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‘Song of the Sea,’ ‘Kaguya’ Are Latest in Gkids’ String of Oscar-Nommed Films

When it comes to Oscar pedigrees, it’s hard to improve on that of Gkids, the distributor behind two of this year’s nominated animated features, “Song of the Sea” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.” Since getting into distribution in 2008, the company has fielded six Oscar nominees, beginning with “The Secret of Kells” in 2010, followed by “Chico & Rita” and “A Cat in Paris” in 2012, and “Ernest & Celestine” in 2013.

Gkids, which stands for Guerrilla Kids Intl. Distribution Syndicate, has found an effective niche — bringing quality animated fare from around the world to the U.S.

“There’s a need to open up the American market to a much wider idea of what animation is and what animation can be,” says Gkids topper Eric Beckman. “Our job is to find a film we love, explain to other people why we bought it, put it out there, and hope people see it.”

Be on the lookout next awards season for Studio Ghibli’s “When Marnie Was There,” picked up by Gkids in January, and “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet,” which Gkids scooped up Feb. 5.

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