NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street,” for which he was nominated for a DGA Award, and HBO’s “The Sopranos,” for which he was nominated for Emmy® and DGA Awards for the “Pine Barrens” episode. He has directed episodes of the Emmy-winning show “30 Rock” and Showtime’s critically-acclaimed drama “Nurse Jackie” starring Edie Falco.

    Buscemi also started a New York-based independent film and television production company in 2008, called Olive Productions, with actor-director Stanley Tucci and producer Wren Arthur. Olive has a diverse slate of film and television projects, many of which have been developed for Buscemi and Tucci to direct. They have sold four television shows, a movie to HBO and a movie to Sony Pictures, which stars Meryl Streep and Tina Fey.

    Buscemi was recently seen on screen in Miquel Arteta’s “Youth in Revolt,” in Oren Moverman’s directorial debut “The Messenger,” co-starring Oscar® nominee Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster, and “Rampart” opposite Harrelson, Foster and Sigourney Weaver.

    Helen Mirren

    Dean Hardscrabble (voice)

    Helen Mirren has won international recognition for her work on stage, screen and television. For her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in 2006’s “The Queen,” she received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® and BAFTA Award for best actress. She was also named best actress by a multitude of critic’s organizations from Los Angeles to London.

    Mirren recently wrapped production of “RED 2,” which filmed in Montreal and London with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker and Anthony Hopkins. Her latest film is the Sacha Gervasi production “Hitchcock,” which is based on the novel “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” by Stephen Rebello. She stars with Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville, a role for which she received best actress nominations from the Golden Globes®, SAG and BAFTA.

    An HBO biopic of Phil Spector in which Mirren stars as lawyer Linda Kenney Baden with Al Pacino as Phil Spector is due for release in 2013. Her portrayal of Emerenc in “The Door,” directed by Istvan Szabo, was recently released in Germany, Hungary and other European territories. Mirren’s recent work also includes the Golden Globe®-nominated “RED,” based on the DC comic of the same name; “The Debt,” in which she plays a Mossad agent in the John Madden-directed thriller; “Arthur”; and “Brighton Rock.”

    Her film career began with Michael Powell’s “Age of Consent,” but her breakthrough film role came in 1980 in John Mackenzie’s “The Long Good Friday.” Over the next 10 years, she starred in a wide range of acclaimed films, including John Boorman’s “Excalibur”; Neil Jordan’s Irish thriller “Cal,” for which she won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival and an Evening Standard Film Award; Peter Weir’s “The Mosquito Coast”; Peter Greenaway’s “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover”; and Charles Sturridge’s “Where Angels Fear to Tread.”

    Mirren earned her first Oscar® nomination for her portrayal of Queen Charlotte in Nicholas Hytner’s “The Madness of King George” for which she also won best actress honors at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. Her second Oscar nomination came for her work in Robert Altman’s 2001 film “Gosford Park.” Her performance as the housekeeper also brought her Golden Globe® and BAFTA Award nominations, several critics groups’ awards and dual SAG Awards®, one for best supporting actress and a second as part of the winning ensemble cast. Most recently, Mirren earned both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in “The Last Station,” playing Sofya Tolstoy.

    Among her other film credits are Terry George’s “Some Mother’s Son,” on which she also served as associate producer; “Calendar Girls“; “The Clearing”; “Shadowboxer”; and “State of Play.” She starred in a screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” as Prospera in a gender twist on the classic character.

    Mirren began her career in the role of Cleopatra at the National Youth Theatre. She then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she starred in such productions as “Troilus and Cressida” and “Macbeth.” In 1972, she joined renowned director Peter Brook’s theatre company and toured the world.

    Mirren has worked extensively in the theatre in many varied and challenging roles. More recently, she received two Tony® Award nominations for her work in “A Month in the Country,” and for her role opposite Sir Ian McKellen in “Dance of Death.” She also received an Olivier Award nomination for best actress for her performance in “Mourning Becomes Electra” at London’s National Theatre. In 2009, Mirren returned to the National Theatre in the title role in “Phèdre,” directed by Sir Nicholas Hytner. She will be reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II on stage in London in 2013 in “The Audience” in a play by Peter Morgan who wrote “The Queen.”

    On television, Mirren starred in the award-winning series “Prime Suspect,” as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison. She earned an Emmy® and three BAFTA Awards, as well as numerous award nominations, for her role in early installments of the “Prime Suspect” series. She won another Emmy and earned a Golden Globe® nomination when she reprised the role of Detective Jane Tennison in 2006’s “Prime Suspect 7: The Final Act,” the last installment in the PBS series. Mirren was also honored for her performance as Queen Elizabeth I in the HBO miniseries “Elizabeth I,” winning an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award®.

    Her long list of television credits also includes “Losing Chase,” “The Passion of Ayn Rand,” “Door to Door” and “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” earning Golden Globe®, Emmy® and SAG Award® nominations and awards.

    Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003

    Alfred Molina

    Professor Knight (voice)

    Alfred Molina is an accomplished London-born actor whose diverse and distinguished gallery of performances have led to a lengthy and triumphant career in film, television and the stage. He is currently starring in the TNT series “Monday Mornings,” written and produced by David E. Kelley (“Ally McBeal” and “Harrys Law”). The series launched in February on TNT. Molina is also shooting “Return to Zero” for director Sean Hanish opposite Minnie Driver. In January the movie “Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes” in which he co-stars with Jessica Biel will screen at the prestigious Sundance Festival. Molina will be honored in Sundance by the Creative Coalition with their Spotlight Award for his work in independent films.

    In the 2010-2011 TV season, he starred in NBC’s “Law & Order: Los Angeles” for producer Dick Wolf. He also opened in the critically acclaimed movie “An Education” and filmed a TV comedy for the BBC, “Roger & Val Have Just Got In,” opposite Dawn French. In 2009, Molina opened in the UK in the highly celebrated Donmar Warehouse production of “Red,” which opened on Broadway in April 2010 and for which Molina received rave reviews and a Tony Award® nomination. In the summer of 2012, he starred in “Red” at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

    In summer of 2010 Molina had two movies released, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” with Nicolas Cage. In September 2011, Molina was seen in the Lionsgate feature “Abduction” with Taylor Lautner and Sigourney Weaver and directed by John Singleton. He appeared in three episodes of “Harry’s Law” for NBC starring Kathy Bates.

    In 2002, Molina won rave reviews and nominations for the British Academy Award (BAFTA), the Screen Actors Guild Award®, the Broadcast Film Critics prize and the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for his best supporting actor turn as the hedonistic Mexican artist Diego Rivera in “Frida,” the docudrama starring Oscar® nominee Salma Hayek. Other screen roles during this period include “Pink Panther 2,” “The Little Traitor” and “The Tempest” for director Julie Taymor.

    Following Molina’s education at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, he quickly gained membership in England’s prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, where he performed both in classics like “Troilus and Cressida” and new original works like “Frozen Assets” and “Dingo.” In 1979, he won acclaim (and a Plays and Players Award as most promising new actor) as The Maniac in “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” at London’s Half Moon Theatre. Molina later found himself on the big screen making his American debut in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and in Stephen Frears’ 1987 drama “Prick Up Your Ears.”

    Molina’s career continued to soar in the following decade, with roles in Mike Newell’s “Enchanted April,” David Jones' 1993 adaptation of Kafka's novel “The Trial” and “Not Without My Daughter.” Other credits include “Maverick,” the Oscar®-nominated “Boogie Nights” and the epic ensemble drama “Magnolia,” which collected SAG nominations. Molina played a Cuban immigrant in Mira Nair’s “The Perez Family” and a Greek-American lawyer in Barbet Schroeder’s drama “Before and After.” Other films include Roger Donaldson’s sci-fi thriller “Species,” Jon Amiel’s comic thriller “The Man Who Knew Too Little,” Bernard Rose’s “Anna Karenina” and Stanley Tucci’s “The Impostors.”

