This year’s Academy Awards will have a strong local twist. Song of the Sea, a Cartoon Saloon production which features the input of both Boyle man Paul Young and Carrigallen native and Moone Boy star David Rawle, has been nominated for the prestigious Oscars.
The film has been nominated in the Best Animated Feature category ahead of the ceremony which takes place in Hollywood next month.
Carrigallen native Rawle voices one of the main characters, Ben, while Young co-produced the film on behalf of the Kilkenny based studio.
This is the second time Paul has been involved with an Oscar nominated film, after ‘The Secret of Kells’ was nominated in the same category in 2009.
Song of the Sea explores the relationship between fearless Ben and his younger sister, Saoirse, whose birth coincided with the death of their mother.
The pair live with their father Conor (voiced by Brendan Gleeson), a man who’s grown melancholy since losing his beloved wife.
Congratulating and wishing both Paul and David ahead of the awards, Roscommon/South Leitrim TD, Frank Feighan said: “Paul, David and the ‘Song of the Sea’ are an inspiration to all those working in the creative arts in Ireland.”