Last Friday night the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 10 animated short films that will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards. The original list contained thirty-seven films that were eligible for the category and this new list is in itself only interim. The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch of the Academy will now vote amongst themselves to select five films that will make up the final short-list, which will be announced on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 around lunchtime.

Irish eyes will be firmly fixed on this category with Brown Bag Films’ Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty representing our fair isle. Competition is set to be tough with Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park up for A Matter of Loaf and Death and Disney/Pixar’s excellent short Partly Cloudy also in contention.

The full list of the current ten is as follows:

The Cat Piano
French Roast
Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty
The Kinematograph
The Lady and the Reaper
Logorama
A Matter of Loaf and Death
Partly Cloudy
Runaway
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The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7th, 2010.

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