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BHS Graduate Lloyd Taylor Wins Annie Award for Film Nimona

Pictured: Lloyd Taylor
By Staff
April 17, 2024: At the 2024 Annie Awards, Bronxville's own Lloyd Taylor and his co-writer, Robert Baird, won the Annie Award for "Best Writing - Feature" for their science fantasy film Nimona, which is based on a graphic novel. The Annie Awards recognize excellence in animation shown in American cinema and television.
Lloyd Taylor with Robert Baird, co-writer of Nimona, at the Annie Awards
Lloyd Taylor grew up in Bronxville and graduated from Bronxville High School ('90). He went on to Middlebury College ('95) where he majored in Studio Art and minored in Psychology. 
Ever since he was a child, Lloyd knew he wanted to do something creative. After graduating from college, he tried to figure out how to make a living "being creative" and worked in film, as an artist and then as a graphic designer for an internet company but lost his job during the dot.com crash of 2000. 
As Lloyd says, with no clear career prospects, he decided to go to business school at Georgetown University. He earned his MBA from Georgetown but decided that business wasn't for him. He started writing screenplays in his spare time and, as he says, wrote many until he finally wrote a screenplay that he was "proud of." 
Lloyd then decided to move to Hollywood to pursue a career as a screenwriter. He got an agent, a manager and an attorney, who started circulating his script to film producers and studio executives. He was then hired by Walt Disney Pictures to be one of five in-house writers.
While at Disney, Lloyd worked on several Disney movies, including The Wild, Race to Witch Mountain, and Enchanted. During this time, he also wrote scripts for
Paramount, Sony, Fox, Alcon Pictures, Warner Brothers and DreamWorks. The first one to get made into an animated movie was Spies in Disguise for Fox/Blue Sky Studios, starring Will Smith and Tom Holland and directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane.
Following the success of Spies in Disguise, Lloyd was hired to co-write Fox/Blue Sky Studios' next film, Nimona, with Robert L. Baird, adapting the Eisner Award winning graphic novel of the same name by ND Stevenson. 
Then the global pandemic hit, and Disney, which owned Fox/Blue Sky Studios, decided to shut it down. Annapurna Pictures then bought Nimona from Disney, and Netflix decided to co-finance, co-produce and release Nimona. 
Nimona, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed and Eugene Lee Lang, and directed by Spies in Disguise directors Nick Bruno and Troy Quane, was finally released on Netflix on June 30, 2023, to rave reviews.
It was also nominated for a total of nine Annie Awards, the most of any film, and won two. Chloe Grace Moretz won for "Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature."
Lloyd Taylor and his co-writer Robert L. Baird won for "Best Writing in an Animated Feature."
Nimona was also nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Animated Feature Film," where it competed against Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse and the ultimate winner The Boy and The Heron by Hayao Miyazaku. Lloyd and the Nimona team were at the Academy Awards rooting for their movie.
Most recently Lloyd was a "script doctor" on DreamWorks' Trolls Band Together and DreamWorks/Netflix's Orion and The Dark.
He is currently writing the screenplay for a new DreamWorks movie that has not yet been announced.

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Bronxville Public Library
Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)

Concordia Conservatory
Concordia Conservatory

Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.

Executive Director: Kathleen Suss
Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art

171 White Plains Rd
Bronxville, NY

Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville
Fine Arts Gallery of Bronxville

99B Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Objects and Images Fine Arts
Objects and Images Fine Arts

117 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College
The O'Silas Gallery at Concordia College
Part of Concordia College New York, the OSilas Gallery integrates the visual arts into the cultural and educational life of our campus and community by providing quality exhibitions and programs that are diverse in style, content, and media. Our programs are memorable, thought-provoking, and spiritually enriching; and of artistic originality, integrity, and excellence.
Womrath Bookstore
Womrath Bookstore
Womrath Bookshop is a located in the heart of Bronxville village. In addition to selling books, the store also sell children's toys and holds readings both at the store and elsewhere in the community, such as at the Library.

76 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, NY
(914) 337-0199

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