BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
In his first directing effort since Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufmann makes his first animated feature alongside co-director Duke Johnson. Based on his play of the same name, the film centers around Michael Stone (voiced by David Thewlis), and a self-help author on a tour to promote his book. He has become so disconnected from everybody that they are starting to look the same. As further emphasis on this, every other character is voiced by Tom Noonan, even Michael’s wife and kids.
His worlds’ turned upside down when he meets and falls for Lisa (voiced by Jennifer Jason Leigh), an insecure woman. Though average looking, Michael finds something special about her and pursues an affair. What makes this love story stand out is the fact Lisa’s no bathing beauty. She’s more like the kind of woman you work with at an office. So it’s not just based on looks. And yet, Michael finds something special about her.