As much as 40 percent of the animation for Song of the Sea was done in Viborg by Nørlum, the Danish studio which also co-produced the film.
"It means a whole lot to be nominated for an Oscar," said Frederik Villumsen, the studio's founder. "We are very proud to have helped to make Song of the Sea. To be honest, we are not the favourites, but I think that the film is a good underdog."
Ida, a Polish production made with support from the Danish Film Institute, was also announced as an Oscar nominee on Thursday. The film is primarily about a young Polish woman in the 1960s preparing to take her vows as a nun (see the trailer below).
Ida will face off against Russian film Leviathan, which on Sunday claimed the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. The other entries in the category are Estonia/Georgian film Tangerines, Argentine black comedy Wild Tales and French-Mauritanian drama Timbuktu.
Denmark’s other best hope for having a horse in the Oscars race was The Lego Movie, the Hollywood blockbuster based on the world-famous Danish toys. That movie, however, was not nominated in the Best Animated Featured Film category, though it did garner a nod for the best original song with Everything is Awesome.
The Lego Movie’s director, Phil Lord, didn’t seem too put out by the apparent snub, however:
It's okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGR— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015
The Oscars will be handed out on February 22nd in Los Angeles. Neil Patrick Harris will host.