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March 1, 2007 - Volume 39 Number 12
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She shoots, he scores

McGill grad Torill Kove and her husband, music professor Kevin Dean, are the creative eye and ear of what is now an Oscar-award-winning movie.

The Danish Poet, a National Film Board co-production which Kove (MUP '89) directed and for which Dean composed the music, won America's most storied movie prize in the best animated short of 2006 category at the 79th annual Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 25.

"I want to thank the Academy for this wonderful award, it's such an honour and also for continuing to support this animated short category. That really means a lot to us," said Kove to the applause of a celebrity-laden audience at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Kove and husband Dean, who is both an associate professor in McGill's Faculty of Music and a highly acclaimed jazz trumpeter, were off to the Governor's Ball following the awards ceremony. Their Oscar night itinerary also included dinner with The Danish Poet production team and entourage, not to mention attendance at the hottest after-party in town, hosted by Vanity Fair magazine.

As extraordinary as the soiree and the achievement are, they were not entirely without precedent for Kove and Dean, who also attended the 1999 Academy Awards ceremony when another National Film Board film on which they collaborated, My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts, was also nominated in the best animated short category, but did not win.

The Danish Poet, a joint endeavour between filmmakers from Kove's adopted Canada and her native Norway, tells the story of Kasper, a young poet in search of inspiration who travels to Norway to meet the celebrated writer Sigrid Undset. In addition to the Oscar, it won the best animated short Genie Award on Feb. 13.

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