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Academy Advances Ten Animated Shorts for Oscar Nominations Vote; Snubs Pixar's 'Lava' (Clips)

6 November 2014 2:30 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Short Films and Feature Animation Branch reviewing committee is advancing 10 animated short films to be voted on by the branch for Oscar nominations.  Fifty-eight pictures had originally qualified in the category. While Disney frontrunner "Feast," from Patrick Osborne, is on the shortlist, and Bill Plympton has two shorts in contention, shockingly, Pixar's "Lava" (James Ford) did not make the cut. What gives? The Academy confirms that it was eligible. It's delightful. This will mark an unusual year with no Pixar Oscar nominee, as they did not release a 2014 feature.  Also left off the list were fest favorites "Baths" (Tomek Ducki), "Me + Her" (Joseph Oxford), "Nieta" (Nicolas Villarreal) and "Padre" (Santiago Bou Grasso). The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “The Bigger »

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