Some Oscar reactions from the directors behind the Best Animated Feature nominated Coraline and the Best Animated Short nominated French Roast follows:

Fabrice O. Joubert, French Roast director: “Being nominated for an Academy Award is such a great honor for me, for the amazing crew who worked with me on the film, and for my producers at Bibo Films and The Pumpkin Factory. This makes us very proud here in Paris! French Roast was really an animator’s dream project, because we were able to tell a story entirely through characterization and pantomime, therefore using the medium to its maximum potential. I feel very grateful to the Academy for validating the film in this way.”

Henry Selick,Coraline director “I feel very lucky and very grateful that Coraline is nominated. There were more excellent animated features released in 2009 than in any year before, so being included makes all of us from LAIKA and Focus Features very proud. And the diversity of the nominees in both storytelling and animation techniques gladdens my heart: The Princess and the Frog and The Secret of Kells, done in hand-drawn animation; Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox, in stop-motion; and Up, in glorious CG. It’s a great day for me, my family, and for all of us on Coraline – and a great day for animated feature films.”