And the Oscar goes to … a graduate of Elmira Notre Dame High School.
John Canemaker, a member of Notre Dame’s Class of 1961, was recently awarded an Oscar in the Best Animated Short Film category. “The Moon and the Sun: An Imagined Conversation,” a 28-minute production about father-son relationships, gave the 62-year-old Canemaker his first Oscar win.
Canemaker received his Academy Award during the March 5 telecast of the awards ceremony from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. He accepted an Oscar trophy as did his co-producer, Peggy Stern.
“Peggy and I thank the Academy for this great honor — and also for your faith in hand-drawn animation, which still can pack an emotional wallop,” Canemaker said during his acceptance speech.
“The Moon and the Sun” is scheduled to be aired on the Cinemax movie channel this June. The film is largely autobiographical as it centers on Canemaker’s difficult relationship with his Italian immigrant father. Canemaker and Stern combine animation, home movies and photos in presenting an imagined talk between a son and his abusive father. Noted Hollywood actors John Turturro and Eli Wallach present the voices of the son and father, respectively.
Canemaker has been making animated films since 1975.¬†He is a professor, as well as director of the animation program, at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also is an internationally recognized animation historian who has published numerous books and articles on the subject.