The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that out of the 44 animated short films submitted for Oscar consideration, ten have been shortlisted to be further considered for nominations in the category. Among the ten selected is La Luna from Pixar Animation Studios, the short that will play before Brave when it opens next year. Pixar Animation Studios has quietly arranged for the short to show this year enough to meet eligibility requirements, meaning an Oscar nomination — let alone a win — will become a valuable marketing tool for Brave in 2012.
Written and directed by Enrico Casarosa, La Luna is a charming story of a young boy named Bambino who is caught between his father and grandfather who see the world in completely different ways. On his first excursion at his family’s unusual occupation, Bambino soon learns to that it’s okay to choose his own path in life.
The other shorts being considered are:
Dimanche/Sunday, Patrick Doyon, director (National Film Board of Canada)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, directors (Moonbot Studios LA, LLC)
I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat, Matthew O’Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
- Luminaris, Juan Pablo Zaramella, director (JPZtudio)
- Magic Piano, Martin Clapp, director and Hugh Welchman, producer (BreakThru Films)
- A Morning Stroll, Grant Orchard, director and Sue Goffe, producer (Studio AKA)
- Paths of Hate, Damian Nenow, director (Platige Image)
- Specky Four-Eyes, Jean-Claude Rozec, director and Mathieu Courtois, producer (Vivement Lundi!)
- Wild Life, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, directors (National Film Board of Canada)
The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January 2012.
The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.