oscar animated shorts 2019 shortlist

Best Animated Short has long been a category overlooked by audiences — maybe they’re too experimental, too niche, too idiosyncratic. But perhaps the largest reason they’re overlooked is because no one has seen them. Apart from Pixar and Disney animated shorts, which reach the highest audiences thanks to their placement in front of theatrical releases, Oscar-nominated animated shorts often suffer from engagement scarcity, nearly always kept offline even after the shortlist is announced. This was an exclusive strategy that hurt the directors, but also hurt the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which only alienates its audiences by presenting awards to films no one had seen.

But this year, we’re seeing a dramatic shift for the first time. This year, all the shorts on the Oscar animated shorts 2019 shortlist are available online for everyone to see. The filmmakers and studios have each released their films online, allowing audiences to finally see what the Academy is voting for — and maybe get a more accurate Oscar pool going this year.

Check out all the films (via CartoonBrew) below the jump.

Age of Sail

Director: John Kahrs

Country: U.S.

Animal Behavior

Directors: Alison Snowden, David Fine

Country: Canada

Bao

Director: Domee Shi

Country: U.S.

Bilby

Directors: Pierre Perifel, J.P. Sans, Liron Topaz

Country: U.S.

Bird Karma

Director: William Salazar

Country: U.S.

Grandpa Walrus (Pépé le Morse)

Director: Lucrèce Andreae

Country: France

Late Afternoon

Director: Louise Bagnall

Country: Ireland

Lost and Found

Director: Andrew Goldsmith, Bradley Slabe

Country: Australia

One Small Step

Director: Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas

Country: U.S./China

Weekends

Director: Trevor Jimenez

Country: U.S.

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