“The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse” wins Oscar for Best Animated Short Film

Freud (R) on stage with author/artist Charlie Mackesy (L) to accept the award (Kevin Winter/Staff/Getty Images)

Freuds chairman Matthew Freud took to the stage at last night’s Oscars ceremony to accept the award for The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse, as a producer of the animated short film, which took the top spot in the Short Film (Animated) category at the 95th Academy Awards.

In his acceptance speech at the Hollywood event, according to PR Week, Freud apologised to his colleagues at PR agency Freuds, as well as his family, for “basically being absent over the last two years”.

Blaming his British etiquette, he also apologised rather than thanking those involved in making the film, saying: “I’m really sorry to all the people who should be on this stage with us.”

The agency boss admitted the experience was “bewildering” as someone who has “never made a film before”.

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse met with a widely positive response upon its release in December last year. It features the vocal talents of actors Idris Elba, Tom Hollander and Gabriel Byrne.

The film overcame competition from The Flying Sailor — Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, Ice Merchants — João Gonzalez and Bruno Caetano,  My Year of Dicks — Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Pamela Ribon, and An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It — Lachlan Pendragon.

Freud was also handed a trophy at the Bafta Film Awards in February, where the film won the British Short Animation award.


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