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88th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2015 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog


Animated Feature
Lots more animated hoopla on the blog

The Nominees Are...

Stop Motion

December 11th

June 19th


Stop Motion

May 22nd
(Studio Ghibli / GKids)

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's odd adults-only dramedy is already a critical darling


Venice Grand Jury Prize

Nothing but raves for this non-verbal toon from Brazil when it screens.


Pixar returns to form with this inventive joyous and tearjerking film about the inner mind of an 11 year old girl.



Aardman should never be underestimated and though box office was troubled, reviews were goodfor this silent comedy miaadventure


Possibly the last feature from Studio Ghibli which gives it a kind of cache though it never got much attention in release


11 More Titles That Qualified


  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Peanuts Movie (Blue/Sky Fox)
  • Minions (Universal)
  • The Prophet (GKids)
  • Home (Dreamworks)
  • The Boy And The Beast (Japan)
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (US)
  • The Laws Of The Universe – Part 0 (Japan)
  • Moomins On The Riviera (Finland)
  • Regular Show: The Movie (US)
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water (US)

Will we see some of these foreign titles next year instead?
 Big Fish & Chinese Flowering Crapapple (China), Phantom Boy (France), Sheep and Wolves (Russia), Robodog (Germany), Capture the Flag (Spain), Top Cat Begins (Mexico), El Americano: The Movie (Mexico), Little From the Fish Shop (Czech Republic, Puppetry & CG), Miss Hokusai (Japan), Adama (France), Mune (France), Sarasuberi: Miss Hokusai (Japan)


Animated Short
A list of 60 titles was whittled down to 10 then to these five
The Finalist List

Bear Story
Gabriel Osorio
(Punkrobot Animation Studio)
Richard Williams
(Animation Masterclass)
Sanjay's Super Team
Sanjay Patel
(Pixar Animation Studios)
We Can't Live Without Cosmos
Konstantin Bronzit
(Melnitsa Animation Studio)

World of Tomorrow
Don Hertzfeldt
(Bitter Films)


11 minutes

It would be the first film nominated in this category from Chile if it happens - this allegorical fable is of a bear ripped form his home for the circus is set during Pinochet's bloody regime

? minutes

This is a tease for a longer project by Williams (of Thief and the Cobbler fame)

7 minutes

Patel previously worked on Pixar movies and Björk's cartoon video "I Miss You"! This short will show before The Good Dinosaur

16 minutes

Russian astronauts. Bronzit was previously nom'ed in this category for Lavatory Lovestory

16 minutes

From the legendary Don Hertzfeldt. He's often too outre for them, though.


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Five Finalists That Weren't Nominated
An Object at Rest Seth Boyden (CalArts)
My Home (Chez Moi)
Phuong Mai Nguyen (Papy3D Productions)
Love in the Time of March Madness Melissa Johnson & Robertino Zambrano (High Hip Productions and KAPWA Studioworks)
Carface (Autos Portraits)
Claude Cloutier (National Film Board of Canada)
If I Was God... Cordell Barker (National Film Board of Canada)

Tier 3 - The Previous Long List (60 Titles)

The Apple Tree, Au Fil de l’Eau (On Flying Water), Between Times,German Shepherd, Juan y la Nube (Juan and the Cloud),  Pineapple Calamari, Snowfall, Starlight, Storm Hits Jacket, Violet, Zoe, Castillo y el Armado, Grace Under Water, The Master, Still Born, Voodoo Love Story, The Looking Planet, Air-Mail (Messages dans l’Air), Amélia & Duarte ,The Ballad of the Homeless, Bucko the Bull, Dame Mit Hund, Driving,Edmond, The Loneliest Stoplight, Loop Ring Chop Drink, Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose, The Pride of Strathmoor, Soar, Stripy, Taking the Plunge, 9:30 am, The Sense of Touch, The Story of Percival Pilts, Zimbo, Load, Alex & Sylvia, The Beautiful Forest, Dissonance, Fink Forest Friends: The Invisible Honk, Waves ’98, The Final Passage

The long-listers you can watch online in full:
The Agony and the Ecstasy, Dinner for Few, Limbo Limbo Travel, Chiaroscuro, and Submarine Sandwich

The long-listers from previous Oscar nominees or involving previous Oscar folk that didn't make the finals: Aria For a Cow, Taking Flight, Submarine Sandwich and (Otto),

The long list was not published by the Academy but was provided by Cartoon Brew who sleuthed from qualifying festivals and followed screenings. 