    Molina collected his third SAG ensemble cast nomination for Lasse Hallström’s whimsical, Oscar®-nominated romantic comedy “Chocolat” and reunited with Hallström opposite Richard Gere in “The Hoax.” Recent credits include Sam Raimi’s blockbuster sequel, “Spider-Man 2,” “Identity,” Jim Jarmusch’s “Coffee and Cigarettes,” Ron Howard’s adaptation of “The Da Vinci Code,” Isabel Coixet’s “My Life Without Me,” Eric Till’s biographical drama “Luther,” the bilingual suspense thriller “Crónicas,” Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare adaptation “As You Like It,” François Girard’s “Silk” and John Irvin’s “The Moon and the Stars.”

    Molina’s TV credits include CBS’ “Bram and Alice” and “Ladies’ Man,” on which he also served as one of the producers. His other television work includes the acclaimed 1983 miniseries “Reilly: Ace of Spies,” “Miami Vice,” the BBC telefilm “Revolutionary Witness,” Granada TV’s “El C.I.D.,” the BBC miniseries “Ashenden” and the Hallmark Channel’s “Joan of Arc” (as narrator). He also appeared in TNT’s mini-series “The Company” and made guest appearances on “Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit” and “Monk.”

    Despite his thriving film and television career, Molina has never wandered far from the stage. He returned to the RSC to give a much-praised performance as Petruchio in “Taming of the Shrew” in 1985 and earned an Olivier nomination for his work in the British production of David Mamet's “Speed the Plow.” For his 1998 Broadway performance in Yasmina Reza's “Art” with Alan Alda and Victor Garber, Molina collected the first of his two Tony Award® nominations (best actor in a dramatic play). He made his Broadway debut as in Brian Friel's play “Molly Sweeney” in 1995-6, and most recently triumphed as Tevye in the 2004 revival of “Fiddler on the Roof,” for which he earned his second Tony nod (best actor in a musical). He also completed a run at the Mark Taper Forum of “The Cherry Orchard” in 2006 opposite Annette Bening.

    Dave Foley

    Terry (voice)

    Dave Foley was born and raised in Toronto where he attended alternative high schools. While there, he began writing stand-up comedy for a creative writing project. His interest in improv led him to comedy workshops, where he met and teamed with Kevin McDonald. They became “The Kids in the Hall” one year later and as the saying goes, the rest is history!

    Their distinct and irreverent brand of comedy quickly earned “The Kids in the Hall” a large cult following influencing a new generation of sketch comedy. In 1987, Lorne Michaels produced their first television special. By 1989, the troupe had their own series on the Canadian Broadcasting Co. and later on HBO, where it aired until 1991. CBS and Comedy Central soon picked it up, where it ran from 1992-1994. They crossed over into feature films with the 1995 release of “Brain Candy” for Paramount Pictures.

    After the successful television run of “Kids…,” Foley signed on to the long-running NBC series “Newsradio”. In between seasons, he forged a feature film career that is still very active today. In addition to his comedic work, Foley has also been seen in HBO’s critically-acclaimed mini-series “From the Earth to the Moon.” He also wrote and starred in the film “The Wrong Guy,” which was released in Canada. In addition, he directed the “Kids in the Hall” documentary, “Same Guys New Dresses,” based on one of the group’s tours.

    Foley’s film credits include “Sky High,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “A Blast from the Past” and “South Park: Bigger and Longer.”

    Foley attributes most of his interest in the performing arts to such stellar role models as Frank Zappa, Jerry Lewis, The Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton and Monty Python.

    Sean P. Hayes

    Terri (voice)

    Sean P. Hayes, who received critical acclaim for his roles in theater, television and film, quickly gained fame as the sarcastic and hilarious Jack McFarland on NBC’s “Will & Grace.” In addition to working successfully and simultaneously in theater, film and television, Hayes has also added producing to his repertoire. This past spring, Hayes starred in the popular comedy reboot “The Three Stooges.” Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, Hayes received rave reviews for his performance as Larry, opposite Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe and Will Sasso as Curly. This summer, he made a memorable cameo appearance in the Dax Shepard action-comedy “Hit and Run.” On television, Hayes can be seen in multiple episodes of the NBC sitcom “Up All Night.” He made guest appearances in recent seasons of “Parks and Recreation,” “Portlandia” and his show “Hot in Cleveland.” In February, he will be seen in several episodes of “Smash” as a TV and film star making his Broadway debut.

    In 2011, Hayes made his Broadway debut in the wildly successful “Promises, Promises” alongside Kristin Chenoweth. Hayes starred as Chuck Baxter, a young life insurance employee who lends his apartment to his executives for their illicit affairs as way for advancement within the company. He received a Tony® nomination for his performance in addition to a Grammy® nomination for soundtrack recording. That same year, he also served as the host of the Tony Awards and was later awarded an Emmy® for his work. Previously, Hayes was seen on stage in the New York City Center production of “Damn Yankees” with Jane Krakowski and Cheyenne Jackson.

    In 2003, Hayes and producing partner Todd Milliner formed Hazy Mills Productions. Their first production, “Situation: Comedy,” a documentary television show in search of the next great sitcom, premiered on Bravo in the summer of 2005 and garnered wide critical praise. Hazy Mills is producing the fourth season of “Hot in Cleveland,” a scripted comedy for TV Land starring Betty White, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Valerie Bertinelli. Its premiere season generated the highest ratings in the history of TV Land and continues to perform. The show was nominated for a 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award® (outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series)” and Betty White won the 2011 and 2012 SAG Awards for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series. Hazy Mills produces the NBC series “Grimm,” a dark fantastical cop drama in its second season that takes place in a world where Grimm’s fairytale-inspired characters exist. Most recently, they produced the sitcom “The Soul Man” starring Cedric the Entertainer, which premiered on TV Land this past summer. Up next for Hazy Mills is the “Sean Hayes TV Project,” a sitcom for NBC in which Hayes will star.

    Hayes became a household name in 1998, when he landed the coveted role of Jack on “Will & Grace.” His portrayal garnered him an Emmy Award® (along with six nominations), four Screen Actors Guild Awards®, and seven Golden Globe® nominations. Hayes’ other notable television projects include well received guest roles on “Scrubs” and “30 Rock,” as well as “Martin & Lewis,” a television film that starred Hayes as Jerry Lewis, which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

    Previous film credits include “The Bucket List,” “Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss,” “Pieces of April,” the voice of Mr. Fish in “The Cat in the Hat,” “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton,” “Igor,” “Soul Men” and the voice of Mr. Tinkles in the box-office hit “Cats and Dogs.”

    Dan Scanlon


    Best Animated Feature, Director & Original Screenplay

    As a youngster in Clawson, Mich., Dan Scanlon possessed a love for Warner Bros. cartoons, animated Disney films, and as fate would have it, Pixar short films. His passion inspired him to study film and animation in high school and in college where he focused on illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD).

    Upon graduating from CCAD, Scanlon began working as an animator and story artist for Character Builders, a 2D animation company that produced feature and commercial work in Columbus, Ohio.

    Scanlon joined Pixar Animation Studios in September 2001 as a storyboard artist on Disney•Pixar’s award-winning features “Cars” and “Toy Story 3.” During the initial production stages for both films, he worked to translate the director’s story ideas into the film’s first visual format: storyboards.

    With John Lasseter, Scanlon also co-directed the original short film “Mater and the Ghostlight,” which is included as one of the bonus features on the “Cars” DVD. In addition to his work at Pixar, Scanlon simultaneously wrote and directed the live action film “Tracy,” released in 2009.

    Scanlon makes his animated feature directorial debut with Disney•Pixar’s 14th feature film, “Monsters University,” scheduled to release on June 21, 2013.

    Kori Rae


    Best Animated Feature

    Kori Rae joined Pixar Animation Studios in June 1993 as a producer in the studio’s commercials division, producing several award-winning commercials. She was part of the dynamic and entrepreneurial team that helped shape and build Pixar into the studio it is today.

    With a background in education and coaching, Rae finds producing similar. The role of managing a continually changing story and a large creative team in a deadline-driven atmosphere is a lot like coaching a team to a championship.

    After the success of “Toy Story,” Rae moved forward as animation manager on Pixar’s second feature film “A Bug’s Life.” She then worked as animation manager for the Golden Globe® winner “Toy Story 2” and continued on as associate producer for “Monsters, Inc.” and the Academy Award®-winning feature “The Incredibles.” Rae contributed her producing talents to “Up” as pre-production producer, and worked as producer on the first group of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars Toons.” She is currently producer of Disney•Pixar’s upcoming feature “Monsters University,” set to release June 21, 2013.

