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We already know "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is hosting next year's Academy Awards ceremony, and now comes news that Fox's other animated stalwart, "The Simpsons," is in the hunt for an Oscar nomination.

"The Simpsons" short film spinoff "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare,'" directed by David Silverman and written by "Simpsons" executive producers Matt Groening and James L. Brooks made the shortlist of 10 animated short films vying for five nomination slots.

"Longest Daycare" played in theaters before summer release "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and follows the littlest Simpson, Maggie, as she attempts to outwit her nemesis Baby Gerald at the Ayn Rand School for Tots.

It's unusual for animated short contenders to have received a wide theatrical release, but it's also the case for another of this year's contenders: Disney Animation Studios' "Paperman" which is currently playing in theaters before the Disney hit "Wreck-It Ralph" and could »

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