In its 14 years of existence, Oscar’s feature animated category has largely been dominated by kid fare when it comes to wins. And if Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s stop motion lonely adult story Anomalisa takes it this year, it will be a true game-changer, making it the first R-rated title to win in the category. But the competition is stiff: Anomalisa is up against Inside Out from Disney’s Pixar, a label which has taken seven of the category’s trophies. There’s also Lionsgate’s Shaun the Sheep, Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s When Marnie Was There, Ale Abreu’s Boy and the World. After playing at the Telluride, Toronto and Venice film festivals, Paramount snapped up global rights for Anomalisa for $5M-plus. To date, the film has made close to $2M at the domestic box office. In the above clip, Kaufman and Johnson discuss their collaborative relationship and the genesis of this project that took three years in the making, fueled by a Kickstarter campaign.
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