BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 85th Academy Awards®. Fifty-six pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films)
  • “Combustible,” Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.)
  • “Dripped,” Léo Verrier, director (ChezEddy)
  • “The Eagleman Stag,” Mikey Please, director, and Benedict Please, music scores and sound design (Royal College of Art)
  • “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Raul Garcia, director, and Stephan Roelants, producer (Melusine Productions, R&R Communications Inc., Les Armateurs, The Big Farm)
  • “Fresh Guacamole,” PES, director (PES)
  • “Head over Heels,” Timothy Reckart, director, and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, producer (National Film and Television School)
  • “Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”,” David Silverman, director (Gracie Films)
  • “Paperman,” John Kahrs, director (Disney Animation Studios)
  • “Tram,” Michaela Pavlátová, director, and Ron Dyens, producer (Sacrebleu Productions)

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in New York and Los Angeles.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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  • Nick K.

    I hope the Maggie Simpson short gets in as a consolation for not nominating “The Simpsons Movie” for Best Animated Feature five years ago.

  • Wellington

    Everyone is saying that “Paperman” from Disney is going to be the winner. Well, how can I go against it? It’s Disney for God’s sake! 🙂

  • Geremy

    I’m hoping that The Eagleman Stag and Head Over Heels get in. Sure, they’re not the most advanced in terms of animation, but they have the most compelling stories and use the animated medium to tell them in a more honest way than they could have had they used live-action.

  • Pat

    Fresh Guacamole? Are you kidding? (The Maker and Kali got hosed!)

  • Well, it doesn’t help that Disney as an animation studio hasn’t won in this category since “It’s Tough to Be a Bird” in 1969. “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too”, “Mickey’s Christmas Carol”, “Runaway Brain”, “Redux Riding Hood”, “Destino”, “Lorenzo”, and “The Little Matchgirl” all fell short. So yeah, it’s going to be a pretty big deal if “Paperman” wins.

    Anyways, yeah there may have been good films that got robbed, but I don’t really have any qualms with this list. The five that I’ve seen were all quite good, and the five that I haven’t seen piqued my interest. I’m really looking forward to January 10.

  • Zach M.

    As a stop-motion animator, and someone who has been a fan of PES for years now, I really hope that Fresh Guacamole makes the shortlist.

  • Jesus Alonso

    Oscar winner Katsuhiro Otomo would arrive with 20 years delay… “Akira” for those, disoriented. Otomo for the win, PLEASE.

  • Jesus Alonso

    By the way, a friend of mine is pre-selected at Live Action for this one…–jc

    “8” by Raul Cerezo. Quite good.

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