Oscars 10 semi-finalists for Animated Short Film

The Short Films and Feature Animation viewing committee has winnowed the 33 eligible animated shorts down to 10 which will now be screened by all interested members of the branch to determine the final Oscar nominees. They will use the same scoring system — 10 (excellent), 8 (good), 7 (fair) or 6 (poor) — and 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.

Among the 10 shorts in contention is Teddy Newton‘s “Day & Night” from three-time champ Pixar (“Tin Toy,” 1988; “Geri’s Game,” 1997; and “For the Birds,” 2001). The return of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner after a seven-year absence in “Coyote Falls” merited a nomination for director Matthew O’Callaghan and producer Sam Register. Those Looney Tunes characters lost their only Oscar bid — for “Beep Prepared” — in 1961 to the Yugoslavian entry “Ersatz.” Also in the running this year is two-time nominee Bill Plympton for “The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger.”

The other seven semifinalists are:

“The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, directors (Magic Light Pictures)
“Let’s Pollute,” Geefwee Boedoe, story-design-animation (Geefwee Boedoe)
“The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann, directors (Passion Pictures Australia)
“Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary),” Bastien Dubois, director (Sacrebleu Productions)
“Sensology,” Michel Gagne, director-producer (GAGNE International LLC)
“The Silence beneath the Bark,” Joanna Lurie, director (Lardux Films)
“Urs,” Moritz Mayerhofer, director (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg)

Image: “Day & Night” (Pixar)

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