The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 semi-finalists in the animated short film category of the 2010 Academy Awards. Thirty-seven entries had originally qualified in the category. They are:
The Cat Piano, Eddie White and Ari Gibson, directors (The People’s Republic of Animation)
French Roast, Fabrice O. Joubert, director (Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films)
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty, Nicky Phelan, director, and Darragh O’Connell, producer (Brown Bag Films)
The Kinematograph, Tomek Baginski, director-producer (Platige Image)
The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte), Javier Recio Gracia, director (Kandor Graphics and Green Moon)
Logorama, Nicolas Schmerkin, producer (Autour de Minuit)
A Matter of Loaf and Death, Nick Park, director (Aardman Animations Ltd.)
Partly Cloudy, Peter Sohn, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
Runaway, Cordell Barker, director (National Film Board of Canada)
Variete, Roelof van den Bergh, director (il Luster Productions)
Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco in January 2010.
The 2010 Academy Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the US, it’ll be televised live by ABC.