2017 Oscars: Animated Short Contenders

Award season is slowly approaching for the Academy Awards. This year the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation branch has deemed eligible a record 70 animated shorts. There are ten shortlist animations followed by the final five nominations for the Oscars. Last year had 60 total animated shorts.  Previous years included 33 in 2010 to 58 in 2014. The Academy has yet to release the contenders but here is a list of contenders I believe that will make the cut for this years shortlist. The contenders are a varied lot shot in many styles, from the shortest, BAFTA-winner Ainslie Henderson’s “Stems” (Scotland), to the longest, Rob Valley’s “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Canada) at 35 minutes, just under the 40-minute mark. Disney has also been pushing two shorts this year, Alan Barillaro’s “Piper” and Leo Matsuda’s “Inner Workings.” Pixar has recently released a captivating independent short, “Borrowed Time.” I expect to Pixar to mean a strong contender for this year but I do hope a lot of the international films get recognized as well. The five nominees will be announced January 24, 2017.

1. Ainslie Henderson’s, “Stems” (Scotland)

Trailer for a new very short, short film about making puppet making make music. featuring the music of Poppy Ackroyd
Made possible by Puppet Animation Scotland.

2. Rob Valley’s, “Pear Cider and Cigarettes” (Canada)

Drink and smoke…that’s what Techno Stypes really likes to do, and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.

3. Georges Schwizgebel, “Erlking” (Switzerland)

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2015 Oscars: Best Animated Film Short Contenders

With the Oscars being hosted February 22, 2015 there will be many updates about contenders and top nominees for best animated short. The best animated short has been around since the 5th Academy Awards covering the year 1931 to 1932. The title was originally best “short subjects, cartoons” from 1932 till 1970. Rules of the animated short category consist of “no more than 40 minutes, including all credits”. Awards also have to be presented to “the individual person most directly responsible for the concept and the creative execution of the film.” Walt Disney’s famous, Silly Symphonies and MGM’s The Dam Keeper (Dir. Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, USA)Tom and Jerry have had the most praise of the animated series, both winning 7 Oscars. Last year the nominees for best animated short included, Feral ( Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden), Get a Horse ( Walt Disney Animation Studious; Lauren Macmullen and Dorothy Mckim), Possessions ( Sunrise; Shuhei Morita), Room on the Broom ( Magic Light Pictures; Max Land and Jan Lachauer and the winner of the category, Mr. Hublot ( Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares). This year marks the 87th Academy Awards with strong contenders with new studios and artists.

My top 6 contenders are listed below. The other films are listed below with links.
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