Simpsons Short Makes Academy List

The Academy Awards yesterday announced the list of Animated Short Films that will compete for a nomination. Included are the annual Disney entry, Paperman, and work from a handful of film schools around the world, such as Head over Heels (National Film and Television School).

Also in the mix is Gracie Films’ Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”. This marks the second time a Simpsons flick has been made eligible for the Oscars, with the first being The Simpsons Movie in 2007. That film failed to get a nomination, and the FOX show went on to spoof the Awards a few years later.

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 December.

Here’s the full list:

“Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee, director (Lodge Films)
“Combustible,” Katsuhiro Otomo, director (Sunrise Inc.)
“Dripped,” Léo Verrier, director (ChezEddy)
“The Eagleman Stag,” Mikey Please, director, and Benedict Please, music scores and sound design (Royal College of Art)
“The Fall of the House of Usher,” Raul Garcia, director, and Stephan Roelants, producer (Melusine Productions, R&R Communications Inc., Les Armateurs, The Big Farm)
“Fresh Guacamole,” PES, director (PES)
“Head over Heels,” Timothy Reckart, director, and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, producer (National Film and Television School)
“Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”,” David Silverman, director (Gracie Films)
“Paperman,” John Kahrs, director (Disney Animation Studios)
“Tram,” Michaela Pavlátová, director, and Ron Dyens, producer (Sacrebleu Productions)

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