Today, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences issued a press release revealing the 10 animated short films that are being considered for an Academy Award. Originally, 33 films had been chosen, but these 10 films represent the elite who now have higher hopes of winning that golden statuette come Oscar night.
The 10 films are:
- “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio)
- “Coyote Falls,” Matthew O’Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
- “Day & Night,” Teddy Newton, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
- “The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, directors (Magic Light Pictures)
- “Let’s Pollute,” Geefwee Boedoe, story-design-animation (Geefwee Boedoe)
- “The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann, directors (Passion Pictures Australia)
- “Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary),” Bastien Dubois, director (Sacrebleu Productions)
- “Sensology,” Michel Gagne, director-producer (GAGNE International LLC)
- “The Silence beneath the Bark,” Joanna Lurie, director (Lardux Films)
- “Urs,” Moritz Mayerhofer, director (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg)
Pixar’s Day & Night took one step closer towards a full-blown nomination here. Pixar has had success in this category in the past, capturing awards for Tin Toy, Geri’s Game, and For The Birds. I personally loved Day & Night, as I wrote about in-depth in my review here. It was an incredibly unique short with a message of acceptance, love, and hope that made it very touching. Oscar worthy? I think so!
The nominees for the Academy Awards are to be announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. ET.