    Born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, Rae moved to Florida in high school and went on to earn a degree from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. She currently resides in San Francisco, where she has lived for the past 23 years.

    Daniel Gerson


    Best Original Screenplay

    Daniel Gerson began collaborating with Pixar Animation Studios in 1999 as a screenwriter for 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.,” directed by Pete Docter. He went on to contribute additional screenplay material on 2006’s Golden Globe®-winning “Cars.”

    After his start as a writer on several TV series including “Duckman,” “Something So Right,” “The New Addams Family,” “Big Wolf on Campus” and “Misguided Angels,” Gerson began working on “Monsters, Inc.” alongside his now-longtime writing partner Robert L. Baird. In addition, Gerson provided the voices of Smitty and Needleman in “Monsters, Inc.,” the two goofy door-shredding janitor monsters who idolize top Scarer James P. Sullivan (“Sulley”).

    Gerson’s screen credits include additional story material for “Meet the Robinsons,” “Chicken Little,” “Prep & Landing,” “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice,” and “Tangled Ever After.”

    Gerson currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and children. His 12-year-old daughter is listed in the “Monsters, Inc.” credits under “Production Babies.”

    Robert L. Baird


    Best Original Screenplay

    Robert L. Baird has made his mark as a writer on some of the most popular animated hits of the past dozen years. For Pixar Animation Studios, he contributed to the screenplay of 2001’s “Monsters, Inc.” and 2006’s Golden Globe®-winning “Cars.” For Walt Disney Animation Studios, Baird’s credits include 2005’s Chicken Little,” 2007’s “Meet the Robinsons” and the 2012 short “Tangled Ever After.”

    Prior to working with Pixar, Baird launched his writing career as a copywriter at an alternative rock radio station in Toronto. He moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and received a writing assignment on the TV show “Breaker High,” starring Ryan Gosling. In 2001, he landed at Pixar as a writer on “Monsters, Inc.” alongside his now-longtime writing partner Daniel Gerson. After completing work on “Monsters University,” Baird returned to Walt Disney Animation Studios where he is working on a future project.

    Baird first became interested in writing and storytelling by reading classic works by Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and others. While growing up, Baird found comedic influence from comedy groups like “Monty Python,” “SCTV” and “The Kids in the Hall.” Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Baird spent his childhood in the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He attended Ryerson University in Toronto, where he graduated with a BA in Radio and Television.

    Baird currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

    Randy Newman


    Best Original Score

    Oscar®-, Grammy®- and Emmy®-winning composer/songwriter Newman is back, marking his seventh Disney•Pixar film. The 20-time Oscar nominee’s wins include “If I Didn’t Have You” for “Monsters, Inc.” and “We Belong Together” for “Toy Story 3.” The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member created a full Alma Mater titled “Monsters University,” establishing a recurring collegiate theme. “We recruited the team at Pixar Canada to record the Alma Mater,” says Scanlon. “We needed a giant crowd of crazy monster students to be singing it and the Canada team was great for this—the end result is sort of perfectly ‘off.’ Actually, the first time we recorded it, it was really good. I had to say, ‘Guys, these are college students at a sporting event, let’s mess it up a little bit.’”

    Newman added a unique flair to his score, calling on renowned international drum corps The Blue Devils to contribute a definitively collegiate sound. The composer also incorporated concert band music to exemplify the feeling of being in school. In fact, says Newman, “There’s a little bit of Brahms’ ‘Academic Festival Overture’ when Mike is riding the pig. I like to think Brahms would be extremely flattered by his inclusion in the score.”

    The score—recorded with a 112-piece orchestra—features a few character themes, including an accordion tune to help illustrate the less-than-cool status of the Oozma Kappa fraternity; a laidback shuffle to introduce Sulley; and the aspiring Scare student Mike Wazowski is often accompanied by a clarinet that, Newman notes, changes as Mike’s character arc evolves.

    Producer Kori Rae says the score triggered emotions when she least expected it. “There’s a scene in the movie in which Mike takes Sulley and the Oozma Kappa brothers to see a scare floor at Monsters, Inc. When Randy played the cue for that scene at our first recording session, it made me cry because it was so powerful and emotional. His music is just transcendent. It’s amazing.”

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    Best Animated Feature

    • Directed by: Dan Scanlon
    • Produced by: Kori Rae

    Best Director

    • Dan Scanlon

    Best Original Screenplay

    • Screenplay by: Daniel Gerson,
    • Robert L. Baird & Dan Scanlon
    • Story by: Dan Scanlon,
    • Daniel Gerson & Robert L. Baird

    Best Film Editing

    • Greg Snyder

    Best Production Design

    • Production Designer:
    • Ricky Nierva

    Best Cinematography

    • Director of Photography –
    • Camera: Matt Aspbury
    • Director of Photography –
    • Lighting: Jean-Claude Kalache

    Best Visual Effects

    • Supervising Technical Directors:
    • Sanjay Bakshi
    • Guido Quaroni
    • Effects Supervisor:
    • Jon Reisch

    Best Sound Mixing

    • Re-Recording Mixers:
    • Michael Semanick
    • Gary Summers
    • Original Dialogue Mixer:
    • Doc Kane

    Best Sound Editing

    • Sound Designer:
    • Tom Myers
    • Supervising Sound Editor:
    • Michael Silvers
    • Tom Myers

    Best Original Score

    • Randy Newman
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    Kristen Bell

    Anna (voice)

    Kristen Bell currently stars as Jeannie Van Der Hooven in the Showtime series “House of Lies,” opposite Don Cheadle, which is in production on its third season. She recently played the lead role in the independent film “The Lifeguard,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and was released in theaters on Aug. 30, 2013.

    Bell recently wrapped production on the highly anticipated Warner Bros. feature film “Veronica Mars” reprising the beloved title role. She also starred in and co-produced the comedy “Hit & Run,” written and directed by Dax Shepard. Bell’s film credits also include “Movie 43,” “Some Girls,” Stuck in Love” “Big Miracle,” “You Again,” “Burlesque,” “When in Rome,” “Couples Retreat,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and David Mamet’s “Spartan.”

    Among her television credits are “Veronica Mars,” “Deadwood,” “Heroes” and “Party Down.”

    Bell’s Broadway credits include “Tom Sawyer” and “The Crucible,” opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Her Off-Broadway credits include “Reefer Madness” and “A Little Night Music,” both at The Kennedy Center in New York and Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Idina Menzel

    Elsa (voice)

    Tony® Award-winning Broadway powerhouse Idina Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in film and television, and in music. Lauded for strong yet emotional performances, Menzel recently culminated a successful international orchestra tour. Accompanied by world-renowned symphonies, Menzel played to sold-out audiences. Last March, she released a CD and DVD, “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with an orchestra led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch and filmed at The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada. The concert aired nationally on PBS stations.

    Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony®-winning performance as Elphaba in the blockbuster “Wicked,” and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the revolutionary “Rent.” Menzel also appeared as Sheila in the Encores! production of “Hair” and starred as Amneris in Broadway's “Aida.” In London, she premiered in “Wicked” in the West End and received the Theatregoers Choice Award for best actress in a musical. She also starred in Michael John LaChiusa's musical “See What I Wanna See,” directed by Ted Sperling at The Public Theater. Other Off-Broadway credits include the pre-Broadway production of “Rent” and “The Vagina Monologues.” Menzel recently announced her first return to Broadway since winning the Tony for “Wicked” in 2004. She will appear as lead in the highly anticipated musical “If/Then” alongside Tony winner LaChanz, Tony nominee Anthony Rapp (who co-starred with Menzel in “Rent”), James Snyder, Jenn Colella and more. The show centers around Elizabeth, nearly 40, who moves to New York City, the ultimate city of possibility, for a fresh start. But even in her carefully planned new life, the smallest decision or most random occurrence will impact her world in ways she never dreamt possible. Featuring music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, “If/Then” makes its pre-Broadway world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, DC, on Nov. 24, 2013, before its March 2014 Broadway run at Richards Rodgers Theatre.

