Oscar narrows animated shorts list

Academy selects 10, will shrink again in December

Having trimmed from the original 56 animated shorts that qualified, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has unveiled the shortlist of 10 pics that will vie for an Oscar.

The films advanced are director Minkyu Li’s “Adam and Dog” (Lodge Films), Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Combustible” (Sunrise), Leo Verrier’s “Dripped” (ChezEddy), Mikey Please’s “The Eagleman Stag” (Royal College of Art), Raul Garcia’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” (Melusine Prods./R&R Communications/Les Armateurs/The Big Farm), Pes’ “Fresh Guacamole” (PES), Timothy Reckhart’s “Head Over Heels” (National Film and Television School), David Silverman’s “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'” (Gracie Films), John Kahrs’ “Paperman” (Disney Animation) and Michaela Pavlatova’s “Tram” (Sacrebleu Prods.).

The list of 10 will be whittled to three, four or five by the short films and feature animation branch members. Screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in December.

Oscar noms are announced Jan. 10. Ceremony takes place Feb. 24 in Hollywood.