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A List of Every Animated Short That Qualified For An Oscar This Year

Here is the the complete list of 57 animated shorts that qualified for the 2012 animated short Oscar, courtesy of Michael Sporn. Bear in mind, anyone can qualify a film for Oscar consideration if they follow the proper steps so being on this list doesn’t signify any kind of special accomplishment.

The 57 shorts is a huge jump from 2010 when only 33 shorts qualified for the award and 2011 when 45 shorts qualified.

Members of the Academy’s animation branch have now voted on these shorts. Their voting will result in a shortlist of 10 films. Then, a second round of voting will whittle down the shortlist to the five Oscar nominees.

  • Laura

    I can’t wait to see Adam and Dog.
    I think I re-watched the trailer five bazillion times.

  • Julian Carter

    Wish I could watch these shorts on a high-quality video format. They’re probably hard enough to find on the internet.

    May the best short win.

    • I found 15 of the films searching on the internet. That’s just over a quarter of them. Of course it’s not going to be high quality though.

  • Here’s me crossing my fingers for “It’s Such a Beautiful Day” by Don Hetzfeldt. His second Oscar nod could turn into his first Oscar win if he plays his cards right. I know I will be putting my money on him.

    • Paul K

      A lot of greats this year, yet “It’s Such a Beautiful Day” is the most memorable, emotionally resonant, and compelling (non-cliche) storytelling out of the dozen or so I’ve seen (so far) from the list. Sure, it may not have the technical merits as some of the others, but I think it has a chance like you said.

      • E Kaplan

        I haven’t seen enough of the shorts to compare, and maybe we have different definitions of “technical merit,” but I thought “It’s Such A Beautiful Day” was rather impressive in that regard. The sound design, the use of experimental film techniques, and the subtle handling of the simple characters all spoke to me of a mature and masterful artist and storyteller. I really would love a chance to see all the other shortson the list to compare them (and i WILL sit for 6 ½ hours, especially for animation) but I can’t imagine Hertzfeldt’s work falling short in that regard.

  • Mathew

    I got the chance to see Pasteurized at the Austin Film Festival last weekend and it was great. Good Luck!

  • Sandra

    Saw Cadaver and The Pub at LAFF, both outstanding pieces.

  • “…being on this list doesn’t signify any kind of special accomplishment.”

    I dunno, I rather disagree. These people still had to put forth the effort and MAKE an animated short, which is still a whole lot more accomplishment than many people achieve. Credit where credit is due.

    That said, I think it’s ridiculous that to qualify you aren’t allowed to make your short public. What a load of bull. Get down off your high horse, Oscar. Everyone deserves to be entertained, not just an elite few.

    • Agreed.

      Most of those that were Oscar-eligible would have won “best animated short” at one or more qualifying festivals.

      Finishing an animated short is an accomplishment.

      Getting an animated short into a qualifying festival is a great accomplishment.

      Winning “best animation” at a qualifying festival is an amazing accomplishment.

      Don’t belittle what these film makers have achieved. It’s astonishing.

    • The truth is that anyone who follows the Oscar guidelines can pay money to have their films qualify, no matter how awful the film may be. Some unscrupulous filmmakers in the past have advertised that their films were “Oscar-qualified” which really is neither an honor nor an accomplishment of any sort. The Academy itself never releases the name of the qualifying films, probably for this very reason. It is confusing to the average non-industry person and may imply an endorsement by the Academy, which it’s not intended to be.

      • I believe the Academy has a stipulation in the rules saying that a film cannot associate itself with the Oscars unless they get nominated. That’s probably a good idea, although sometimes I’ve liked films that were not nominated more than the films that were.