    A skillful songwriter, Menzel also performs and records her own music. With three albums to her credit, she toured nationally last year, playing to sold-out houses to promote her most recent effort, “I Stand,” which was produced by Glen Ballard and released by Warner Bros. Records. She is currently headlining a tour across North America that has included a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall and a New Year’s Eve 2012 performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall where she showcased a new repertoire of classic pop and musical theater favorites, as well as the songs audiences worldwide love.

    Menzel’s film credits include Disney’s “Enchanted,” opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams; “Rent,” as Maureen; and a co-starring role in Robert Towne’s “Ask the Dust,” opposite Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell. On TV, she recently reprised her role on Fox’s hit series “Glee” as Rachel’s biological mother.

    Menzel created the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010 with her husband Taye Diggs. Dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs, the organization emphasizes building self-esteem, developing leadership qualities, and striving for personal and social achievement.

    Jonathan Groff

    Kristoff (voice)

    Jonathan Groff is in production on HBO’s new series “Looking.” Directed by Andrew Haigh and also starring Frankie Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, the series follows the lives of three young gay best friends looking for love in modern-day San Francisco.

    The Lancaster, Penn., native can be seen in the independent feature “C.O.G.,” which was part of the dramatic competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Directed/adapted by Kyle Patrick Alvarez and based on the popular David Sedaris short story, the movie tells the story of a cocky young man (Groff) who travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm, finding himself out of his element. Groff recent wrapped production in HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” alongside Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer and Julia Roberts. Adapted from the award-winning play by Larry Kramer, the film chronicles a gay activist who attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s. Additionally, Groff will be seen in Alex Lombard’s short mystery, “Sophie,” a story about ironic love in the big city.

    Groff made his big-screen debut as the legendary concert promoter and co-creator of the famed Woodstock Music and Art Festival in Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock.” Groff’s credits also include Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator,” alongside James McAvoy and Robin Wright, and the independent drama “Twelve-Thirty,” written and directed by Jeff Lipsky.

    Perhaps best known as Jesse in Fox’s “Glee,” Groff recently reprised his role, assuming coaching duties of his former glee club. He also joined the Starz series “Boss,” portraying an ambitious staffer in the office of the mayor of Chicago (Kelsey Grammer), who’s been diagnosed with a degenerative neurological disorder. Groff’s TV credits also include a guest-starring role on CBS’ “The Good Wife.”

    A young veteran of the theater, Groff originated the role of Melchior Gabor in the Tony® Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening,” featuring music by Duncan Sheik and book & lyrics by Steven Sater. The role earned Groff a 2007 Theatre World Award, plus Tony, Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations. He took the role Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Company, later reprising it on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. Groff next appeared as Claude in The Public Theater’s revival of “Hair,” the seminal rock musical of the 1960s. The show ran as part of The Public Theater’s “Shakespeare in the Park” series at the Delacorte Theatre.

    Groff also tackled difficult roles in two Off-Broadway plays by acclaimed playwright/ screenwriter Craig Lucas, for which he was the recipient of a Village Voice Obie Award for outstanding performance: “Prayer for My Enemy,” directed by Bartlett Sher, at Playrwights Horizons, and “The Singing Forest,” co-starring Olympia Dukakis, at the Public Theatre. Prior to making his West End debut at the Noel Coward Theatre in the heralded revival of Ira Levin's “Deathtrap,” directed by Matthew Warchus and co-starring Simon Russell Beale, Groff starred as Dionysus in the Public Theater’s summer staging of Euripides’ “The Bacchae,” helmed by Obie Award-winning director JoAnne Akalaitis and featuring original music by Philip Glass. Groff starred on stage opposite Rutina Wesley and Eddie Kaye Thomas in the MCC Theater production of Jeff Talbot’s provocative Off-Broadway drama, “The Submission,” directed by Walter Bobbie, and he most recently joined Alfred Molina in the Donmar Warehouse production of the Tony®-winning best play, “Red,” directed by Michael Grandage, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

    Josh Gad

    Olaf (voice)

    Josh Gad was recently seen in Shawn Levy’s “The Internship,” opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. He stars opposite Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the much anticipated biopic “JOBS.” He also co-stars in “Thanks for Sharing,” opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo and Tim Robbins. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and played in theaters nationwide Sept. 26.

    Gad is currently co-writing “Triplets,” the sequel to Ivan Reitman’s hit comedy “Twins.” The film is set to star Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito and Eddie Murphy. He will appear as Sam Kinison in the upcoming biopic directed by David Permut that will document the life of the late stand-up comic. Gad will also star in the Zach Braff Kickstarter-funded indie project “Wish I Was Here,” which will release in 2014.

    A talented voice actor, Gad is currently in production on the animated film “Me and My Shadow,” alongside Kate Hudson and Bill Hader. Other voice credits include “Ice Age: Continental Drift” with Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez and John Leguizamo.

    Additional film credits include Ed Zwick’s “Love & Other Drugs” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Judy Greer and Hank Azaria; Shawn Levy’s “The Rocker” with Rainn Wilson; “21,” opposite Kate Bosworth, Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Spacey; and “Crossing Over” with Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd.

    Gad served as an executive producer, co-creator and star on NBC’s family comedy “1600 Penn.” He played Skip Gilchrist, the clumsy eldest son of the President (Bill Pullman), whose sincere attempts to do the right thing often go awry. He lent his voice to Woodie on MTV’s animated series “Good Vibes” and played the title role on BBC Worldwide’s “Gigi: Almost American.” He has guest-starred on hit series such as “New Girl,” “Bored to Death,” “Californication” and “Modern Family.”

    Gad took Broadway by storm starring as Elder Cunningham in the Tony® Award-winning comedy musical “The Book of Mormon.” He was nominated for Tony, Drama League and Astaire awards, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award. He made his Broadway debut in a Tony-winning production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Other stage credits include “All in the Timing” (Elephant Asylum), “The Crucible” (PPT), “Skin of our Teeth” (CMU) and “Axis of E” (The York Theatre).

    After graduating from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Gad began his career in the theater. He then turned his sights to comedy, co-founding his own company, The Lost Nomads Comedy Troupe.

    Chris Buck


    Best Animated Feature, Director & Screenplay

    Chris Buck made his directing debut on the 1999 Disney animated blockbuster “Tarzan,” and is back at the helm (along with director Jennifer Lee) for the new 2013 animated adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Buck began his professional career with Disney in 1978, and has made important contributions as an animator, supervising animator, character designer and director. His other feature directing credit is on the Oscar®-nominated 2007 film “Surf's Up” from Sony Pictures Animation.

    Born in Wichita, Kan., Buck studied character animation for two years at CalArts before launching his career at Disney as an animator on the 1981 animated feature “The Fox and the Hound.” He received an animation credit on a short film “Fun with Mr. Future,” and did some early experimental work on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

    From 1984-92, Buck worked on a variety of freelance assignments, including several for Disney. Joining creative forces with director Tim Burton, Buck helped storyboard Disney’s 1984 live-action short film “Frankenweenie.” He went on to animate commercials for such Los Angeles-based production entities as Film Fair, Kurtz & Friends and Duck Soup. He also served as a directing animator (teamed again with Burton) on the 1993 “Family Dog” episode of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” which was directed by Brad Bird. Buck served as director of the subsequent 13 half-hour episodes of the animated series. Buck helped design characters for Disney’s 1989 animated blockbuster “The Little Mermaid,” and performed similar duties as well as experimental animation for “The Rescuers Down Under.” This was followed by a stint at Hyperion Pictures, where he helped develop several films and served as a directing animator on the feature “Bebe’s Kids.”

    In 1992, Buck returned to Disney on a fulltime basis to work as a supervising animator on the 1995 animated feature “Pocahontas,” overseeing the animation of three characters: Percy (Ratcliffe’s pet pug), the mystical Grandmother Willow and Ratcliffe’s civil servant Wiggins.

    Buck went on to direct (with Kevin Lima) “Tarzan,” followed by Sony’s “Surf's Up” (with fellow director Ash Brannon), helping to create a wildly inventive parody of surfing documentaries focusing on the adventures of a 17-year-old rockhopper penguin named Cody Maverick (voiced by Shia LaBeouf).

