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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Short

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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Short
Ten short films are shortlisted by the Academy’s Animations and Shorts branch to vie for the final five nominations for Best Animated Short Film. The shortlist includes Pixar’s “Lou,” written and directed by Dave Mullins. The short premiered at SXSW earlier this year and was shown in theaters ahead of “Cars 3.”

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Here are the shortlisted animated shorts; no one will be deemed a frontrunner until I have seen it.

Frontrunner:

Lou

Director: Dave Mullins (Pixar Animation Studios)

Contenders:

“Cradle”

Director: Devon Manney(University of Southern California)

Dear Basketball

Director: Glen Keane (Glen Keane Productions)

Fox and the Whale

Director: Robin Joseph (Robin Joseph)

Garden Party

Director: Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon (Mopa)

In a Heartbeat

Director: Esteban Bravo and Beth David (Ringling College of Art and Design)

Life Smartphone

Director: Chenglin Xie (China Central Academy of Fine Arts)

Lost Property Office
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Oscars 2018: Academy Reveals the 10 Short Films in Contention

Oscars 2018: Academy Reveals the 10 Short Films in Contention
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 short films that have been selected to advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. The 10 short films are vying for a nomination for Best Short Film. The shortlist includes the Pixar film “Lou,” written and directed by Dave Mullins. The short premiered at SXSW earlier this year and was shown in theaters ahead of “Cars 3.”

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One of the year’s highest profile short films is Don Hertzfeldt’s “World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts,” but it was left off the shortlist. IndieWire gave Hertzfeldt’s sequel an A+ review and the film already had a theatrical qualifying run. Hertzfeldt has been nominated for the Best Short Film Oscar twice: “Rejected” in 2000 and “World of Tomorrow” in 2016.

The 10 qualifying short films are listed
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Film Academy Announces 10 Animated Shorts Advancing in Oscar Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 animated short films that will advance in the voting process for the 90th annual Academy Awards.

Sixty-three films qualified for consideration. Members of the short films and feature animation branch will select five nominees from the shortlist following branch screenings in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco.

The five nominees will be announced alongside all other Oscar nominees on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4.

Last year’s winner in the category was Pixar’s “Piper.”

The advancing animated short titles are:

“Cradle,” Devon Manney, director (University of Southern California)

Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, director, and Kobe Bryant, writer (Glen Keane Productions)

Fox and the Whale,” Robin Joseph, director (Robin Joseph)

Garden Party,” Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, directors (Mopa)

In a Heartbeat,” Esteban Bravo and Beth David, directors (Ringling College of Art and Design)

Life Smartphone,” [link
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Annecy: ‘Lu Over The Wall,’ ‘Loving Vincent’ Take Top Honors at Annecy Animation Festival

Annecy: ‘Lu Over The Wall,’ ‘Loving Vincent’ Take Top Honors at Annecy Animation Festival
French and Japanese animation left little room for anyone else, outside of Vincent Van Gogh, on the roll call of award-winning features at this year’s Annecy Animation Festival. Par for the course, the top honors at the festival highlighted strong films and filmmakers, though at least one of the fest’s most talked-about features left empty-handed.

Taking home Annecy’s top Cristal award for a feature was Japanese 2D movie “Lu Over the Wall.” Masaaki Yuasa’s was something of a surprise given the film’s relative low profile in Annecy compared to some other competition contenders. Animated feature turns on a middle-school student who meets a mermaid. It marks the first animated film based on an original story from Yuasa (“Ping Pong”).

The Jury Award for a feature film went to another Japanese film, “In This Corner of the World,” directed by Sunao Katabuchi. In her review of the film,
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Film Review: ‘The Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated’

Film Review: ‘The Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2014: Animated’
With the delightful exception of Disney’s jaunty, form-busting “Get a Horse!,” a mood of sweet melancholia prevails among this year’s typically fine Oscar nominees for animated short, the best of which offer a welcome draught of personal vision and emotional subtlety not always evident in their feature-length counterparts. Although these five distinctly accomplished offerings vary widely in tone, style, subject and inspiration, almost all of them have something touching to impart about the challenges of isolation and the consolations of friendship in unexpected places — whether it’s the unlikely bond between a man and his dog in the all-metal dystopian world of “Mr. Hublot,” or a kind-hearted witch who adopts one pet after another in “Room on the Broom.”

