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10 Animated Shorts Selected For Oscar Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has shortlisted ten films for the Best Animated Short category. From these ten selections, five nominees will be selected:

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)

For the record, I tweeted a few days ago about the four films from this year’s qualifying animated shorts that I felt were truly Oscar-worthy. Not a single one was selected for the shortlist, but don’t let that stop you from seeking them out. They are all fantastic shorts that extend the art form artistically and engage the viewer in a meaningful way:

  • Too bad about Junkjard and Oh Willy. Sure would have been cool to see a Dutch production in the list. Oh well they won a lot of prices in festivals at least.

  • Oh Willy and Its Such A Beautiful Day are major shocks for me and Junkyard was very special. Still some excellent shorts in the running. I would like to see one of the Brits win. The Eagleman Stag is an excellent film, both in technique and story and the world created in Head over Heels compliments the narrative beautifully.

  • Jen

    Upsetting to see that ‘Oh, Willy…’ did not make the cut. It was beautifully crafted. This certainly raises the bar for the films that did get chosen. Regardless, I am very excited to discover these all. Especially ‘Adam and Dog.’

  • Oh Willy was cheated

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  • Drew

    Paperman made me cry like a little girl

    • Paperman also made me cry over the waste of money. Why wasn’t it just hand animated without the help of cgi?

      • Ronnie Lane

        Because the point of the execution was to push both mediums. To ask what you did is to watch the point whiz over your head with a slight whooshing noise. It’s like saying animating Toy Story in CG was a ‘waste of money’.

      • Ferguson


        Why the animosity towards exploring new ways of animating? Are you afraid of innovation? If this combination of cgi and traditional animation was a failure, it was an attempt worth trying.

        • daniel

          It wasn’t innovative.. it’s basically hand-drawn mocap over CG.. I’m pretty sure that process won’t be repeated for a feature.. I don’t see anyone who actually draws wanting to do that..

  • I’m a bit sad about It’s Such a Beautiful Day didn’t make the cut. They had nominated Hertzfeldt for Rejected, and they’ve been ignoring his work since then. Everything Will Be OK had made it on the shortlist but was passed over for the nomination. I am So Proud of You and now It’s Such a Beautiful Day didn’t even get onto the shortlist.

    Oh well. I really can’t complain about the films that made it. The ones I’ve seen were all pretty good, and the ones I haven’t seen all look pretty interesting.

    • Jonathan

      The annual signs of Autumn: the changing colors in the trees, brisk weather, and Academy members pathetically pretending Don Hertzfeldt doesn’t exist.

  • The Maker was one of my favorites >.< BUT Glad to hear the Eagleman Stag is still in the running.

  • Sotiris

    Something odd I noticed. The press release of the Academy mentions that there were 56 shorts considered while you via Michael Sporn said that they were 57.

  • Cameron Koller

    I’m truly saddened at the lack of Junkyard, a film I wouldn’t hesitate to call a new masterpiece for the animated short form. Beautifully rendered, thoughtfully written, and just a brilliantly rich piece of work. Alas, its realist bent might not have been what appeals to the Academy, who tend to go more for “charm” than “innovation.” I’m not as sore about Oh Willy. I’ve seen it a few times, and confusion has given way to appreciation, but I can’t get myself to love it yet despite its very textured and atmospheric visuals.

    One delightful surprise however is the presence of Combustible, another great short film and Otomo’s best since Cannon Fodder. I wish it and the others luck.

  • Lauren

    Ouch, poor Pixar shunned again this year! I guess they’ve had their fair share anyway, but La Luna was pretty cute.

    • Cameron Koller

      La Luna was up last year.

    • La Luna was justifiably nominated last year. This year Pixar released Partysaurus Rex, which I really liked, but it didn’t make the list, so Disney probably held it back to give all their support to Paperman.

      • Sotiris

        Partysaurus Rex wasn’t even submitted for consideration.

  • Gobo

    Paperman was beautiful and pushes the medium.

  • i think they are all good but Oh willy was a favourite of mine at annecy

  • Josh

    No ‘Partysaurus Rex’? Dang, I thought that short was hilarious.

  • Laura

    Junkyard is a masterpiece and whoever decided not to select it is a cow.

  • akira

    WTF?! where’s “House of Monsters”?

  • Can’t believe “Junkyard” didn’t get in. . . “Tram” is wonderful ! As is “Such A Beautiful Day”. . . all worthy. . .

  • It’s good to read all these great comments about Junkyard.
    I didn’t expect this to happen either.
    Maybe the film was shown at the end of a very long day and people got hungry. Maybe some animators didn’t like the fact that part of the animationprocess was rotoscopy, or maybe the film is too heavy and dirty for them. It is an 18 minute film, so maybe it was voted away premature. I have no clue, I can only guess, and that’s a complete waste of time so I stop that right away. Fact is that I have put salt on all snails in order to make a good film. The Devil is in the details. I don’t think I really fucked up anywhere in Junkyard, but I might be wrong. Junkyard does score high on festivals with audiences and juries, including that of you, J.J. , so I feel very good about that.

    • Hisko, you did nothing wrong. Your film is a marvel and a favorite among many of us who did vote. Who can explain why some people liked it and some people didn’t. That’s irrelevant, anyway. Not being on the list hurts, I know; I’ve been there before – quite a few times. You did your best, that’s obvious; it’s a good, strong film that many people did like. I’m sorry is really all that can be said. I wish there were eleven titles on the list; certainly, you would have made it then.

      • Thank you Michael!
        I don’t feel very bad about it. It’s just that I didn’t expect it.
        An Oscar nomination might have helped financing future projects and help with sales and press etc. so that’s a bummer. But we’ll move on.

  • Caith

    Honestly I can’t understand why amazing films like Junkyard, It’s Such a Beautiful Day, I Hate You Red Light or Oh Willy arent on the list. In a list where “Fresh Guacamole” by PES is still beign considered for the nomination…

  • Couldn’t agree more….we’ve interviewed Hisko Hulsing (Junkyard), Emma De Swaef (Oh Willy…) & Joseph Pierce (The Pub) on our site http://www.directorsnotes.com and I’m shocked none of these made the shortlist. Each of the aforementioned films is a stunning piece of animation and would have happily graced the list – sometimes I can’t understand what goes through the selection committee’s mind.