Documentary Feature
124 titles were in the running and then 15. Now...

The Nominees Are

Asif Kapadia & James Gay-Reese
Matthew Heineman & Tom Yellin
Joshua Oppenheimr & Signe Byrge Sorensen
Liz garbus, Amy Hobby & Justin Wilkes
Evgeny Afineevsky Den Tolmor



BIFA, IDA Nominee, NBR


Gotham Nominee



Gotham IDA


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The 10 Finalists That Were Not Nominated
Best of Enemies Reviewed Meru, Listen to Me Marlon Reviewed (Gotham Nominee, IDA Nominee) The Hunting Ground, Where to Invade Next Reviewed, Best of Enemies, Going Clear, Listen to Me Marlon, He Named Me Malala, We Comes as Friends, 3 12/ Miutes Ten Bullets Heart of a Dog Gotham Nominee
Tier 4 - Other Eligible Titles. 124 films were screened for the branch to choose finalists from Discuss here.


Documentary Short
The Nominees Are...

Tier 1 - Predictions

Body Team 12
(RYOT Films & Vulcan Productions)
d. David Darg
Chau - Beyond the Lines
(Cynasty Films)
d. Courtney Marsh
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
(Jet Black Iris America)
d. Adam Benzine
A Girl in the River - The Price of Forgiveness
(SOC Films)
d. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Last Day of Freedom
(Living Condition)
d. Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman

13 minutes

the team tasked with collecting the victims of Ebola in Liberia. This won the doc short prize at Tribeca

Official Site

IDA Nominee

34 minutes

A disabled man dreams of becoming a fashion designer

Official Site

40 minutes

Oscar wasn't able to honor the 566 minute classic Holocaust doc Shoah (1985). So will they want to honor this short about its director?

Official Site

IDA Nominee


40 minutes

Pakistan's first Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (Saving Face, 2011) returns. This short is on a woman who survived an attempted "honor killing"

Official Site

32 minutes

an animated memoir about a man who decides to stand by his brother who has committed a capital crime

Official Site

IDA Nominee

The Five Finalists that were not nominated
50 Feet Frmo Syria, Minerita, My Enemy My Brother, Starting Point, The Testimony



Live Action Short
A long list of 144 eligible titles was whittled down to 10 films.
And Now...

The Nominees Are...


Ave Maria
Basil Khalil, director, and Eric Dupont, producer (Incognito Films)
Day One
Henry Hughes, director (American Film Institute)
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Patrick Vollrath, director (Filmakademie Wien)
Jamie Donoughue, director (Eagle Eye Films)
Benjamin Cleary, director (Bare Golly Films)

15 minutes

a comedy about nuns whose routine, including a vow of silence is interrupted by an Israeli family and a broken down car

25 minutes
war drama

an Afghan American serving as an interpreter to the military meets a bomb-maker's pregnant wife

30 minutes

A divorced father picks up his daughter for their biweekly visit. But something is wrong...

21 minutes
war drama

two young boys battles for survival with guns and soldiers in 1998 Kosovo (based on true events)


12 minutes

a speech impaired man
"faces his greatest fear" in this celebrated short

The Finalists who were not nominated are...
Bad Hunter, Contrapelo (Against the Grain), Winter Light,
Bis Gleich (Till Then), The Free Man (Zi You Ren) ,
Eligibility List
The long list of 144 qualifying titles has eluded us