Certainly an infectious sense of team spirit informs director Lauren MacMullan’s “Get a Horse!,” the deliriously inventive Mickey Mouse cartoon that accompanied Disney’s Oscar-nominated smash “Frozen” in theaters.
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Shorts Are In The Air: Sundance Shorts Competition, Two German Oscar Nominees, and New Fest in La

Shorts are in the air. Sundance has a Shorts Competition and Lucy Walker’s 15 minute doc is in it, The Lions Mouth Opens. She did that great Brazilian doc Wasteland about the artist whose community organizing in the city dump created the greatest works of art coming out of Brazil and maybe the world, today.

Also worth mentioning at Sundance is Love, Love, Love by Indian film student, Sandhya Daisy Sundaram. A part of an omnibus for the upcoming feature Cinetrain, a Chris Marker inspired series of shorts (in this one she is exploring Russian female stereotypes) in which selected filmmakers go in winter on a train from Moscow to the Far, Far East and get off at the towns between to pursue their theme, reboarding the train where they must edit the film in one month's time. Love, Love, Love's director Sandhya and I discussed women in Russia, in India and in the world at length and I highly recommend watching her film. Here is the entire Shorts Film Program of Sundance 2014.

Withoutabox just mentioned the Zero Film Festival for shorts, including student shorts. And it’s local, that is, it’s in L.A. I’d advise all my students at Woodbury and any other ones reading this, to submit and hang out and begin networking there as Ground Zero.

I am amazed at the numbers of shorts…it is a trend worth watching because frankly, the American indies are getting pretty boring. And we Americans have Really Short Attention Spans, so I think shorts is what we need. Thank you YouTube, on which btw, I saw the sweetest video this morning at the gym about cows who were released from bondage and go bounding in happiness, like little lambs or happy dogs, they go Bounding through the Green Fields of Freedom and you know how good they feel!

Here follows an article about the two German shorts which have received an Oscar Nomination:

Max Lang and Jan Lachauer have been nominated for an Oscar® in the category of Best Animated Short. They received the nomination for the British short film production Room On The Broom. This was announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Max Lang and Jan Lachauer are both graduates of the German Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. Max Lang had previously been nominated along with Jakob Schuh in 2011 for an Oscar® in the category of Best Animated Short for the British-German co-production The Gruffalo . Room On The Broom, produced by the UK-based Magic Light Pictures, was shot in the workshops of Studio Soi in Ludwigsburg, Germany. In 2013, the film won a BAFTA in the Children’s Animation category.

The 86th Oscar® awards ceremony takes place on the 2nd of March 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

On German Films:

German Films Service + Marketing is the national information and advisory centre for the international distribution of German films. The aim of German Films' activities is to raise the level of awareness for German cinema abroad via information services, lobbying, PR and marketing measures and to make it visible in the international media arena

Website: www.german-films.de

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/German-Films

Twitter: https://twitter.com/German_Films
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DVD Review: Oscar Nominee ‘The Gruffalo’ Generically Adapts Beloved Book

Chicago – It doesn’t take a child psychologist to figure out why British author Julia Donaldson’s 1999 book “The Gruffalo” has become a hit with families around the globe. It gives parents ample opportunities to portray various animal voices, while kids can take part in reciting the multiple catchy refrains. Best of all, Donaldson centers her tale on a tiny hero who uses his brains to outwit hulking predators.

Clocking in at a slim 25 minutes, Max Lang and Jakob Schuh’s Oscar-nominated animated adaptation has been hailed in some quarters as a family classic. I don’t think the film is nearly substantial enough to deserve such acclaim, though that’s not because of its limited running time. Several short films left an enduring mark on my childhood. I’ll always cherish the artistic exuberance of Stephan Martinière’s “Madeline,” the Broadway-worthy songs of Michael Sporn’s “Lyle Lyle the Crocodile,
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83rd Academy Awards: Inception Wins Four Oscars, Alice Takes Art Direction and Costume Design, Wolfman For Makeup

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Did the Oscars surprise anyone? Sci-Fi fans, we are of course still sore over Christopher Nolan’s snub for Best Director, but Inception still was recognized with four Oscars. Genre highlights from the 83rd Academy Awards also include Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland sweeping away the two coveted design awards in Art Direction and Costume Design and The Wolfman won for Best Makeup. Pixar‘s Toy Story 3 took home Best Animated Film and Best Song.

This Sunday’s broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards on ABC attempted to reach out to a “younger crowd” with its choice of hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, but the live broadcast dropped 9% in overall ratings compared to last year’s broadcast and down 12% in the 18-49 adult demographic. Still, the show entertained 37.6 million viewers with a show full of exposition to educate new viewers about the history of past Oscar winners.

