The best animated short category was a much tougher field to predict ahead of today’s announcement. Perhaps the category’s only previous Oscar nominees Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby’s The Flying Sailor looked like a likely inclusion, but most of the commercialized big studio fare that has recently flooded the category was absent when the shortlist was announced.
That said, three of the five nominees picked from that 15-title shortlist did have backing from major media organizations including The Walt Disney Company (Sara Gunnarsdóttir and Pamela Ribon’s My Year of Dicks), Apple TV+ (Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud’s The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse), and the government-run National Film Board of Canada (The Flying Sailor).
Filling out the animated short category were the Cannes-playing Portuguese film Ice Merchants by João Gonzalez and Student Oscar-winner An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It from Australian filmmaker Lachlan Pendragon.
The visual effects category feels mostly academic this year, as Avatar: The Way of Water looks like an absolute lock to take home the Oscar. The film includes so much cg work that it could probably have qualified as an animated feature had it been submitted in the category. Other nominees in the category include All Quiet on the Western Front, The Batman, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Top Gun: Maverick.
Here are the Oscar categories which featured animated nominees:
- Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson, Gary Ungar, Alex Bulkley
- Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Dean Fleischer Camp, Elisabeth Holm, Andrew Goldman, Carline Kaplan, Paul Mezey
- Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Joel Crawford, Mark Swift
- The Sea Beast
Chris Williams, Jed Schlanger
- Turning Red
Domee Shi, Lindsey Collins
Animated Short Film
- The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse
Charlie Mackesy, Matthew Freud
- The Flying Sailor
Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby
- Ice Merchants
- An Ostrich Told Me the World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It
- My Year of Dicks
Sara Gunnarsdóttir, Pamela Ribon
- All Quiet on the western Front
Frank Petzold, Viktor
- Avatar: The Way of Water
Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, Daniel Barrett
- The Batman
Dan Lemmon, Russel Earl, Anders Langlands, Dominic Tuohy
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, R. Christopher White, Dan Sudick
- Top Gun: Maverick
Ryan Tudhope, Seth Hill, Bryan Litson, Scott R. Fischer
The 95th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, March 12, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.