Two National Film Board of Canada animated shorts are moving ahead in the 2011 Oscar race.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the NFB’s Wild Life (above) and Dimanche/Sunday are among 10 animated short films on the Oscar short list.
It’s been 12 years since the last short by filmmakers Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, the directors of Wild Life. They won the Palme d’Or and were nominated for an Oscar with When the Day Breaks. Go here for info and clips on Wild Life, their short-listed Oscar possibility.
Patrick Doyon directed Dimanche/Sunday, a tale about an idle Sunday shown from a child’s eye view. While the family gathers at Grandma’s house, some of the boys sneak off to place a coin on the train tracks.
Forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category. The finalists will now advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards.
The competition includes the Warner Bros. animated “I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat” and “La Luna” from Pixar Animation Studios.
Also on the list is “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” (Moonbot Studios); “Luminaris” (JPZtudio); “Magic Piano” (BreakThru Films) “A Morning Stroll” (Studio AKA); “Paths of Hate” (Platige Image); and “Specky Four-Eyes” (Vivement Lundi!).
The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the short list. Nominees for the 2011 Oscars are expected Jan. 24 and the awards show is slated for Feb. 26.