Check
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83rd Academy Awards Winners

The King’S Speech was king of all he surveyed on Sunday evening at the 83rd Academy Awards. James Franco, Oscar®-nominee for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Anne Hathaway hosted the Oscars® broadcast by the ABC Television Network from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

Going in to the evening with 12 nominations, The King’S Speech came away with four Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth), and Best Original Screenplay (Michael Seidler). Inception also collected four Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. The Facebook drama, The Social Network, won 3 Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay (David Sorkin), Best Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) and Best Editing.

Actor in a Leading Role Javier Bardem in .Biutiful. Jeff Bridges in .True Grit. Jesse Eisenberg in .The Social Network. Colin Firth in .The King’s Speech
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The winners of the 83rd Academy Awards

If you missed the broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards, or you can't remember who won what, here is a list of all the winners in their categories. The King's Speech and Inception both tied for the most Oscars won, which was four statues each. However, whereas Inception took home awards for technical categories (Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound and Best Cinematography), The King's Speech won three of the top four categories (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay).

Best Picture:

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers The Fighter (Paramount Pictures), David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers Inception (Warner Bros. Pictures), Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers The King's Speech (The Weinstein Company), Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin,
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The King’s Speech Crowned at the 2011 Academy Awards

Well I certainly don't think 2011 will go down as one of the more memorable years in Oscar history; not only were the winners fairly predictable, but the ceremony itself seemed dull and uninspired. Despite an attempt to add a "youthful edge" to the Oscars this year, it was almost completely lacking in comedy, excitement or entertainment. Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway seemed to be dreadfully unprepared and lacking material, leaving Franco to put up a facade of aloof detachment while Hathaway simply attempted to win everyone over with cuteness. The King's Speech went on to secure most of the major awards including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Original Screenplay, reinforcing the stuffy British Oscar stereotype. For the second time David Fincher was denied Best Director, but The Social Network did end up getting awards for Film Editing, Original Score and Adapted Screenplay. Natalie Portman still managed to snag Best Actress for Black Swan,
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Is Tarnish Dulling Oscar's Lustre?

Hollywood's biggest night of the year has come and gone, and it seems many could care less. Last night's 83rd Annual Academy Awards show wasn't as dreadful as many critics have charged, but it wasn't lustrous, either — not the way it has been in decades past — leading many to wonder if the ceremony is: a) losing its relevance; b) compromised by the down economy; c) an indicator of the changing state of both the film and broadcast industry.

The turn of the 21st century has seen the celebrated awards show take a hit. Changes over the past decade seem to have aversely affected the program, including shifting the broadcast from Monday at 9pm to Sunday at 8:30pm in 1999. During the TV writers strike in 2008, just over 32M viewers watched the Oscars, the least viewed ever.

This year the Academy Awards show fell to an 11.7 adults 18-49 rating, down 12% vs.
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Winners for the 83rd Academy Awards

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Javier Bardem in "Biutiful" (Roadside Attractions) Jeff Bridges in "True Grit" (Paramount) Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network" (Sony Pictures Releasing) Colin Firth in "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company) James Franco in "127 Hours" (Fox Searchlight) Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Christian Bale in "The Fighter" (Paramount) John Hawkes in "Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions) Jeremy Renner in "The Town" (Warner Bros.) Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features) Geoffrey Rush in "The King’s Speech" (The Weinstein Company) Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right" (Focus Features) Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole" (Lionsgate) Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter’s Bone" (Roadside Attractions) Natalie Portman in "Black Swan" (Fox Searchlight) Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine" (The Weinstein Company) Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Amy Adams
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"The King's Speech" Triumphant! Film Tops 83rd Academy Awards! Check Out Complete List of Winners and Nominees!

Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" lorded over the festivities at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The film, nominated for 12 Oscars, won 4 including Best Picture, Director for Tom Hooper, Actor for King Colin Firth, and Original Screenplay for David Seidler.

David Fincher's "The Social Network" took home 3 awards including Best Film Editing, Original Score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.

(For my minute-by-minute look at the 2011 Oscars, please click here, trust me, it's fun!)

