Each year here at Animation World Network we put a spotlight on the five animated shorts -- and the talented, dedicated and groundbreaking creative teams behind them -- to receive an Academy Award nomination, as well as the numerous other awards and accolades gathered along the way.
This year’s nominees for the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, selected from a shortlist of 10 contenders, represent some of the most compelling creative efforts of an industry that is constantly evolving, pushing the boundaries of artistry and emotion with techniques and approaches that refine and stretch the rich history of what has come before. Employing a range of techniques, they include a hilarious animal menagerie, a mother coping with empty-nest syndrome, a poignant examination of memory, an ambitious shot to the Moon, and a touching look at divorce.
Leading up to the 91st Academy Awards on February 24, here is a handy guide to AWN’s coverage from over the past year of the five nominated films, including in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes peeks at some of the most outstanding and memorable shorts of 2018.
Hearty congratulations to all the nominees, and to the creative teams that helped bring these films to the screen, for garnering what many consider to be the industry’s highest honors. No matter which short film takes home the Oscar Statuette on Sunday it’s a considerable achievement just to have a chance at approaching the podium, and we’ll be cheering for each and every one of them.
WATCH: Walk on the Wild Side with Alison Snowden & David Fine’s ‘Animal Behaviour’
Walk on the Wild Side: Alison Snowden & David Fine Talk ‘Animal Behaviour’
TIFF Selects ‘Animal Behaviour’ and ‘The Subject’
OIAF Announces 2018 Narrative and Non-Narrative Animated Film Selections
Annecy 2018: The Short and Short of It
Animafest Zagreb Lineup Announced
Three NFB Shorts Headed to Sundance
I Have a Question Michael Fukushima
Animators Unearthed - David Fine & Alison Snowden
I Have a Question David Fine
Delve Into the Making of Pixar’s ‘Bao’ with New Featurette
First-Time Director Domee Shi Takes a ‘Bao’ in New Pixar Theatrical Short
TAAFI Sets Screening, Talk from Director of Pixar Short ‘Bao’
Pixar Serves Up ‘Bao’ Short, Directed by Domee Shi
SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 Announces Full Conference Program
‘Pixar Shorts: Volume 3’ Available November 13
Variety Unveils 2018 List of 10 Animators to Watch
New Making-of Video Goes Behind the Scenes of Louise Bagnall’s ‘Late Afternoon’
WATCH: Louise Bagnall’s Oscar-Shortlisted ‘Late Afternoon’ Now Available Online
State of Mind: Exploring Memory in Louise Bagnall’s ‘Late Afternoon’
Animation Ireland Announces Galway Film Fleadh Premieres
One Small Step
WATCH: Taiko Studios Releases ‘One Small Step’ Online
TAIKO Shoots for the Stars with Short ‘One Small Step’
SIGGRAPH 2018 Celebrates ‘Generations’ In Vancouver
How Collaboration Helped Bring Oscar-Shortlisted ‘Weekends’ to Life
Gallery Nucleus Presenting ‘Weekends,’ ‘Age of Sail’ This Saturday!
WATCH: Trevor Jimenez’s Oscar-Shortlisted ‘Weekends’ Returns Online
Within a Dream: Bringing Emotion To Trevor Jimenez’s ‘Weekends’
The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows Returns with a New Crop of Gems
Mexico’s Pixelatl Festival Wraps 2018 Edition
KLIK Announces 2018 Short Film Selections
WATCH: Trevor Jimenez’s ‘Weekends’ Available Online Through August 22
'The Burden' wins the Anima 2018 Grand Prix
Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.