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Montreal animator Torill Kove is seen in her office Thursday, January 15, 2015 in Montreal.Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

The Oscar-winning, Norwegian-born Canadian director and animator Torill Kove has received her third Academy Award nomination, this time for the National Film Board animated short Me and My Moulton, an autobiographical homage to her family. We spoke to Kove from her home in Montreal.

Why we revel in colour as children, but dress in black as adults: "It must be some unbelievably strong need to conform to what's around you. I have drawers full of things that are grey and black, occasionally navy. I have a tuque though that is pink and green, which are colours right out of the film, and colours that I love. I'm actually not very confident when picking colours for illustrations or for film. But when I cook, there's a pleasure I get in putting a handful of strawberries in a bright blue bowl. It's just joyful. I think colour is something underused in this world."

On the film's chilled sixties jazz vibe: "The composer is my husband, [McGill music professor and jazz trumpeter/organist] Kevin Dean. There was jazz in my family that we played when I was a kid. It was a Jimmy Smith album with Wes Montgomery. I associate that music with this period of my family's life, and I told my husband that I wanted that sound. It sounds like the sixties and it fits with how I experienced the story. It's the kind of music that can be both very joyful, but also quite wistful. I think people will get it. I think it works."

The film as an homage to her late parents: My parents moved to Africa when I was just finishing high school. So, there were long periods of separation with them when I was becoming an adult myself. I feel there's a gap in the evolution of my relationship with them, and I might have some need to tend to that by including them in a story that I'm writing. As far as their reaction to this Oscar nomination, my parents were Norwegian, old school. There's the idea that you should never feel that you're better than anybody else. So, they would be proud of me, but quietly proud."