A screening committee drawn from the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members has winnowed a field of 63 entries down to 10 semi-finalists for the Best Animated Short Oscar using an averaged scoring system. (See the full list below.)
All members of the branch can take part in the second round which kicks off at year’s end and will be done by preferential voting. Five nominees will be announced along with the rest of the Academy Award contenders on Jan. 23. All members of the academy will receive DVDs of these nominees and can vote for the winner.
NBA great Kobe Bryant is also in the running for his work as a writer on the acclaimed animated short film “Dear Basketball.” Last year, Pixar won this award for “Piper” and it is back in contention with “Lou.” The animation powerhouse has won four of its 13 bids.
Devon Manney, director
(University of Southern California)
Glen Keane, director, and Kobe Bryant, writer
(Glen Keane Productions)
“Fox and the Whale”
Robin Joseph, director
Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, directors
“In a Heartbeat”
Esteban Bravo and Beth David, directors
(Ringling College of Art and Design)
Chenglin Xie, director
(China Central Academy of Fine Arts)
“Lost Property Office”
Daniel Agdag, director, and Liz Kearney, producer
(8th in Line)
Dave Mullins, director, and Dana Murray, producer
(Pixar Animation Studios)
Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, directors
Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, directors
(Magic Light Pictures)
As per the rules, an Animated Short Subject is defined as a motion picture “created by using a frame-by-frame technique that usually falls into one of the two general fields of animation – character or abstract – ” and that is no more than 40 minutes in length.
Unlike the calendar-year eligibility for most of the other categories at the Oscars, these short films must meet screening requirements between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017. They must either: (i) be screened for seven days in either Los Angeles or Manhattan; (ii) win an award at a qualifying festival; or (iii) win a Student Academy Award.
Be sure to make your Oscar nomination predictions so that Hollywood studio executives can see how their films are faring in our Academy Awards odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominees are announced on January 23.