Oscars 2018: Best Animated Short Shortlist

The best thing about me writing all nine of these shortlists up is that you get to see me do this in real time. As they go up — that’s when I’m finding out about all of these movies. That’s the time it takes to do a nominal amount of research. And what’s funny is, as I search for these films (especially for the shorts categories), I keep seeing links to other people covering the shortlists… and no one’s done anything more than copy-paste them. It’s like they don’t even care about what these things are about. But that’s why you have me.

Here’s Animated Short. The last of the shorts. Ten potential nominees, five of them will make it. And everyone will say Pixar’s gonna win regardless. (I’m just assuming Pixar has made it on here, because fucking really.)

I know nothing about these whatsoever, so I guess we’ll find out about them as we go. And see which one is gonna join Academy Award winner Kobe Bryant in the pantheon of winners of this category.

Here is your Animated Short Shortlist:

Age of Sail
Animal Behaviour
Bird Karma
Late Afternoon
Lost & Found
One Small Step
Pépé le Morse

Age of Sail — Set on the open ocean in 1900, Age of Sail is the story of William Avery, an old sailor adrift and alone in the North Atlantic. When Avery reluctantly rescues Lara, who has mysteriously fallen overboard, he finds redemption and hope in his darkest hours.

This is a Google VR short. And they’ve released a theatrical version online.

Animal Behaviour — Five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.

Bao — A Chinese-Canadian woman suffering from empty nest syndrome gets a second shot at motherhood when one of her handmade dumplings comes alive.

This is the Pixar short in front of Incredibles 2. First Pixar short directed by a woman, and seems all but assured for a nomination, if not also a win.

Here’s a trailer:

Bilby — Set in the Australian outback, ‘Bilby’ follows the desert-dwelling marsupial Perry through the trials and tribulations of “parenthood” after he saves a defenseless chick from predators and inadvertently becomes her protector.

This is DreamWorks.

Bird Karma — No real synopsis, but it’s DreamWorks and looks stunning.

Late Afternoon —  An elderly woman drifts back through her memories. She exists between two states, the past and the present.

Lost & Found — A knitted toy dinosaur must completely unravel itself to save the love of its life.

This looks AWESOME. Also, here it is:

One Small Step — TAIKO Studios presents the story of Luna, a Chinese American girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut.

Oh my god, these just keep getting better and better. Here’s this one:

Pépé le Morse — On the windy and cloudy beach, Granny is praying, Mum is shouting, the sisters don’t care, Lucas is alone. Grandpa was a weird guy, now he’s dead.

Here’s this one:

Weekends — ‘Weekends’ is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.

This is by a Pixar animator. Here’s a trailer:

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What a strong year this looks like. I’m so excited to see all of these. And what’s even better, I can see half of them like, right now.

I have not watched these, just FYI, and I’m basing my guesses of a category (because you know I have to) based solely on the stills on the trailers and the synopses in front of me.

And my guess, based on nothing, is this category:

Age of Sail


Late Afternoon

Lost & Found


But I’ll watch all of these soon enough. This article is really about getting us used to the potential nominees so we can do our homework over the next month. This year looks like a real treat in this category, and I, for one, am here for it.

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