Oscars 2023: Best Animated Short Film Predictions

“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” leads the field of indie and international contenders.


We’ll be updating all of our Oscar predictions throughout the season, so stay tuned to IndieWire for the latest news on the 2023 Oscar race. The final vote will take place between March 2 and 7, 2023. Finally, the 95th Academy Awards will air on Sunday, March 12th and will air live on ABC at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.

Check out our initial thoughts on what to expect at the 95th Academy Awards.

State of the species

Best Animated Short Oscar Nominees: An Ostrich Said The World Is False And I Think I Believe It, Ice Merchants, The Year Of My Tail, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The horse, ” and “The Flying Sailor”.

It’s a standout field made up exclusively of indie and international festival favorites thanks to a scheduling quirk where no studio work has been forthcoming. Leading the way is The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse, a beautiful hand-drawn tale of the virtues of kindness from British illustrator Charlie Mackesy (adapted from the bestselling picture book) and producer Matthew Freud.

However, adult animation is increasingly popular within this category, last year Alberto Mielgo’s film “The Windshield Wiper” won. It also bodes well for Annecy-winning My Year of Dicks, the psychedelic and hilarious mindbender from director Sara Gunnarsdóttir and creator Pamela Ribon, loosely based on Ribon’s experiences as a Houston teenager trying to lose her virginity in the early ’90s. . Originally produced for FX, the mixed-media production received unexpected global attention when Riz Ahmed’s reading of “An Ostrich Said The World Is False And I Think I Believe It,” by Riz Ahmed—another nominee for Best Animated Short—came into fits. Ahmed’s co-host Allison Williams and the audience laughed as the nominations were announced.

Cannes winner João Gonzalez’s “Ice Merchant” has broken the record of nine festival Oscar qualifiers. The 2D short is about the Herculean efforts of an isolated father and son ice sellers, featuring breathtaking graphic design and dizzying camerawork.

NFB Ottawa winner “The Flying Sailor,” directed by previous nominees Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, finds beauty in the devastating 1917 Halifax explosion through a combination of 2D and CG.

Ostrich, from Australian Academy Award winner Lachlan Pendragon, is a delightful stop-motion comedy about a young office worker who uses an ostrich to discover the flaws in his stop-motion universe.

Meanwhile, “The Flying Sailor” gained momentum with its win at Sundance, and “Ice Merchants,” “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse” and “The Flying Sailor” all received Annie nominations.

Below is a list of the candidates in order of probability of victory:

“The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse”
“The Year of the Tail”
“Ice Merchants”
“The Flying Sailor”
“An ostrich told me the world is fake and I guess I believe it”

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