Shaun Tan wins the Oscar for The Lost Thing

Shaun-Tan Shaun Tan has upset the likes of Pixar and the Gruffalo at the 83rd Academy Awards, by winning the Oscar for the best short animation with The Lost Thing, which was adapted from Shaun Tan’s picture book of the same name first published in 1999.

Shaun and co-director Andrew Ruhemann accepted the award earlier today in Los Angeles. In his speech Tan said, ‘Our film is about a creature that nobody pays any attention to and it is wonderfully ironic.’ You can watch the directors accepting their Oscar here.

Our DVD specialist Gerard Elson spoke to Shaun late last year about the DVD release of The Lost Thing. You can read that interview here.

It’s been a big week for Shaun who was also awarded the Dromkeen Medal for “significant contribution to the appreciation and development of children’s literature in Australia” over the weekend. You can read the acceptance speech that Shaun wrote and illustrator Ann James read out at the awards here (Shaun was in LA getting ready for the Oscars at the time).

Follow Readings on twitter because tomorrow we’re going to be giving away a poster of The Lost Thing DVD release that has been signed by Shaun.

And congratulations to Shaun, Andrew and everyone who worked on the film.