The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards. Thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.
The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in New York and Los Angeles. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January 2010. The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:
"The Cat Piano"
Eddie White and Ari Gibson, directors (The People's Republic of Animation)
Fabrice O. Joubert, director (Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films)
"Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty"
Nicky Phelan, director, and Darragh O'Connell, producer (Brown Bag Films)
Tomek Baginski, director-producer (Platige Image)
"The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)"
Javier Recio Gracia, director (Kandor Graphics and Green Moon)
Nicolas Schmerkin, producer (Autour de Minuit)
"A Matter of Loaf and Death"
Nick Park, director (Aardman Animations Ltd.)
Peter Sohn, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)
Roelof van den Bergh, director (il Luster Productions)