for Wallace (08.03.10)
They were billed as the favourites going into the final
alas, Wallace and Gromit came home empty-handed from
year's Academy Awards night. The stop-motion duo's most
Matter of Loaf and Death
looked on course to win their
creator his fifth Oscar®,
but in a surprise turn, the award for
Best Animated Short went to François Alaux and Herve
"Logorama", a film which makes clever use of a
advertising idents and logos.
Of course, five Oscar®
wins would have been a fairytale outcome.
Can you even get your head around that? Let's face it,
to even get
within a whisker of winning just one is a lifetime dream.
wind up in a position where you might have five of those
on your mantelpiece. Oh, it just beggars believe.
So who's complaining? - Not us, and surely not Nick
the Aardman team. Just being nominated again really
worth celebrating, because it means they're still doing something
rather unique and wonderful down in those Bristol studios.
new production continues to astound and delight, and
of Loaf and Death" packs so many pleasures into
No wonder it topped the tv ratings when
it made its
Christmas Day premiere on BBC1, fourteen months ago.
And let's not forget, it already has a BAFTA
to its name too,
as well as an Annie...
inbred meself, you know!"
Wallace's gloriously inappropriate remark to Piella is The
favourite quote from the entire Wallace & Gromit
series. It's spoken
by our inventor pal as he seeks approval from his favourite
Lite girl, Piella, and there isn't a drop of irony
to be found.
Some folks have dismissed the film as being a little
And that may be why they lost out in the final Academy
But The Hound says they should sit down and watch it again,
and again, and again, because there really is so much to
here. The pleasure's in the detail, it's in the set
witty music cues and those fabulous camera angles, it's
in those perfectly thrilling scenes in Piella's house
way that the chills are cut short by a quip, or roll
of the eyes
that gets you giggling with glee.
So they didn't win, this time. But if they keep on doing
they do, it surely won't be long before Wallace and
and Mr Park get another shot at their fifth shiny statue!...
A Matter of Loaf and Death