Pixar's 'Piper,' Disney's 'Inner Workings' are among the animated contenders
Credit: Pixar; Disney


With two months to go until the 2017 Oscar nominations are announced, the Academy has unveiled a list of 20 films advancing to the voting process in both narrative short film categories.

On the animation front, Pixar’s Piper and Disney’s Inner Workings will both go on to the next round of Oscar balloting. The former, about a baby sandpiper’s quest to overcome her fear of the ocean, screened for $486.2 million worth of audiences ahead of Finding Dory this summer. Disney’s animated short, which follows a man’s internal struggle with various parts of his brain, will screen before showings of Moana​, opening Wednesday.

Live-action titles on the Academy shortlist includes Marc Wilkins’ Bon Voyage, Juanjo Giménez’s Cannes-premiering Timecode, and a Kickstarter-backed thesis film from Columbia University’s Jimmy Keyrouz, Nocturne in Black, which tells the story of a war-ravaged Middle Eastern neighborhood where a dejected musician attempts to reconstruct his prized piano after terrorists destroy it.

Of the 20 films in the lineup, only two were directed by women, both on the animated side; Marie-Christine Courtès’ Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers), and Alicja Jasina’s Once Upon a Line.

A total of 69 animated shorts had originally qualified for consideration, while 137 live-action pictures qualified. Each entry was viewed by members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch before the preliminary round of voting. In each category, five nominees will be chosen after branch screenings take place throughout December in Los Angeles, London, New York, and San Francisco.

The 89th Oscars will take place at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood. ABC’s live broadcast of the ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. ET.

Per the Academy, the following short films are still in the Oscar race:

Animated Shorts:

  • Blind Vaysha, Theodore Ushev, director (National Film Board of Canada)
  • Borrowed Time, Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, directors (Quorum Films)
  • Happy End, Jan Saska, director (FAMU – Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)
  • The Head Vanishes, Franck Dion, director (Papy3D Productions, National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France Cinema Department)
  • Inner Workings, Leo Matsuda, director, and Sean Lurie, producer (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
  • Once upon a Line, Alicja Jasina, director (University of Southern California)
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes, Robert Valley, director, and Cara Speller, producer (Massive Swerve Studios and Passion Pictures Animation)
  • Pearl, Patrick Osborne, director (Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures)
  • Piper, Alan Barillaro, director, and Marc Sondheimer, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)
  • Sous Tes Doigts (Under Your Fingers), Marie-Christine Courtès, director, and Ludivine Berthouloux, art director (Vivement Lundi! and Novanima)

Live-Action Shorts:

  • Bon Voyage, Marc Wilkins, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduction)
  • Ennemis Intérieurs, Sélim Azzazi, director (Qualia Films)
  • Graffiti, Lluis Quilez, director (Participant Media, Euphoria Productions and Ainur Films)
  • La Femme et le TGV, Timo von Gunten, director (arbel gmbh)
  • Nocturne in Black, Jimmy Keyrouz, director (Columbia University)
  • The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy, Oualid Mouaness, director (Tricycle Logic)
  • Silent Nights, Aske Bang, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)
  • Sing (Mindenki), Kristof Deák, director (Meteor Filmstudio)
  • Timecode, Juanjo Giménez, director (Nadir Films)
  • The Way of Tea (Les Frémissements du Thé), Marc Fouchard, director, and Matthieu Devillers, producer (Existenz, BlackBox and P904)
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