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96th Oscars Shortlists Announced for Animated Shorts, VFX & Music

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in 10 categories for the 96th Academy Awards: Documentary Feature Film, Documentary Short Film, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound and Visual Effects.

Categories with animation contenders are:


Fifteen films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. Ninety-three films qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are: “

·         Boom

·         Eeva

·         Humo (Smoke)

·         I’m Hip

·         A Kind of Testament

·         Koerkorter (Dog Apartment)

·         Letter to a Pig

·         Ninety-Five Senses

·         Once Upon a Studio

·         Our Uniform

·         Pachyderme

·         Pete

·         27

·         War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko

·         Wild Summon



Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 96th Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 13, 2024. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

·         The Creator

·         Godzilla Minus One

·         Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

·         Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

·         Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

·         Napoleon

·         Poor Things

·         Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire

·         Society of the Snow

·         Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Additionally, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is the only animated entry in the shortlists for Music (Original Song) (“Am I Dreaming”); it is also up for Music (Original Score) as well as The Boy and the Heron and Elemental.

Nominations voting begins on Thursday, January 11, 2024, and concludes on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

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