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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Short

Pixar's "Lou" is the best-known of this year's crop of animated short films. Updated 1/24/2018.

"Lou"

“Lou”

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Vying for this year’s Best Animated Short Film are Pixar’s “Lou” (about schoolyard bullying) and Kobe Bryant’s controversial “Dear Basketball” (the legendary Lakers’ retirement poem directed by Disney hand-drawn legend Glen Keane). They are joined by “Negative Space,” a French stop-motion work about the bond between father and son over suitcase packing; “Revolting Rhymes,” the British-German CG adaptation of Roald Dahl poems (the third nomination for Magic Light Pictures, including “The Gruffalo”); and “Garden Party,” a CG amphibian romp through a crime scene (from the French MOPA animation school).

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Here are the nominated animated shorts ranked in order of likelihood to win:

Frontrunner: 

“Lou” (Director: Dave Mullins, Pixar Animation Studios)

Contenders:

“Dear Basketball” (Director: Glen Keane, Glen Keane Productions)“Garden Party” (Director: Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, MOPA)
“Negative Space” (Director, Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, Ikki Films)
“Revolting Rhymes” (Director: Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, Magic Light Pictures)

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