Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Best Animated Short 2017 - The Nominees

Well, today's the big day: the Oscar Nominations! Five new films are going to join the illustrious list that includes legendary films such as The Jaywalker, Small Talk, and A Greek Tragedy. Well, since the announcement happened three hours earlier, I'm sure you know what they are, but here it is again:

Dear Basketball

Garden Party


Negative Space

Revolting Rhymes

I haven't seen all of the films (namely Garden Party and Negative Space, which were posted online for a week back in December) so I won't be commenting on each of them. Here are some general observations.

One of the thing that struck me most was that Kobe Bryant received a nomination for Dear Basketball as a producer. It was based off of his poem and he did scrap up the money to hire Glen Keane and John Williams I suppose. He is, of course, the first former professional athlete to receive a nomination in this category. Lou is Pixar's 15th nomination in the Best Animated Short category. They won for Piper last year which ended 15 years of futility. Revolting Rhymes is the third nomination for Magic Light Productions since they were first nominated for The Gruffalo back in 2010.

As far as snubs go, In a Heartbeat was a popular film and one that most analysts felt would get a nomination. However, I suppose the subject matter was a bit too much for the conservative Academy and they left it off.

I've been somewhat detached from the Oscar race this year, and I hadn't even seen the Best Picture front-runner The Shape of Water yet. I don't even care that The Boss Baby and Ferdinand were nominated for Best Animated Feature even though they looked terrible and didn't get much better reviews. I suppose I am happy that Margot Robbie got an Oscar nomination for I, Tonya. There's no way she's going to win, though.

Anyways, that's all I have for now. I guess I'll go back to working on my Adrian Beltre's 3,000th Hit series.


  1. Probably the fact that IAH was posted online might've hurt it's chances as opposed to "traditional" theatrical distribution

  2. I found 'a few places' with Revolting Rhymes to check out, but that's about it. I know there's already people petitioning the Academy to remove Dear Basketball from the running.

    1. Understandable, but it would rob Keane's first Oscar nod

  3. Revolting Rhymes is a nominee I've seen so that wouldn't do me much good. And the Academy has rescinded nominations before (see Canary Row, Alone Yet Not Alone), although never for sexual assault charges. But we shall see.

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