This year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had a record 69 animated short films vying for a nomination. Now the 10 titles that will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards have been announced.
For six years, Disney or Pixar has been nominated in the category every year, and won twice (“Paperman” and “Feast”). This year both studios have films on the shortlist, “Inner Workings” (Disney) and “Piper” (Pixar). Other animated shorts included in the 10 are Robert Valley’s “Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” Franck Dion’s “The Head Vanishes” and Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj’s “Borrowed Time.”
Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles. Screening of each will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.
The final five will be announced, along with the rest of the Academy Awards nominations, on Tuesday, January 24. The 2017 Oscars will take place on Sunday, February 28.
The 10 animated short films, along with their production companies and trailer, are below:
“Blind Vaysha,” Theodore Ushev, director (National Film Board of Canada)
“Borrowed Time,” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, directors (Quorum Films)
“Happy End,” Jan Saska, director (FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)
“The Head Vanishes,” Franck Dion, director (Papy3D Productions, National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France Cinema Department)
“Inner Workings,” Leo Matsuda, director, and Sean Lurie, producer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
“Once Upon a Line,” Alicja Jasina, director (University of Southern California)
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” Robert Valley, director, and Cara Speller, producer (Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation)
“Pearl,” Patrick Osborne, director (Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures)
“Piper,” Alan Barillaro, director, and Marc Sondheimer, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)
“Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers),” Marie-Christine Courtès, director, and Ludivine Berthouloux, art director (Vivement Lundi! and Novanima)