Apple TV+ wins Best Animated Short Film at 2023 Oscars

At the 95th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the Apple Original Film, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, was awarded the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The head of Worldwide Video at Apple, Zack Van Amburg, expressed his pride in the team that brought the story to the screen and gratitude towards the Academy for recognizing their work. The film, based on the book by Charlie Mackesy, follows the journey of a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse who form an unlikely friendship while traveling together in search of the boy’s home.

The film has been acclaimed for its poignant portrayal of connection in unexpected places, stunning visuals, and the message of compassion, empathy, and kindness that resonates with audiences around the world. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse has received numerous accolades, including a BAFTA Film Award win, four Annie Awards, and a nomination for Outstanding Short Form (Animated) film at the NAACP Image Awards.

Apple has made history with its success at the 2022 Academy Awards, winning three awards for CODA, including the first-ever win by a streamer for Best Picture. CODA also won awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. Apple Original films, documentaries, and series have amassed a total of 345 wins and 1,421 award nominations to date, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy Ted Lasso and Oscar Best Picture winner CODA.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse was produced by Matthew Freud, Cara Speller of NoneMore Productions, and J.J. Abrams and Hannah Minghella of Bad Robot Productions. The film was directed by Peter Baynton and Charlie Mackesy and adapted from the original book in collaboration with Jon Croker. The film was executive produced by Jony Ive and Woody Harrelson, and the original score was composed by Isobel Waller-Bridge, performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and conducted by Geoff Alexander. The film is presented in partnership with the BBC and is currently streaming on Apple TV+.

Apple TV+ offers a range of premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across multiple devices. Since its launch in November 2019, Apple TV+ has become the first all-original streaming service to launch globally, premiering more original hits and receiving more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut.

The other nominees for best animated short film were The Flying Sailor, Ice Merchants, My year of dicks, An Ostrich Told Me The World Is Fake And I Think I Believe It

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