As expected, Natalie Portman took home Oscar gold for her performance as a delusional ballerina in "Black Swan." "The Fighter" yielded the Best Supporting performances of the year with Christian Bale winning Best Supporting Actor and Melissa Leo taking home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Christopher Nolan's "Inception" took home most of the technical categories including Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Cinematography for Wally Pfister.
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Oscars 2011: The winners list

Oscars 2011: The winners list
The night has finally arrived — Oscars. So will Christian Bale finally take home gold? Will The King’s Speech live up to the massive expectations? All are revealed here and now.

The 83rd Academy Awards winners (refresh the page for real-time updates):

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Christian Bale, The Fighter

John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

Jeremy Renner, The Town

Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

Best Foreign Language Film

Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) (Algeria)

Incendies (Canada)

Winner: In a Better World (Denmark)

Dogtooth (Greece)

Biutiful (Mexico)

Best Original Screenplay

Another Year,
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The 2011 Oscars – Winners Updated Live

It’s Oscar time as the 83rd Academy Awards are about to start in Los Angeles and though the whispers on the wind blowing through Hollywood are telling us that these are the most easily predicted Oscars in years I’m still holding out for one or two surprises.

Our man Ian Gilchrist offered his views on the big awards and whatever happens in the event the world and his dog will be liveblogging and twitter is almost certain to groan worryingly under the weight of the #oscar discussion, we’ll be doing our bit and updating this page with the winners as they are announced, but why not join in the fun and head on out to Twittersville and follow along with @heyuguysblog. Seriously, those cool kids? It’s where they are.

So, while the red carpet is cleansed of paparazzi and our attention is drawn inside, keep your
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2011 Academy Award Winners

After what seems like an eternity, the Oscar race is finally coming to an end. The 2011 Academy Awards are presented tonight on ABC starting at 8Pm Est and hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. We will update the winners live below, bumping up the latest wins to the top of the page. For more commentary follow us on Twitter: @TheFilmStage.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids are All Right

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

127 Hours

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem (Biutiful)

Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)

James Franco (127 Hours)

Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening (The Kids are All Right)

Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)

Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)

Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Michelle Williams
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83rd Annual Academy Award Winners [Live-Blog]

83rd Annual Academy Award Winners [Live-Blog]
Football has the Super Bowl, baseball has the World Series, soccer has the World Cup and movies have the Academy Awards. Each year, Hollywood's schedule more or less culminates with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handing out Oscars for the year's best films and Sunday, for the 83rd straight time, it happened again. Hosts James Franco [1] and Anne Hathaway [2] helped some of the most famous actors and actresses [3] in the world hand out the hardware for the best of 2010. Leading the pack with twelve total nominations [4] was The King's Speech, followed by True Grit with ten, Inception and The Social Network with eight, The Fighter with seven, 127 Hours with six, Black Swan and Toy Story 3 with five and The Kids Are all Right and Winter's Bone with four. And those just so happen to be the 10 films nominated for Best Picture. Did your favorite film take home an Oscar?
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Reposting: My Complete, Fearless 2011 Oscar Predictions! Then Come Back Here and Join My Oscar Minute-by-Minute Blogfest!

It's hard to predict the winners of this year's Oscars because there is no clear-cut favorite. Last year, Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" started strong during awards season and maintained its dominance all the way to its Oscar best picture victory. This year, David Fincher's "The Social Network" triumphed in the beginning but the Oscar buzz surrounding the movie is slowly fading away.

But I still have my favorites and I will attempt to handicap the Oscars. Here are my predictions of who should take home Oscar gold at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

Best Picture

.Black Swan. Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers

.The Fighter. David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers

.Inception. Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

.The Kids Are All Right. Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers

.The King's Speech. Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

.127 Hours. Christian Colson,
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Oscars 2011 Winners List

'King's Speech' rules the night, with 'The Fighter' and 'The Social Network' also winning big.

By Eric Ditzian

Colin Firth in "The King's Speech"

Photo: Weinstein Company

Here's the full list of winners and nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards.

Best Picture

Winner: "The King's Speech"

"Black Swan"

"The Fighter"

"Inception"

"The Kids Are All Right"

"127 Hours"

"The Social Network"

"Toy Story 3"

"True Grit"

"Winter's Bone"

Check out backstage photos of the big Oscar winners.

Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Colin Firth in "The King's Speech"

Javier Bardem in "Biutiful"

Jeff Bridges in "True Grit"

Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network"

James Franco in "127 Hours"

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner: Christian Bale in "The Fighter"

John Hawkes in "Winter's Bone"

Jeremy Renner in "The Town"

Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right"

Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech"

Actress in a Leading Role

Winner: Natalie Portman in
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