Animator/producer Frederic Back has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 89. The two-time Academy Award-winner passed away at his home in Montreal, Canada on Tuesday (24Dec13). Back began his career as an artist and illustrator in the graphics department of Radio-Canada's first-ever TV station. He moved into films in 1970, when he produced his first animated short, Abracadabra. In 1981, following five other shorts, Back was nominated for a best animated short Oscar for Tout Rien (All Nothing). The film did not win, but his next project, Crac, won him an Academy Award in 1982 and he brought home a second in 1988 for L'homme qui Plantait des Arbres (The Man Who Planted Trees). His last Oscar nod came in 1994 for Le fleuve aux grandes eaux (Mighty River). In recognition of his career success, he was later named a Knight of the National Order of Quebec and an Officer of the Order of Canada. Back was also known for his activism in the fight for animal rights.