    In addition to his impressive accomplishments as an artist and filmmaker, Buck also taught character animation classes at CalArts from 1988-93. He and wife Shelley have three children.

    Jennifer Lee


    Best Animated Feature, Director & Screenplay

    Jennifer Lee, who joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in March 2011 as one of the screenplay writers of last year’s hit arcade-hopping adventure “Wreck-It Ralph,” is a writer of the “Frozen” screenplay, and directs the epic comedy-adventure alongside Disney veteran Chris Buck.

    Lee's screen adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights” is being produced by Troika Pictures. She has an original screenplay in development with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, and her original script “Lucid Dreams” was optioned by Wolfgang Peterson's Radiant Productions.

    Lee holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire.

    Peter Del Vecho


    Best Animated Feature

    Peter Del Vecho, joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1995 and came to the studio with a wealth of production experience in theater. Having worked at numerous theaters in New York and on the East Coast, Del Vecho eventually joined the renowned Guthrie Theater before leaving in 1995 as the associate producing director. It was his passion for a collaborative artistic environment that brought him to Disney.

    As the production manager of “Hercules,” Del Vecho was responsible for guiding a production team of 300 artists. He served as the associate producer of the 2002 animated film “Treasure Planet,” which received an Oscar® nomination for best animated feature. As associate producer of the 2005 animation adventure “Chicken Little,” Del Vecho was creatively involved in the production of the studio’s first full-length 3D animated feature.

    More recently, Del Vecho produced the animated musical comedy “The Princess and the Frog,” which hit theaters in 2009 and received three Oscar® nominations, including best animated feature. He also guided WDAS back to the Hundred Acre Wood as the producer of 2011’s big-screen adventure “Winnie the Pooh.”

    Del Vecho, married to wife Jane, is father to twin 16-year-olds, Gregory and Georgina. The Boston native holds an FAA Sport Pilot certificate and flies his own weight shift trike in and around the Los Angeles area.

    Christophe Beck


    Best Original Score

    Christophe Beck is an Emmy-winning composer who recently scored such comedic hits as The Muppets (Parts I and II), The Hangover (Parts I, II and III), Tower Heist, The Watch and Pitch Perfect. In addition to big comedies like Crazy, Stupid, Love, RED, Due Date, and Date Night, Beck has staged the drama for films like We Are Marshall, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Elektra, The Sentinel, Under the Tuscan Sun, and indie films including Year of the Dog, Phoebe in Wonderland, Saved!, and the award-winning documentary Waiting for Superman. 

    Beck’s most recent scores include The Guilt Trip, directed by Anne Fletcher, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, the Disney short Paperman, and the indie drama The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman starring Shia LaBeouf. Chris's most recent work is featured in the Fox film The Internship directed by Shawn Levy and starring Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson. Coming up for Beck is Universal Pictures R.I.P.D. directed by Robert Schwentke and starring Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon & Jeff Bridges and Disney's animated feature Frozen.

    The Canadian composer played piano from the age of five, studied music at Yale, and attended the USC Film Scoring program under composers like Jerry Goldsmith. He started composing in television, at the personal recommendation of Buddy Baker, and was soon writing for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which led to an Emmy nomination). "I don't tend to look under the hood too much, " Beck says about his process. "It’s really very instinctual, from-the-hip and, from an actual process point of view, improvisational."

    Kristen Anderson-Lopez

    Original Song

    Best Original Song

    Kristen Anderson-Lopez made her Off-Broadway debut at Primary Stages with “In Transit,” a musical performed entirely without accompaniment, inspired by the rhythms and sounds of life on the subway. The show earned her Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel nominations.

    Together with her husband and collaborator Robert Lopez, she wrote the Annie Award- nominated songs for the 2011 feature film “Winnie the Pooh,” as well as “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” a popular live show currently in its eighth year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Her work has appeared on “Dawson’s Creek,” Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets,” and nationally in Theatreworks/USA’s stage adaptations of the children’s classics “The Tell Tale Heart,” “Fancy Nancy” and “Diary of a Worm.” She is the recipient of the BMI Harrington Award and the Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and a frequent guest moderator of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.

    Her next project for stage is an original musical called “Up Here,” directed by two-time Tony® nominee Alex Timbers and slated for a debut production in summer 2014.

    Anderson-Lopez, a graduate of Williams College, lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. 

    Robert Lopez

    Original Song

    Best Original Song

    Robert Lopez is the Tony®-, Grammy®-, and Emmy®- winning co-creator of the worldwide smash-hit Broadway musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.” Together with his wife and collaborator Kristen Anderson-Lopez, he co-wrote songs for the feature film “Winnie the Pooh” and “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” a beloved fixture in Disney’s Animal Kingdom since 2006. 

    He shared two Emmy® Awards for his music for Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets” and an Emmy nomination for his work on the musical episode of “Scrubs.” His work has been featured on “South Park,” “The Simpsons” and “Phineas and Ferb,” as well as “Bear in the Big Blue House,” “Third and Bird” and “Johnny and the Sprites.” He has won Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, Frederick Loewe and Edward Kleban awards.

    None of his musicals have ever closed.

    His next project for stage is an original musical called “Up Here,” directed by Alex Timbers and slated for a debut production in summer 2014.  He is also developing an original comedy for ABC Studios.   

    Lopez, a Yale College graduate, lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their two daughters.

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    Best Animated Feature

    • Directed by: Chris Buck,
    • Jennifer Lee
    • Produced by: Peter Del Vecho

    Best Director

    • Chris Buck
    • Jennifer Lee

    Best Original Screenplay

    • Screenplay by: Jennifer Lee
    • Story by: Chris Buck,
    • Jennifer Lee and Shane Morris

    Best Film Editing

    • Jeff Draheim

    Best Production Design

    • Art Director: Michael Giaimo

    Best Cinematography

    • Director of Cinematography -
    • Layout: Scott Beattie
    • Director of Cinematography -
    • Lighting: Mohit Kallianpur

    Best Visual Effects

    • Visual Effects Supervisor:
    • Steve Goldberg
    • Effects Supervisors:
    • Dale Mayeda and Marlon West

    Best Sound Editing

    • Supervising Sound Editor/Sound
    • Designer: Odin Benitez

    Best Sound Mixing

    • Re-Recording Mixers:
    • David E. Fluhr and Gabriel Guy
    • Original Dialogue Mixer:
    • Gabriel Guy

    Best Original Song

    • “Let It Go”
    • Music and Lyrics by:
    • Kristen Anderson-Lopez
    • Robert Lopez

    Best Original Score

    • Christophe Beck
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    John C. Reilly

    Wreck-It Ralph (voice)

    Acclaimed actor John C. Reilly (voice of Wreck-It Ralph) has made an impact with both comedic and dramatic roles in film and theater.

    His films include “God of Carnage,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Cyrus,” “Stepbrothers,” “Walk Hard,” “Talladega Nights,” “The Aviator,” “Chicago,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Magnolia” and “Boogie Nights.” His theater appearances include “True West” and “A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway.”

    He is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the Theater School at DePaul University.

    Sarah Silverman

    Vanellope von Schweetz (voice)

    Emmy® winner Sarah Silverman (voice of Vanellope von Schweetz) is a versatile performer with a repertoire that includes everything from film, television and stand-up comedy to iconic online videos. She added author to the list when she released her first book last spring. Silverman was most recently seen starring in the third season of “The Sarah Silverman Program” on Comedy Central. Her New York Times bestselling book, “The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee,” was recently released in paperback.

    Silverman was nominated for a 2009 Primetime Emmy® in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series category for her portrayal of a fictionalized version of herself in “The Sarah Silverman Program.” This marked Comedy Central’s first-ever Emmy nomination in a scripted acting category. She also received a WGA nomination last year for her work on the show. Silverman won a Primetime Emmy in 2008 in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category for her musical collaboration with Matt Damon. In addition, she was honored with a Best Actress Webby Award for her online video “The Great Schlep,” in which she persuaded young Jewish kids to encourage their grandparents in Florida to vote for President Obama prior to the 2008 election.

