Early this morning, the Oscar nominations were announced, and I was hugely excited to see my friend, and Seattle resident, Dean DeBlois nominated (along with Chris Sanders) for Best Animated Feature Film for How to Train Your Dragon. The duo co-directed the movie.

Other films nominated in the category are The Illusionist and Toy Story 3.

How to Train Your Dragon was also nominated for Best Original Score, but sadly "Sticks and Stones" a great number from the movie by Jónsi (the Sigur Rós frontman) got left off the Best Original Song competition.

Why does the Academy hate Icelandic musicians? (See: Bjork).

Best of luck to Dean. And if you haven't  seen How to Train Your Dragon, it is an amazing film. Add it to your Netflix queue immediately.