The Academy has announced its 10 semi-finalists in the animated short film category and this year you might be able to watch all of them before the ceremony. Most have probably seen Partly Cloudy, which played in theaters before Pixar’s Up.
I know most people don’t care about the short films because probably 90% of the population never gets to see them and have to rely on journalists or bloggers to write about them. It’s baffling with current technology that The Academy doesn’t put them online, make them embeddable and get them seen.
Alas, you can’t expect much from an industry that thinks the solution to their woes is to sue illegal downloaders instead of using technology to increase their bottom line.
The Wrap has a nice roundup of where to find the best clips, some of the films are online entirely and others have snippets floating about. The Lady and the Reaper, was produced by Antonio Banderas; The Cat Piano is narrated by Nick Cave; Logorama is an 18-minute film made up entirely of corporate logos, featuring a murderous Ronald McDonald being chased by Michelin Men Police Officers; Wallace and Gromit are on the shortlist for A Matter of Loaf and Death.
Still, according to The Wrap, it looks like “The Kinematograph” is the front-runner to win.