    On the film side, Silverman will next be seen in the dramedy, “Take This Waltz,” opposite of Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Sarah Polley wrote the script and is directing; Silverman will play the sister of Rogen’s character. She also appears in the comedy “Peep World” opposite Michael C. Hall and Rainn Wilson about a group of dysfunctional adult siblings who are fighting over a novel that one of them is writing about the family. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and was released in theaters earlier this year.

    In 2004 Silverman made an impressive splash with her concert film “Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic.” Directed by Liam Lynch, the film garnered major attention at the Toronto Film Festival and created huge national buzz. Silverman also garnered critical praise in the documentary feature “The Aristocrats,” in which 100 of the industry’s most prominent comedians tell a version of the same joke. Her other film credits include “Saint John of Las Vegas,” “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With,” “School for Scoundrels,” “The School of Rock,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “The Way of the Gun,” “The Bachelor” and “Say It Isn’t So.”

    Silverman co-starred on the Fox comedy “Greg the Bunny” and has guest-starred in a slew of acclaimed and notable television shows, including the Emmy®-nominated drama “The Good Wife” and “Monk,” which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2008 in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category. Credits also include “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Seinfeld” and “Mr. Show with Bob and David.” Silverman also lent her voice to the Comedy Central show “Crank Yankers.”

    In 2007, Silverman hosted the MTV Movie Awards and she has also twice hosted the Independent Spirit Awards.

    Silverman grew up in New Hampshire and attended New York University. In 1993 she joined “Saturday Night Live” as a writer and feature performer and has not stopped working since. She resides in Los Angeles with her dog Duck.

    Jack Mcbrayer

    Fix-It Felix Jr. (voice)

    Jack Mcbrayer (voice of Fix-It Felix Jr.) is an Emmy® nominee for portraying Kenneth Parcell on the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed series “30 Rock” for NBC. He starred in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” opposite Jason Segel, directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow for Universal. McBrayer also appeared opposite Will Ferrell in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” directed and written by Adam McKay and produced by Judd Apatow for Columbia Pictures. He can next be seen opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in “The Campaign,” directed by Jay Roach for Warner Bros.; opposite Bill Hader in “The To Do List” for CBS Films; and “They Came Together,” with Paul Rudd, directed by David Wain for Lionsgate.

    McBrayer’s animated film voice credits include “Despicable Me” for Universal, “The Simpsons” on Fox and “Archer” on FX.

    Jane Lynch

    Sergeant Calhoun (voice)

    Jane Lynch (voice of Sergeant Calhoun) cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre, and in many church basements all over the greater Chicagoland area, helping her become the comedic talent she is today. She can be seen in the Golden Globe®- and SAG Award®-winning Ryan Murphy television series “Glee” on FOX as the one-liner powerhouse coach Sue Sylvester. With her magnificent comedic timing, Lynch has earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and a SAG Award nomination for her role. With her wit and luminous stage presence, Lynch served as the host for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Some of her other television credits include the STARZ series “Party Down,” Lifetime’s “Lovespring,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Weeds,” as well as the last season of “The L Word” opposite Cybill Shepherd. Lynch has recurring roles on “Two and a Half Men,” for which she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress, “Criminal Minds” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

    Lynch has a long list of film credits, including the upcoming film “The Three Stooges and A.C.O.D.,” “Paul,” “Julie & Julia,” “The Post Grad Survival Guide,” “Brownie Masters,” Christopher Guest's “For Your Consideration,” “A Mighty Wind” and “Best in Show,” as well as “Role Models,” “The Rocker,” “Spring Breakdown,” “Walk Hard,” “Talladega Nights,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” Margaret Cho's “Celeste and Bam Bam,” Alan Cumming's “Suffering Man's Charity,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Sleepover,” “Surviving Eden,” and many more. Lynch has lent her voice to “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” “Space Chimps,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “The Cleveland Show,” “The Simpsons” and “Shrek Forever After.”

Lynch recently added author to her repertoire. Her memoir, “Happy Accidents,” was released in September 2011 and includes a foreword written by the legendary Carol Burnett. Lynch’s play “Oh Sister, My Sister!” had runs at the Tamarind Theatre and Bang Theater garnering the LA Weekly Comedy Ensemble of the Year Award.

    Alan Tudyk

    King Candy (voice)

    Alan Tudyk (voice of King Candy) recently completed work with Harrison Ford on “42,” a film about Jackie Robinson.

    Tudyk's first film role was that of a hyper-paranoid mental patient with Robin Williams in “Patch Adams.” He has gone on to play a rainbow of hyper-paranoid mental patients in other films such as ”Knocked Up,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” ”Death at a Funeral” (original British version), “A Knight's Tale,” and “Tucker and Dale Versus Evil.”  Additional film credits include “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter,” “3:10 to Yuma,”  ”I, Robot,” “Serenity,” “Wonder Boys,” “Rx” “Beautiful Boy,” “Ice Age,” “Ice Age: The Meltdown” and “ Ice Age: Continental Drift.”

    On Broadway, Tudyk appeared opposite Kristin Chenoweth in “Epic Proportions,” played Lancelot with the original cast in Monty Python’s “Spamalot” and had the lead role of Peter in “Prelude to a Kiss,” opposite John Mahoney. Television credits include “Firefly” and “Dollhouse” for creator Joss Whedon, “Arrested Development” and “Strangers with Candy.”

    Tudyk is a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard Conservatory and grew up in Plano, Texas.

    Mindy Kaling

    Taffyta Muttonfudge (voice)

    Emmy® nominated Mindy Kaling (voice of Taffyta Muttonfudge) is a quadruple threat to be reckoned with. Kaling is an actor, writer, producer and director. She wore all these hats on the critically acclaimed and Emmy® Award-winning NBC show “The Office.” Additionally, she is a New York Times bestselling author and can currently be seen on Fox’s “The Mindy Project,” which she created, stars in, writes and executive produces.

    Kaling played the memorable role of Kelly Kapoor on “The Office.” She’s wrote more than 18 episodes, including “Niagara,” which earned her an Emmy® nod. She debuted as a director with the episode “Subtle Sexuality” in 2009, and also became an executive producer of the hit television show. “The Office” has been nominated and won multiple awards, including Writers Guild of America Awards, Television Critics Association Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe® Awards and Emmy Awards. Kaling was nominated for a 2008 Image Award in the Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series category for episode “Branch Wars.” The show was nominated for a 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. The writing team, including Kaling, was nominated for a 2010 Writers Guild Award for outstanding achievement in television in the comedy series.

    Kaling penned her first book in 2011, titled “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).” The book was featured on the New York Times Best-Sellers list as well as USA Today’s Best-Sellers list. The book is a collection of comic essays detailing moments from a woman’s life, including everything from relationships to fashion.

    Lauren MacMullan


    Best Animated Short

    Lauren MacMullan, veteran director of hit TV shows as “The Simpsons,” “King of the Hill” and “Avatar, The Last Airbender,” also served as sequence director on “The Simpsons Movie.”

    MacMullan was born and raised in Swarthmore, Penn. She attended Harvard University starting in 1982. During that time, as part of the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine (including a stint as president in 1985), she learned to draw in many styles, designed a 20-foot party hat for a building, and made a student film using the rubber-hose style of animation. She graduated in 1989 and continued to hone her animation skills while working for her animation professor, Suzan Pitt, on her 1991 film “Joy Street.”

    In 1992, MacMullan was a winner of an MTV “World Problems, World Solutions” storyboard contest. The contest required entrants to identify and propose a solution to a world problem in 30 seconds or less, and the 12 winners got a small budget to make their proposed films. Her completed film “Feet” won first prize among all contestants at the Annecy International Animation Festival.

    MacMullan launched her professional career as a commercial director with the Boston-based Olive Jar Studios in 1991, specializing in mixed media ads and MTV IDs. Two years later, she moved to Los Angeles to direct on the primetime animated TV series “The Critic” for ABC and Fox. One of the most memorable moments she directed for “The Critic” was a stop-motion “Nightmare Before Christmas” parody that featured a Hanukkahtown sequence with the sets built out of powdered sugar and matzoh. She went on to direct several episodes of the Mike Judge/Fox TV series “King of the Hill,” and served as a supervising director and designer for the WB animated series “Mission Hill.”

