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Oscar Animated Shorts Preview

News / November 22, 2009

The final 10 animations in the running for the upcoming Oscar nominations have officially been announced. Check out the previews of each film below. Which do you think deserves to win?

The Cat Piano—Eddie White and Ari Gibson

French Roast—Fabrice O. Joubert

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty—Nicky Phelan

The Kinematograph—Tomek Baginski

The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)—Javier Recio Gracia

Logorama—Nicolas Schmerkin


Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death—Nick Park (Aardman Animations)

Partly Cloudy—Peter Sohn (Pixar)

Runaway—Cordell Barker

Variete—Roelof van den Bergh

via The Wrap

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  • Jason Sondhi

    Only seen 4 of these: The Cat’s Piano, French Roast, Loaf and Death and the Pixar one. The Kinematograph looks sweet though, and Motionographer has been buzzing about Logorama.

    Of what I’ve seen, I’d give it to The Cat’s Piano, or maybe Wallace and Grommit. As a betting man though I’d probably go for Cordell Barker with Runaway—secluded genius, makes three films in twenty years, revered by fellow animators, a previous nominee but not a winner, took home the top prize at Annecy this year. Seems like a good formula for a win this time out.

  • El Vez

    Be good if something with a bit of originality won this year – The Cat’s Piano or Logorama for example.

  • Ian Lumsden

    Like Jason I have only seen four films in full. Too early then for me to place my bets but I totally agreed with the verdict last year – “La Maison en Petit Cubes” from Kunio Kato. Thanks for the links Andrew.

  • Andrew S Allen

    My favorites would be: The Cat’s Piano, Logorama, and Runaway. Of course, I haven’t seen the full films of the last two. Kinematograph looks interesting, and did enjoy Partly Cloudy.

  • James

    Runaway looks like it could, er, run away with it. The film looks stunning on the Blu-ray collection Animation Express from Canada’s National Film Board. It’s included with 36 others, including previous Oscar winners Ryan and The Danish Poet, and nominee Madame Tutli-Putli.

  • Dilip Kumar

    Logorama is Pretty interesting. Sleeping beauty is also nice. The quality of all animations is very good.

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