33 animated shorts qualify for Oscars

Cartoon Brew has the list of animated shorts that qualified for this year’s Oscars. To make it to this stage, these films had to: have a 3-day commerical run in Los Angeles; or win a best-in-category award at an approved competitive film festival; or win the Student Academy Award.

To winnow the list down further, a reviewing committee drawn from active and life members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch will view all entires, giving them a grade of 10 (excellent), 8 (good), 7 (fair) or 6 (poor). Up to 10 films with the highest average scores above 7.5 will advance. Should fewer than six films receive average scores above 7.5, those with the next highest average scores shall be included until six pictures are selected.

At that point, the entire membership of the Branch is invited to view all semi-finalists, and to grade them using the same scoring system. Only those films scoring at least an average of 7.5 are eligible to be nominated, with that roster to be limited to between three and five.

Final voting will be open to all Academy members who attend screenings, with the exception of those members of the Branch who have watched all the semi-finalists already; they may vote by mail.

As the Brewmasters note, “It’s a wide open field this year with plenty of newcomers; only three filmmakers among the thirty-three contenders have ever been nominated for an Oscar (Bill Plympton, Tomasz Bagiński and Don Hertzfeldt).” Brad Brevet (Rope of Silicon) has done a socko job tracking down video clips of 31 of the 33 contenders, including the Pixar pic “Day and Night.”

Image: Still from “Day and Night” (Pixar)

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