Hillsboro Studio Laika's 'Missing Link' nominated for Oscar
Hillsboro animation studio Laika is up for an Oscar at next month's 92nd Academy Awards.
Laika's "Missing Link," written and directed by Chris Butler and produced by Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. The nominees were announced Monday, Jan. 13.
The film, which was released April 7, centered around a Sasquatch who enlists the help of an explorer to find the rest of his kind in the Himalayas. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and comedian Zach Galifianakis.
The movie joins four others nominated in the Best Animated Feature category, "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," "I Lost My Body," "Klaus," and Pixar's "Toy Story 4."
The Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC Feb. 9.
"Missing Link" is the fifth film by Laika Studios. The film also won a Golden Globe Award this year for Best Animated Feature Film category.
Laika is owned by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and is run by his son, Travis Knight. It's located in Hillsboro.
This is the sixth Academy Award nomination Laika has received since the studio released its first film, "Coraline," in 2009. Each of its films has been nominated for Best Animated Feature in the past, and the studio's previous film, 2016's "Kubo and the Two Strings," also was nominated for Best Visual Effects.
The studio has been critically praised and its president and CEO, Travis Knight, has gone on to direct major Hollywood films including 2018's "Bumblebee" and "The Six Billion Dollar Man" — a film version of the popular 1970s television series "The Six Million Dollar Man" — which is in pre-production.
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