Its not just any award, Hangar No.5 has been nominated for one of the awards in the 7th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards, in the 'Outstanding Effects in a Student Project' category.
The film generated a lot of excitement in the Blender community during 2008, using Blender for its CG effects, it certainly turned out to be a successful and professional film upon release.
Nathan Matsuda writes:
""Hangar No. 5" was announced yesterday morning as a nominee for the Visual Effects Society award for best visual effects in a student film.
This is the first year that the VES, whose members are visual effects professionals throughout the world, has included a student category amongst the awards given out.
We are very excited to have been nominated for the award and are proud to represent the Blender community with our film."
The winners are announced on the 21st of February, at the Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA. The nominees and more information is detailed in this pdf. The 'Outstanding Effects in a Student Project' category is listed at the end of the document.
For those who haven't seen the film, Hangar No.5 is viewable on Vimeo - http://www.vimeo.com/1118299
So congradulations to the Hangar No.5 team and goodluck!