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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Short

Controversial Kobe Bryant commercial "Dear Basketball" is up against Roald Dahl fairy tale "Revolting Rhymes" and Pixar's "Lou." Updated 2/24/2018.

“Revolting Rhymes”

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 fairy tale poems (the third nomination for Magic Light Pictures, including “The Gruffalo”) starring Dominic West as the Big Bad Wolf; and “Garden Party,” a CG amphibian romp through a crime scene (from the French MOPA animation school).

“Dear Basketball”

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


“Revolting Rhymes” (Director: Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, Magic Light Pictures)
“Dear Basketball” (Director: Glen Keane, Glen Keane Productions)

“Negative Space”


“Negative Space” (Director, Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, Ikki Films)
“Lou” (Director: Dave Mullins, Pixar Animation Studios)
“Garden Party” (Director: Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, MOPA)

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