No, I swear that I'm not dead. I've just been busy with moving and starting a new residency and basically ignoring the Best Animated Short race. (I haven't even reviewed the animated documentary for a Best Documentary Short Film Oscar from last year.) But now comes the time where there is no more procrastinating. The Academy has selected their qualifying films, and they've screened these films for members of the Short Films and Animation branch. According to Cartoon Brew, 70 films have qualified for the Oscar this year. Sadly they don't have a list of all 70, but they do have a list of the top contenders, of which I'll showcase here. You know, instead of on Cartoon Brew.