A great deal of energy is expended annually discussing the nominees and winners of the animated short and feature categories of the Academy Awards, yet little is understood about how the awards work. Cartoon Brew is making an effort this year to pull back the curtain on the animation categories of the Oscars, and to help the community understand how nominees and winners are chosen.
With our regularly updated Awards Tracker, you can learn which animated shorts have officially qualified for Oscar consideration by winning an award at an Academy-qualifying festival. This list of qualified films has never been tracked before — though the information is publicly accessible — and amazingly, even Academy members who vote on these films do not usually know which films have qualified until the weekend in October during which they view all the films. Now, with this list, everyone (even voters) can have a clear sense of which films have performed well on the festival circuit, and where they’ve qualified.
The next question though is, Who actually votes on these films?