Kilkenny-based animation studio Cartoon Saloon has been nominated for an Oscar for its animated film ‘Song of the Sea’.
The film has been nominated in the Best Animated Feature category.
The movie features the voices of Brendan Gleeson and 'Moone Boy's David Rawle, among others. The music is by composer Bruno Coulais and Irish band Kíla.
The movie is based on the myth of the Selkie, a creature who is a seal on water and a human on land.
The animation studio was previously nominated for an Academy Award in 2010 for the "Secret of Kells".
Reacting to its nomination, Cartoon Saloon said in a statement that "there will be much celebration in Kilkenny this weekend".
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys congratulated the studio, saying that the animation sector in Ireland "has gone from strength to strength in recent years".
Meanwhile, Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board James Hickey said that he hopes that the Oscar nomination will lead to further growth and international recognition for the Irish animation sector.
Northern Irish movie ‘Boogaloo and Graham’ has also been nominated for an Oscar, in the Best Live Action Short category.