Oscar season is officially upon us. Starting tomorrow in Los Angeles, the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee will spend two days viewing all the eligible entries in the best animated short film category. The following weekend, Academy members in New York will perform the same task.
This voting will result in a 10-film shortlist that will be announced in November, followed by a second round of voting that will determine the five short nominees.
So what shorts will the Academy members watch? Cartoon Brew has been tracking all year the short films that have qualified in our exclusive Awards Tracker, a first-of-its-kind resource for the animation community. We made our final update to the list earlier today. A few notable last-minute additions: the French short Au fil de l’ eau by Dominique Monfery, the director of Disney’s Destino, and Stripy by brothers Babak and Behnoud Nekooei, which marks one of the few times a short from Iran has qualified.