The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that as part of Oscar week, a series of screenings and discussions will be taking place at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. The events will feature Oscar nominees in various categories and will be available for the public to attend.
Kicking off the series on February 22, 2011, is ‘Shorts!,’ honoring the nominees in the animated and live action categories which includes the Toy Story 3 lead-in, Night & Day, by Pixar Animation Studios’ Teddy Newton. The event will be hosted by legendary Hollywood personality Kenneth Branagh, a former nominee himself for the 1992 live action short, Swan Song. For more information, see here. Note that appearances by talent is not guaranteed, although The Pixar Blog has confirmed Teddy’s appearance.
On February 24, the 2010 Oscar nominees in the category of animated film will be honored. Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich (who has confirmed his appearance) will participate in the panel which is being hosted by animator and animation historian Tom Sito. Lee, along with fellow nominees, will present selected clips from their respective films and discuss the creative and development processes behind the nominated films. For more information, see here.
Tickets for all events are just $3 for Academy members or students and $5 for the public and will go on sale on February 1 at 9 am PST.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. Thirty-three pictures had originally qualified in the category.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:
- “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio)
- “Coyote Falls,” Matthew O’Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
- “Day & Night,” Teddy Newton, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
- “The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, directors (Magic Light Pictures)
- “Let’s Pollute,” Geefwee Boedoe, story-design-animation (Geefwee Boedoe)
- “The Lost Thing,” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann, directors (Passion Pictures Australia)
- “Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary),” Bastien Dubois, director (Sacrebleu Productions)
- “Sensology,” Michel Gagne, director-producer (GAGNE International LLC)
- “The Silence beneath the Bark,” Joanna Lurie, director (Lardux Films)
- “Urs,” Moritz Mayerhofer, director (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg)
The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in 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 January 2011.
The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, 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.
In the clip, the shorts’ creators attempt to explain just what it’s all about, but as a study aide, here’s the official synopsis: When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other’s unique qualities–and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world–the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.
On its official Facebook page, Disney/Pixar has announced the details for its animated short that will play before the theatrical release of Toy Story 3. Titled Day & Night, the synopsis for the short is as follows:
When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each other’s unique qualities–and come to realize that each of them offers a different window onto the same world — the friendship helps both to gain a new perspective.