Kirk DeMicco, 'The Croods,' animated feature film nomination

Kirk DeMicco, left, is part of a directing duo (with Chris Sanders) of "The Croods." Today's Oscar nomination is without a doubt the icing on the cake of an eight-year labor of love. We set out to make a film that everyone in the family -- especially fathers -- can relate to: a story about the power of change. You'd think as an Oscar hopeful I'd be up at 5:30 a.m. glued to my television, but instead I was in the nursery of my 10-month-old twins experiencing the real power of change -- that of diapers. This film has taken the work of over 300 talented artists at DreamWorks Animation to produce, and on behalf of our entire crew, I send a huge thank you to the academy and raise a bottle baby in toast to our fellow nominees! Also, from "Croods" producer Kristine Belson: "Wow ... WOW! I'm so thrilled and so grateful to the academy. But mostly, I'm so very proud on behalf of our incredible team of artists who crafted this film, our amazing voice cast, and most of all of our writer/directors Chris and Kirk. They made a movie that was both hilarious and moving, and I feel damn lucky to be part of this remarkable team."
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