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Ten Animated Short Films Advance Toward Oscar Nominations

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 1, 2011 at 4:29PM

Ten Animated Short Films Advance Toward Oscar Nominations

Pixar's La Luna
Pixar's La Luna

The Academy short films and animation reviewing committee has picked ten animated short films to advance toward a nomination for the 84th Academy Awards®. The Academy qualified forty-four films. They screened the films in New York and Los Angeles. Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the ten titles on the shortlist at screenings in LA, NY and San Francisco in January. The nominations will be announced on January 25. 

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:
    •    "Dimanche/Sunday," Patrick Doyon, director (National Film Board of Canada)
    •    "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors (Moonbot Studios LA, LLC)
    •    "I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat," Matthew O'Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
    •    "La Luna," Enrico Casarosa, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
    •    "Luminaris," Juan Pablo Zaramella, director (JPZtudio)
    •    "Magic Piano," Martin Clapp, director and Hugh Welchman, producer (BreakThru Films)
    •    "A Morning Stroll," Grant Orchard, director and Sue Goffe, producer (Studio AKA)
    •    "Paths of Hate," Damian Nenow, director (Platige Image)
    •    "Specky Four-Eyes," Jean-Claude Rozec, director and Mathieu Courtois, producer (Vivement Lundi!)
    •    "Wild Life," Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, directors (National Film Board of Canada)

This article is related to: Oscars, Animation, Awards, Awards

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.