Oscar Night For The Pirates!

The 85th Academy Awards are announced in Los Angeles later tonight, and among the movies in contention for one of the much coveted awards is the 2012 claymation feature The Pirates! Band Of Misfits (aka The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists), which is nominated in the Animated Feature Film category.

Directed by British animation legend and Aardman co-founder Peter Lord and based on Gideon Defoe’s cult novel series, The Pirates! Band Of Misfits is a delirious high-seas romp starring Hugh Grant as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain, who navigates his salty crew on a perilous mission to Victorian London to aid a young Charles Darwin voiced by David Tennant. Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, Brian Blessed and Salma Hayek also lend their voices to the film.

The Animated feature Film category is as follows:
  • "Brave" Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
  • "Frankenweenie" Tim Burton
  • "ParaNorman" Sam Fell and Chris Butler
  • "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" Peter Lord
  • "Wreck-It Ralph" Rich Moore
The Oscars ceremony will be hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Guests will start to arrive from 4pm PST (7pm EST / midnight GMT) and the three hour show begins at 5.30pm PST (8.30pm EST / 1.30am GMT). The show will also pay tribute to the 50th anniversary in 2012 of the James Bond franchise. 

Watch the ceremony live on the ABC network starting from 8.30pm EST, or for UK viewers red carpet coverage begins on Sky Living from 11.30pm GMT and the Awards Cermony follows on Sky Movies Oscars from 1.30am GMT.