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Academy Advances Ten Animated Shorts for Oscar Nominations Vote; Snubs Pixar’s ‘Lava’ (Clips)

Academy Advances Ten Animated Shorts for Oscar Nominations Vote; Snubs Pixar's 'Lava' (Clips)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Short Films and Feature Animation Branch reviewing committee is advancing 10 animated short films to be voted on by the branch for Oscar nominations.  Fifty-eight pictures had originally qualified in the category.
While Disney frontrunner “Feast,” from Patrick Osborne, is on the shortlist, and Bill Plympton has two shorts in contention, shockingly, Pixar’s “Lava” (James Ford) did not make the cut. What gives? The Academy confirms that it was eligible. It’s delightful. This will mark an unusual year with no Pixar Oscar nominee, as they did not release a 2014 feature. 

Also left off the list were fest favorites “Baths” (Tomek Ducki), “Me + Her” (Joseph Oxford), “Nieta” (Nicolas Villarreal) and “Padre” (Santiago Bou Grasso).

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
“The Bigger Picture,” Daisy Jacobs, director, and Christopher Hees, producer (National Film and Television School)
“Coda,” Alan Holly, director (And Maps And Plans)
“The Dam Keeper,” Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, directors (Tonko House)
“Duet,” Glen Keane, director (Glen Keane Productions & ATAP)
“Feast,” Patrick Osborne, director, and Kristina Reed, producer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
“Footprints,” Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio)
“Me and My Moulton,” Torill Kove, director (Mikrofilm in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada)
“The Numberlys,” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors (Moonbot Studios)
“A Single Life,” Joris Oprins, director (Job, Joris & Marieke)
“Symphony No. 42,” Réka Bucsi, director (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest)
Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist.  Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.
The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

A SINGLE LIFE – TRAILER from Job, Joris & Marieke on Vimeo.

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