The record field of 69 Animated Short contenders has been whittled down to 10 films, the Academy announced Nov. 23.
Something to be thankful for, ahead of Thanksgiving: The shortlists for 89th Academy Awards consideration continue!
The record field of 69 Animated Short contenders (up from previous years: 60 in 2015, 58 in 2014 and 56 in 2013) has been whittled down to 10 films, the Academy announced Wednesday.
Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed the eligible entries and created the shortlist. Members will select 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, according the Academy.
The deadline to submit entries for Animated Short was Oct. 3.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
- "Blind Vaysha," Theodore Ushev, director (National Film Board of Canada)
- "Borrowed Time," Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, directors (Quorum Films)
- "Happy End," Jan Saska, director (FAMU - Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)
- "The Head Vanishes," Franck Dion, director (Papy3D Productions, National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France Cinema Department)
- "Inner Workings," Leo Matsuda, director, and Sean Lurie, producer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
- "Once upon a Line," Alicja Jasina, director (University of Southern California)
- "Pear Cider and Cigarettes," Robert Valley, director, and Cara Speller, producer (Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation)
- "Pearl," Patrick Osborne, director (Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures)
- "Piper," Alan Barillaro, director, and Marc Sondheimer, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)
- "Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers)," Marie-Christine Courtès, director, and Ludivine Berthouloux, art director (Vivement Lundi! and Novanima)
Watch a clip from "Blind Vaysha," a short film about a girl whose left eye only sees the past and her right, only the future:
"Borrowed Time" follows a sheriff who returns to the remains of an unforgettable accident. Here's a teaser:
"Happy End" is described as a black comedy about death — with a happy ending. Here's a clip:
For "The Head Vanishes," viewers are taken into the fragile mind of a woman living with dementia. Here is the trailer:
"Inner Workings," from Walt Disney Animation Studios, debuted in front of the studios' animated feature "Moana." Here's a clip:
"Once upon a Line" was the Gold Medal winner in the animated category by USC student Alicja Jasina at this year's Student Academy Awards, which qualified the short for this category. The short 7-minute short follows a man who falls in love. Here's the trailer:
"Pear Cider and Cigarettes" is a 32-minute short based on a true story about a friend of the filmmaker that takes place over the course of 25 years. Watch the trailer:
"Pearl" is a 360 degree Google Spotlight video from Patrick Osborne, the Oscar-winning director of Animated Short "Feast." Watch the full video:
"Piper," from Pixar Animation Studios, played in theaters before "Finding Dory." Watch a clip:
In the final film on the list, "Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers)," a woman dances and performs rituals to tribute her family and heritage.
With new rules for the Animated Short and Live Action Short categories approved last June, the number of nominees is now set at five (formerly three to five).
Also, members now vote for nominations from the shortlist in the order of their preference for no more than five shorts in each category.
"The five pictures receiving the highest number of votes in each category shall become the nominations for final voting for the Short Film awards," according to the revised Academy rule.
Gone is previous references to the "10-to-6 point system" and "films receiving an average score of 7.5 or more shall be eligible for nomination." However, that system is still in place to determine the shortlist.
We are two months away from the 89th Academy Awards nominations announcement on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017.
The 89th Academy Awards, for outstanding film achievements of 2016, will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries worldwide.