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Animated Shorts – A Flurry of Creativity

Animated Shorts – A Flurry of Creativity

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The five animated shorts are all worth buying a ticket to see.  They will be hitting theaters soon. You can find out where and more about all of the shorts on their site.  So far, I’ve made it through four of the five animated films and am half-way through the live action.  The shorts, like the documentaries, are usually better than the nominated films in the feature category – except…

Academy announces new Oscar ballot shakeup

Academy announces new Oscar ballot shakeup

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Word went out to Academy members today about a big change in ballot procedure for three categories. Until now, members who wanted to vote for Best Documentary Feature, Live Action Short or Animated Short would need to trek to designated screening locations where they got their hands stamped as certified proof that they’d seen all the nominated films before voting. (Not 100% sure about about the hand stamp part, but…

10 Animated Shorts Move Ahead the Oscar Race

10 Animated Shorts Move Ahead the Oscar Race

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The Academy has named the 10 animated short films that will advance in the voting process for the Oscars. Forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films moving on to next stage are listed after the cut:

Watch clips of Oscar's Best Animated Shorts

Watch clips of Oscar's Best Animated Shorts

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Best Animated ShortMarket Research Check out these preview clips for the 5 Oscar nominees for Best Animated Shorts after the cut. Vote for your favorite above. Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures are releasing the three categories theatrically on Feb 11. (Separate admissions.) They’ll all be available Feb 22 on iTunes and VOD.

Shortlist for Best Animated Shorts

Shortlist for Best Animated Shorts

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From 33 titles, AMPAS has narrowed the list down to 10 films that will advance in the voting process for Best Animated Short. (thanks Kevin K.) ‚ÄúThe Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,‚Äù Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio) ‚ÄúCoyote Falls,‚Äù Matthew O‚ÄôCallaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.) ‚ÄúDay & Night,‚Äù Teddy Newton, director (Pixar Animation Studios) ‚ÄúThe Gruffalo,‚Äù Jakob Schuh and Max Lang,…

Oscar-nominated shorts in theatrical release

Oscar-nominated shorts in theatrical release

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Via press release: SHORTS INTERNATIONAL AND MAGNOLIA PICTURES PRESENT “THE OSCAR¬Æ NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2010″ LONDON, UK, 29th January 2010 ‚Äì Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures will once again bring the wildly popular Oscar¬Æ nominated short film programme (Live-Action and Animation) to theatres in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Oscar¬Æ Shorts program will open in theaters from February 19th, expanding to 100 cities in the following weeks….

Urs, short and simply gorgeous animation from Germany

Urs, short and simply gorgeous animation from Germany

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Chunky slabs of brute beauty in a heroic style and earthy palette that must surely have been influenced by the paintings of Thomas Hart Benton. Many years Urs looked after his aging mother. But now he sets out for a dangerous journey: He carries her up a mountain to find a better place for both of them. But his mother doesnt want to leave her home… “Urs” is a 10-minute…

Sebastian’s Voodoo

Sebastian’s Voodoo

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Nominated for an Annie this year in the Best Short category, Sebastian’s Voodoo might serve as animated allegory for how many of us feel in these last remaining hours before the the final pins are poked into some of our favorite films this year. This is also an segue into asking what other animated shorts any reader has seen this year that might be Oscar-nommed tomorrow morning. A reliable answer…