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Seeking Oscar Nod: Maker of Nominated Russian Cartoon Aims for the Top

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The director of an Oscar-nominated Russian animated film said the nomination, which is already his second, had been earned the hard way, as he tried to prove that his initial success was not coincidental.

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Konstantin Bronzit’s “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos,” which was shortlisted for an award in the "Best short film, animated" category, has already won over 50 international awards. Bronzit’s earlier work, “Lavatory – Lovestory” was nominated for an Oscar in 2009.

“This nomination is especially dear to me because it is already my second. Any success, even a major one, often depends on luck or chance. Too many directors and actors were nominated for and even got an Oscar, only to disappear for good. That’s why it was as if I was competing with myself, trying to prove that the 2009 success was not just an accident,” Bronzit told RIA Novosti.

He said that the 15-minute film about two friends who dreamed of becoming cosmonauts had taken four entire years to make.

Along with the Russian cartoon, other nominated entries in this category include Richard Williams’ Canadian-British project "Prologue," "Sanjay's Super Team" by Pixar, “The World of Tomorrow” — an American short film by Don Hertzweldt, and the Chilean entry “Bear Story.”

The Oscars will be announced at a ceremony on February 28 in Beverly Hills.

Konstantin Bronzit, best known for his cartoon "Alyosha Popovich and Tugarin Zmei", is a member of the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a proud winner of France’s prestigious Cesar award and of Russia’s very own Nika and Golden Eagle awards.

He is best known to the general public for his full-length cartoon “Alyosha Popovich and Tugarin Zmei”, which came out in 2004.

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