2021 Oscars Best Animated Short Nominees

Time to bring out the best-animated short nominees for the 2021 Oscars!

The 93rd Academy Awards nominees were announced March 15, 2021. The Oscars are scheduled to take place two months later than originally planned on April 25, 2021 due to major setbacks of the pandemic.

The Academy Awards may be very different this year from the typical showings we have seen from the past, but as they say in Hollywood, the show must go on. 

2021 Oscars Best Animated Short Nominees

Burrow (Pixar)

Photo Credit To Animation World Network

By Madeline Sharafian and Michael Cabaret

This 6 minute short follows the tale of a little bunny and their journey with friends.

This cute little short is relatable and emphasizes that there is no shame in asking for help.

Overall, I enjoyed this short, but I don’t expect this to win the category.

Genius Loci (Kazak Productions)

Photo Credit To UniFrance

Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise.

Created between 2016 and 2019, this animated short film is a metaphysical tale in which its heroine, the solitary Reine, discovers in the midst of urban chaos an entity that appears to be alive, and which becomes her spiritual guide

This animated short is not for children, and has been selected for over 70 film festivals with 26 international awards.

I really enjoyed the animated style to this film. Very different compared to movies like Pixar / Disney.

You can tell a lot of work went into the animation, writing and sound effects. I don’t expect this movie to win this category, but I can absolutely see why it has received worldwide recognition.

If Anything Happens I Love You

Photo Credit to Michael Govier

By Will McCormack and Michael Govier

This is an emotional animated short! The story follows two grieving parents as they struggle to confront the death of their daughter, who was killed in a school shooting. The 12 minute short was met with critical acclaim. I expect this movie to win the best-animated short category.


Photo Credit to Animation World Network.

Directed by Erick Oh.

Opera is a massive 8K size animation installation project which portrays our society and history, filled with beauty and absurdity.

Opera is a unique South Korean/ American animated short.


Photo Credit to Yes-People

By Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson

One morning an eclectic mix of people faces the everyday battle of work, school and dish-washing. As the day progresses, their relationships are tested and ultimately their capacity to cope.

Yes-People has gained many film festival nominations from Sweden to Spain.

A interesting film with a unique animation style. I don’t expect this film to receive a yes vote for the Oscar.

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