Thursday, October 13, 2011

84th Oscar Animated Short Updates (2011-2012 Awards Season) (10/13/11)

It’s been ten days since animated short directors had to turn in their paperwork to the academy. That means that all of the films in this category have already been seen (not by me, mind you, but by someone). So it feels like time for another update.

Here are today’s rankings for the 84th Oscar Animated Short race (2011-2012 awards season), with previous ranking shown in parenthesis after each entry. The top 2/3 of this list are juried film festival winners or have been confirmed to have made a qualifying run, although I am not certain whether all of them comply with the Academy’s motion capture rules. Additionally, most other websites that talk about this race are predicting La Luna, but it looks to me like Pixar is saving that one for next year.

1. William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg for The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore (Predicted Winner) (previous rank 1)
2. David O’Reilly for The External World (previous rank 2)
3. Michael Please for The Eagleman Stag (previous rank 3)
4. Stevie Werners for The Ballad Of Nessie (previous rank 5)
5. Johannes Welland and Uwe Heidschoetter for The Little Boy And The Beast (Der Keline Und Das Biest) (previous rank 7)

6. Patrick Jean for Pixels (previous rank 6)
7. Pedro Rivero for Birdboy (previous rank 12)
8. Perry Chen for Ingrid Pitt: Beyond The Forest (New)
9. Alister Lockhart and Patrick Sarell for Nullarbor (previous rank 13)
10. Hendrick Dusollier for Babel (previous rank 11)
11. Gary Rydstrom for Hawaiian Vacation (previous rank 10)
12. Jean-Claude Rozec for Specky Four Eyes (previous rank 8)
13. Kirsten Lepore for Bottle (previous rank 9)
14. Dean Fleischer-Camp for Marcel The Shell With Shoes On (previous rank 27)
15. Kamil Polak for The Lost Town Of Switez (previous rank 14)
16. Jose Miguel Ribeiro for A Journey To Cape Verde (Viagem A Cabo Verde) (New)
17. Bernardo Warman and Shaofu Zhang for Dragonboy (previous rank 15)
18. Zach Hyer for Correspondence (previous rank 16)
19. Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay for Maska (previous rank 17)
20 Blu for Big Bang Big Boom (previous rank 18)
21. Nicolas Matji for La Bruxa (previous rank 19)
22. Kei Oyama for Hand Soap (previous rank 20)
23. Izabela Plucinska for Esterhazy (previous rank 21)
24. Jason Carpenter for The Renter (previous rank 22)
25. Iain Gardner for The Tannery (previous rank 25)

26. Wendy Chandler and Susan Danta for Heirlooms (New)
27. David Chai for Enrique Wrecks The World (previous rank 24)
28. Beatriz Herrera for Ponkina (New)
29. Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata for Something Left, Something Taken (previous rank 23)
30. Stephen Irwin for Moxie (New)
31. Damian Nenow for Paths Of Hate (New)
32. Paul Emile Boucher for Pixels (New)
33. Eyes On The Step (previous rank 47)
34. Kwesi Davis for Take Too Long (New)
35. Simon Cahn and Spike Jonze for To Die Near You (Mouir Aupres De Toi) (previous rank 31)
36. Stefan Leuchtenberg and Martin Wallner for The Lost And Found Box Of Human Sensation (New)
37. Steve Nguyen and Daisuke Suzuki for Hibakusha (New)
38. Jurgis Krasons for Norit Krupi (To Swallow A Toad) (previous rank 26)
39. Nandita Jain for Kahanikar (The Storyteller) (previous rank 29)
40. Mike Rauch and Tim Rauch for Danny & Annie (previous rank 28)
41. Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis for Defective Detective (previous rank 32)
42. Kibwe Tavares for Robots of Brixton (New)
43. Emma Magenta for The Gradual Demise Of Phillipa Finch (previous rank 30)
44. Kelly Wilson for The Snowman (previous rank 33)
45. Juan Pablo Zaramella for Luminaris (previous rank 34)
46. Christopher Jarvis for The Birds Upstairs (previous rank 35)
47. Tak Hoon Kim for A Purpleman (previous rank 36)
48. Jaime Chapin for Frames (previous rank 37)
49. Thor Ochsner for 1989 (When I Was 5 Years Old) (previous rank 38)
50. Martin Sen for New Digs (previous rank 39)

As always, check the Tracker Pages in the upper right hand corner of this blog for the most updated predictions in all categories!
See Animated Short predictions for other years HERE.
If you’re into animation, you might also like the Animated Features.
If you’re really into shorts, check out the Documentary Shorts and Live Action Shorts.
See predictions for other categories at the 84th Oscars HERE.
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  1. If i were an Acadmey member, i would definitely vote for "The Backwater Gospel":

  2. Thanks for this tip. I hadn't heard about this one yet, and quite enjoyed it. Do we know if it received a qualifying run before it went on youtube?

  3. Thanks for the heads up on that. I went to the site and took a look at the Vimeo version looks like it is in HD, very nice indeed. I love the hues every frame looks like a piece of art. I also enjoyed how they used the grey in the film

  4. It certainly is a great color scheme!

  5. Really liked The Tannery; Something Left, Something Taken; and Danny & Annie! Hope all/one of those make the cut!

  6. Thanks Pat! Did you see them at a film festival near you?