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Monday, November 12, 2012

Oscars: Animated Short Films Shortlisted

From top right: Combustible, Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare, Paperman, Head over Heels and The Eagleman Stag

 After Animated Features films, it's the turn for the animated shorts to be shortlisted and will move forward in the race.  The films selected are:

  • "Adam and Dog," Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films)
  • "Combustible," Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.)
  • "Dripped," Léo Verrier, director (ChezEddy)
  • "The Eagleman Stag," Mikey Please, director, and Benedict Please, music scores and sound design (Royal College of Art)
  • "The Fall of the House of Usher," Raul Garcia, director, and Stephan Roelants, producer (Melusine Productions, R&R Communications Inc., Les Armateurs, The Big Farm)
  • "Fresh Guacamole," PES, director (PES)
  • "Head over Heels," Timothy Reckart, director, and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, producer (National Film and Television School)
  • "Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”," David Silverman, director (Gracie Films)
  • "Paperman," John Kahrs, director (Disney Animation Studios)
  • "Tram," Michaela Pavlátová, director, and Ron Dyens, producer (Sacrebleu Productions)

Out of these, only three to five will be nominated on January 10, 2013 after Academy screenings.  Amazingly, The Simpsons Movie was never even nominated for Best Animated Feature back in 2008.  But the short, Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare', has a chance of being nominated alongside Disney's black and white love story, Paperman and Adam and Dog by Minkyu Lee.  I don't recognize any of the other shorts as yet but they are usually available to view online by the time the awards nite comes along so it's easier to be well-informed in that category.  The big surprise here is that no Pixar short is leading the way even though a Toy Story short aired in front of Brave, it didn't quite make the cut. 

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