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Oscars 2019: Best Animated Short

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The shortlist (with the ones I have seen in bold):

  • “Age of Sail”
  • “Animal Behaviour”
  • “Bao”
  • “Bilby”
  • “Bird Karma”
  • “Late Afternoon”
  • “Lost & Found”
  • “One Small Step”
  • “Pépé le Morse”
  • “Weekends”

Three of these films were nominated for the Annie Award: Lost & Found, Weekends and Pepe le Morse (aka Grandpa Walrus).

Lost & Found can be watched in its entirety here.

Here are embeddable versions of a few other contenders:

And here are trailers and clips for the others:

The nominees will be announced January 22.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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Oscar Shortlist For Animated Shorts Snubbed Most Of 2018’s Best Shorts
The list offers plenty of films that are entertaining and cute, but it’s a weak reflection of the state of contemporary animation short-form filmmaking. Cartoon Brew recently polled ten industry-recognized short film experts (film programmers, critics, journalists, festival artistic directors) about the best films among the Academy’s group of qualified shorts, and there’s a wide gulf between what the short film community views as meritable animation and what Academy voters selected for this shortlist.
None of the top three films selected by our group of experts — La chute by Boris Labbé, Solar Walk by Réka Bucsi, Bloeistraat 11 by Nienke Deutz — appear on the Academy’s shortlist. Among the top six films selected by our experts, just one — Weekends by Trevor Jimenez — made the cut.
Another fascinating stat: six of the ten films on the Academy’s shortlist were not selected even once by any of our 10 experts. Of those six films, five of them — Age of Sail, Bao, Bird Karma, Bilby, One Small Step — were made by California corporations or crews that have strong California industry connections. One cannot discount the role that being a member of the California animation industry plays during the Academy Awards voting process.
And for anyone who wants to claim that our panel of experts is wrong, here’s another stat: Of the four films that were made by California corporations — Age of Sail, Bao, Bilby, Bird Karma — none of them won an award at a qualifying Academy festival, which is the traditional route by which a film is considered for the category. All four of those films qualified through public paid exhibition in L.A. county, bypassing the need for any critical recognition from the global animation community. The other shortlisted films in the category all qualified by winning festival awards. . . .
Cartoon Brew, December 17

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Apparently Pixar only intended for Bao to be on YouTube for one week, so it's offline now.

But DreamWorks has now posted its two shorts -- Bilby and Bird Karma -- for a limited time, so you can watch *those*, now:

Late Afternoon and Lost & Found are now on YouTube, too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BULal1RpwP4

So I've now seen nine of the ten shortlisted films. The only one I haven't seen yet is Weekends.

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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And now Weekends is online! So with this, I have now seen all ten of the shortlisted films. (Of those ten films, nine are currently online or, in the case of Pixar's Bao, *were* online for a brief period of time. The only one that has never been online, to my knowledge, is Animal Behaviour -- but I saw that one during the Vancouver film festival.)

Incidentally, between Bao and Weekends, it would appear that *two* of the ten shortlisted films this year are Pixar-employee-created stories about Asian families (or at any rate, Asian parent-child relationships) in Toronto.

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