source: ca.reuters.com

Australian claymation film Mary and Max was named Best Animated Feature at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

It is yet another accolade for the story of a pen-friendship between an adult New Yorker with Asperger’s Syndrome and a lonely young Australian girl.

The film was directed by Oscar winner Adam Elliot and features the voices of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette.

Mary and Max is already on DVD in Australia, yet is still awaiting cinematic release in the U.S.

Hopefully it will receive American distribution in the coming months. Perhaps if the rave reviews are any indication, it could even nab a Best Animated Feature nomination at next year’s Academy Awards.

Discuss: Is Mary and Max a genuine Oscar contender?