    Starting in 2001, MacMullan was a staff director for “The Simpsons,” and is credited with helming seven episodes over the next four seasons, including “Bye Bye Nerdie,” “Half-Decent Proposal,” “Moe Better Blues” and “I, D'oh-Bot,” among others. MacMullan worked for two years on the Peabody Award-winning Nick TV series “Avatar, the Last Airbender,” directing eight episodes and winning an Annie Award for storyboarding.

    She served as one of four sequence directors (along with “Wreck-It Ralph” director Rich Moore) on the blockbuster 2007 feature “The Simpsons Movie.” followed by a stint at Pixar Animation Studios. In 2010, she joined Walt Disney Animation Studios as a story artist on the Annie Award-winning, Oscar®-nominated “Wreck-It Ralph.”

    Dorothy McKim


    Best Animated Short

    Dorothy McKim is a two-time Emmy® Award-winning producer who began her association with Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1984. During her tenure in animation, she worked in a variety of production capacities before being promoted to producer on the three award-winning “Prep & Landing” films (“Prep & Landing,” “Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa” and “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice”), and such recent animated shorts as “Tick Tock Tale” (2010) and “The Ballad of Nessie” (2011). She also served as producer on Disney’s 2007 computer-animated feature “Meet the Robinsons.”

    McKim launched her career with The Walt Disney Studios in 1980 in the staffing department before moving into editorial/cutting for live action programs on the Disney Channel. This was followed by a short stint in publications. Her first assignment at Walt Disney Animation Studios was on the feature “Oliver & Company” (1988). She subsequently worked as production manager, director of production, and co-producer on some of the Studio’s landmark animated hits including “The Little Mermaid” (1989), “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “The Lion King” (1994) and “Tarzan” (1999).

    From 2007 to 2010, McKim served as development producer for Walt Disney Animation Studios. In that role, she worked with all of the Studio’s directors in developing their films. This also included overseeing the development of all animated short films for the division.

    McKim has won Primetime Emmy® Awards in the outstanding animated programs category for her work on “Prep & Landing” and “Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa.” She has also been nominated for four VES Awards, and received one for outstanding visual effects for the 2009 animated television special “Prep & Landing.” The latter also earned her an Annie Award for best animated television production.

    McKim grew up in Chatsworth, Calif., and attended Pierce College and West Valley College. She holds a business degree from the latter. She and her husband, Brian, live in Santa Clarita, Calif., and have a son, Tyler, and a daughter, Natalie. In her spare time, McKim works as an ice skating coach and loves to choreograph programs for the students she coaches.

    Adam Green

    Head of Animation

    Adam Green, who makes his debut as head of animation with Disney veteran Eric Goldberg, has worked in a variety of animation roles over the past 10 years with credits including “Bolt,” “Tangled,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and the 2013 Oscar®-winning short film “Paperman.”

    Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Ind., Green discovered a passion for drawing at an early age and was influenced by the animated features like Disney’s “Aladdin,” Disney•Pixar’s “A Bug's Life” and “Monsters, Inc.,” comic books, the inventive comic strip “Calvin & Hobbes,” and a variety of video games, including “The Legend of Zelda.” In high school, he took a class in animation and began making his own animated short films. At the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Green studied fine arts and joined that school's new computer animation program. He honed his skills as a sculptor, and experimented with Flash animation and interactive web design. He graduated with a BFA in 2002.

    Green launched his professional career in 2003 with an Indiana-based children's DVD production company called Fort Fun. An a series of monthly online “10 Second Club” animation competitions led him to his next gig, when a losing competitor offered him an animation job in the San Francisco area at Shaba Games (a subsidiary of Activision) in 2004. Two years later, he joined LucasArts, spending five months creating animation for the game “The Force Unleashed.”

    Green was hired by Blue Sky Studios in White Plains, N.Y., to animate on the 2008 theatrical release “Horton Hears a Who!” He subsequently eaded west to take a job at Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2008 working on “Bolt.” This was followed by a return stint at Blue Sky animating on “Ice Age 3” and “Rio.” Early test animation for “Tangled” lured Green back to WDAS to work on the film, as well as “Wreck-It Ralph” and the upcoming “Frozen,” plus the Emmy®-winning TV special “Prep & Landing 2,” and the animated shorts “Tangled Ever After” and “Paperman.”

    Green partnered with award-winning animator Eric Goldberg for “Get a Horse!” They collaborated in an effort to mesh the pencil lines and pixels seamlessly. Says Green, “It's really hard to animate these iconic vintage characters in the computer, because the computer wasn't created to do loose and gestured animation. It wants to do structured rigid surfaces. This assignment was incredibly challenging, and pushed us in new directions, but we had a blast working with these early versions of Mickey and the gang.”

    Green and his wife of 11 years, Kristi, live in Santa Clarita, Calif.

    Eric Goldberg

    Head of Animation

    Eric Goldberg (Head of Animation), veteran director, designer and animator who is widely regarded as one of the top animation talents of his generation, began his association with Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1990 on the popular feature “Aladdin,” supervising the animation of the wise-cracking Genie (voiced by Robin Williams). Goldberg's illustrious career in animation includes stints in New York, London and Hollywood, creating feature films, commercials, title sequences and television specials. He is equally at home with traditional hand-drawn animation and the most up-to-date computer animation, pioneering ground-breaking techniques in both worlds.His animation knowledge started early, creating flip books at age 6 and eventually making Super 8 films from the age of 13. Goldberg's Super 8 films won top prizes in the Kodak Teenage Movie Awards, including 1974’s Grand Prize of summer film courses at the University of Southern California. After attending Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, majoring in illustration, Goldberg became a full-time assistant animator on “Raggedy Ann and Andy,” directed by Richard Williams. When the film was completed, he joined Williams in London as a director-animator on countless television spots. From there, he moved to Los Angeles to serve as director of animation on the Emmy®-winning “Ziggy's Gift,” based on the popular newspaper cartoon.Goldberg returned to London, where he co-founded Pizazz Pictures, a commercials studio with a world-wide clientele where he directed spots with such diverse techniques as cel-animation, brush-painting, stop-motion and pixilation, colored-pencil rendering, live action and animation combinations and digital compositing.With the success revival of animation due to films like “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” and “The Little Mermaid,” Goldberg returned to Los Angeles for what turned out to be a 10-year run at The Walt Disney Studios. His first assignment was as supervising animator of the wise-cracking Genie in “Aladdin.” He then co-directed “Pocahontas” (1995) and animated the feisty Danny DeVito-voiced satyr Phil in “Hercules” (1997), followed by “Fantasia/2000,” for which he directed, wrote and animated two critically-acclaimed sequences: “Carnival of the Animals” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” The latter was a labor of love that was inspired by both George Gershwin and the legendary theatrical caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, who served as artistic consultant.
    At Disney, Goldberg experimented with groundbreaking computer animation techniques that replicated the fluidity and “squash-and-stretch” of the best hand-drawn animation—first on a Roger Rabbit short test sequence, and then on the Tokyo Disney Seas theme park attraction, “Magic Lamp Theatre,” starring his signature Genie character in stereoscopic 3D computer animation. Goldberg also spent a year at Universal Studios developing Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” as a CG animated feature film and served as animation director on Warner Bros.’ live action/animation feature “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” directed by Joe Dante. On this film, he handled the legendary Bugs, Daffy, Elmer, Wile E. Coyote, Yosemite Sam and the entire Warners stable, as well as providing the voices for Speedy Gonzales, Tweety and Marvin the Martian.

    Goldberg directed a 12-minute high-definition cartoon for a Buddhist cultural center in Hong Kong: “A Monkey’s Tale,” the fanciful story of three monkeys who attempt to steal a peach from an ancient Monkey King, learning a lesson in greed. Goldberg also directed four minutes of new animation starring Disney’s “The Three Caballeros” (Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Panchito) for the updated Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT Center in Florida.

    In 2006, Goldberg returned to Walt Disney Animation Studios, serving as supervising animator for Louis, the trumpet-playing alligator in Disney’s 2009 acclaimed hand-drawn animated feature “The Princess and the Frog.” This assignment won Goldberg his third Annie Award for best character animation. He went on to another choice assignment on the 2011 Disney feature “Winnie the Pooh,” where he supervised Rabbit and the “Backson Song” sequence. Most recently, he helped flesh out King Candy for 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph.”

