Disney’s “Inner Workings” and Pixar’s “Piper” are among the 10 films that have moved to the second round of voting in the Oscars race for Best Animated Short, the Academy announced on Wednesday.
Other shortlisted films include “Blind Vaysha” and “The Head Vanishes” from the National Film Board of Canada, which typically lands Oscar nominees.
The Student Academy Award winner “Once Upon a Line,” from USC student Alicja Jasina, also received a nomination.
The films, with their production companies:
“Blind Vaysha,” Theodore Ushev, director (National Film Board of Canada)
“Borrowed Time,” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, directors (Quorum Films)
“Happy End,” Jan Saska, director (FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)
“The Head Vanishes,” Franck Dion, director (Papy3D Productions, National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France Cinema Department)
“Inner Workings,” Leo Matsuda, director, and Sean Lurie, producer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
“Once upon a Line,” Alicja Jasina, director (University of Southern California)
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” Robert Valley, director, and Cara Speller, producer (Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation)
“Pearl,” Patrick Osborne, director (Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures)
“Piper,” Alan Barillaro, director, and Marc Sondheimer, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)
“Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers),” Marie-Christine Courtès, director, and Ludivine Berthouloux, art director (Vivement Lundi! and Novanima)
Disney or Pixar has now been nominated in the category for the last seven years in a row, and has won twice in that time. The companies have 16 nominations since 2000, and 63 overall – 50 for Disney, 13 for Pixar.
The shorts were chosen from a record field of 69 by volunteer committees from the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. All members of the branch can now view the 10 finalists at December screenings in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco. A second round of voting will choose the five nominees.
Academy Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and the Oscars will take place on Sunday, Feb. 26.