    In 2011, Goldberg was awarded the Winsor McCay award from ASIFA-Hollywood for lifetime achievement in animation. Goldberg and his wife Susan, a talented artist and art director, have two daughters, Rachel and Jenny, who both work as artists in the entertainment industry.

    Henry Jackman


    Best Original Score

    When it came time to record The Midsummer Station, Adam Young’s third album as Owl City, the Minnesota native set himself the following challenge: “Over the past several years I'd become fascinated with trying to capture magic in a jar through simple, concise pop songs,” he says. “I saw it as a great challenge to try to come up with catchy, unique, and memorable songs because it was a new method of songwriting I'd never approached before. I believe artists should never look back or repeat themselves and this was a new frontier for me.”

    To create the instantly memorable, feel-good moments he envisioned, Young sought out co-writers and outside producers for the first time, enlisting his friend Matt Thiessen (Relient K), Stargate (Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa), and the team of Josh Crosby, Nate Campany, and Emily Wright (the latter known for her work with Dr. Luke). “I made my first two records on my own without any outside help and learned that it’s easy to overthink what you do by allowing yourself to become too emotionally invested in what you're doing,” Young says. “Initially, I was anxious about letting other people co-pilot the solo endeavor I’d always played close to the chest, but it was exhilarating not having 100 percent control over what happened. In the end for me, it's all about trying new things as an artist. Working with other writers taught me to care about a song as a piece of art created to reach people versus worrying about getting the final say or having my own way. Collaborating kills off a lot of ego and pride issues and that’s a really healthy thing.” 

    The process enabled Young to tap into collective human experiences in his lyrics and connect on a larger scale. “I’m known for creating music based on whimsical ideas and concepts from my own headspace, and another set of parameters I set for myself was to write about things people might relate to better,” he says. Young is particularly proud of “Embers” in which he acknowledges that everyone goes through dark days, but the trick is to stay focused on the light up ahead. “Dementia” documents the “crazy, schizophrenic thoughts and feelings” Young dealt with in the wake of the success of his chart-topping 2009 platinum debut album Ocean Eyes, while “Gold” serves as a reminder to never forget your roots (in his case, Owatonna, MN, where he still lives). Then there’s “Dreams and Disasters,” which Young says sums up the core theme of the album. “Life is full of dreams and disasters,” he says. “When things go right, you feel like you're on top of the world and when things go bad, you're heartbroken, but you've got to figure out how to press on regardless of your situation because life is all about the journey.”

    “The Midsummer Station is still a whimsically lyrical record but perhaps not as over-the-top in its quirky depth of imagery as my previous work,” Young continues. “On this album I wanted to write songs that felt a bit more accessible in a way that would allow listeners to enjoy the songs for what they are rather than parse the meaning of every little phrase or metaphor. I wanted to paint with bigger, broader brush-strokes so people might better understand and relate to the kinds of things I'm singing about.” 

    Young’s willingness to collaborate on The Midsummer Station also opened new sonic avenues. The album retains Young’s synth-driven melodic pop sensibility but majorly ups the rhythmic ante. Songs like “Shooting Star,” “Dreams and Disasters,” and “I’m Coming After You” pulsate with euphoric dance beats that will appeal to fans of house, trance, dub-step, and other styles of EDM. “I grew up listening to dance music and I've always wanted to make a dance record,” Young says. “European dance music has so much influence over pop right now, so it made sense to me. I admire a lot of the great trance DJs of the past ten years, guys like Armin van Buuren, ATB, Above & Beyond, Tiësto, and Ferry Corsten.” Other tracks, like “Embers” and “Dementia,” follow on the more rock-inspired sounds that Young began to explore on his second album, 2011’s All Things Bright and Beautiful. “Dementia” even features guest vocals by one of Young’s heroes, blink-182’s Mark Hoppus.

    On the album’s first single, the incredibly infectious pop gem “Good Time,” Young is joined in a duet by “Call Me Maybe” star Carly Rae Jepsen. Young being a fan of Jepsen, reached out to her about collaborating on a song upon learning that she was also a fan of his. This mutual admiration and excitement to work together can be heard on “Good Time” – an undeniable summer anthem.

    Though the songs were written during various sessions in Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville, Young recorded The Midsummer Station at his own Sky Harbor Studios in Owatonna, as he has all of his albums. “I've learned a few tricks over the past few years as a producer that have allowed me to better capture the sounds I envision in my head, and I think this album sounds a lot more polished than my previous records and it's been great to see the evolution of Owl City as a project with an aesthetic change over time and evolve from one thing into another,” he says.

    Indeed Young has come a long way since his days posting his musical experiments on MySpace and YouTube, launching both an online savvy and radio-friendly career that the New York Times called “a textbook illustration of how the music business needs new and old forms of media to make an artist a star.” Before becoming an Internet sensation, Young, the only child of a mechanic and a schoolteacher, attended community college and worked dead-end jobs, including one in a warehouse loading Coca-Cola trucks. He began creating melodies and beats on his laptop as a way to combat insomnia and eventually self-released an EP, 2007’s Of June and an album, 2008’s Maybe I’m Dreaming, both of which reached the Top 20 on Billboard’s Electronic Albums chart. 

    Impressed by Young’s connection to his grassroots audience, Universal Republic signed Owl City in early 2008 and the following year released Ocean Eyes, which spawned the quadruple-platinum first single “Fireflies,” — a No. 1 smash hit in 24 countries including the U.S., where it hit the top spot twice, and sold more than 12 million downloads worldwide. “I don’t think of ‘Fireflies’ as something I have to beat because that isn’t really the point,” Young says. “The point is to inspire people. I want my music to be the first thing people reach for when they get home after a good or bad day. I want it to be a refuge or a "way out" in the same way my favorite albums have been for me over the years. If I catch myself trying to write songs just to break records, I realize I’m doing it for the wrong reasons.”

    Adam Young


    Best Original Song - "When Can I See You Again?"

    Owl City (“Fireflies,” “Good Time”) provides the upbeat and story-driven cap to the film with “When Can I See You Again?” According to singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Adam Young, the song offers a bit of an emotional tug-of-war. “It’s a very bouncy, happy, uplifting song, but there’s a bittersweet part of it, leaving a key relationship in the film open-ended.” 

    When it came time to record The Midsummer Station, Adam Young’s third album as Owl City, the Minnesota native set himself the following challenge: “Over the past several years I'd become fascinated with trying to capture magic in a jar through simple, concise pop songs,” he says. “I saw it as a great challenge to try to come up with catchy, unique, and memorable songs because it was a new method of songwriting I'd never approached before. I believe artists should never look back or repeat themselves and this was a new frontier for me.”

    Impressed by Young’s connection to his grassroots audience, Universal Republic signed Owl City in early 2008 and the following year released Ocean Eyes, which spawned the quadruple-platinum first single “Fireflies,” — a No. 1 smash hit in 24 countries including the U.S., where it hit the top spot twice, and sold more than 12 million downloads worldwide. “I don’t think of ‘Fireflies’ as something I have to beat because that isn’t really the point,” Young says. “The point is to inspire people. I want my music to be the first thing people reach for when they get home after a good or bad day. I want it to be a refuge or a "way out" in the same way my favorite albums have been for me over the years. If I catch myself trying to write songs just to break records, I realize I’m doing it for the wrong reasons.”

    Matt Thiessen


    Best Original Song - "When Can I See You Again?"

    Matt Thiessen is the lead singer, guitarist, pianist, and primary songwriter for the pop punk band Relient K.  In the decade since forming, they’ve released five full-length albums (three are certified Gold), five EPs and a Christmas record, toured the globe, and racked up several hit singles, a Grammy nomination, two Dove Awards and performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’ Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Los Angeles Times has praised Relient K for “its smart blend of punk pop and power pop, weaving together influences as diverse as the Beach Boys, Blink-182 and Fountains of Wayne” while Spin noted, “Few bands play punk-influenced modern rock as proficiently.” 

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