The Lost Thing comes from a story book by Shaun Tan, who was heavily involved in the production of this short alongside British producer and animator Andrew Ruhemann. It follows the story of a boy who finds a "lost thing" on the beach - a bit like a large octopus stuck in an even larger teapot, it acts like a puppy. The problem is that it is lost, so the boy takes it home with him. However, this cannot last and the lost thing must be taken and left elsewhere.
Written and directed by Frenchmen François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy & Ludovic Houplain, Logorama won the Best Short Animation Oscar in 2010. It is a computer animation with a vibrant, Pulp Fiction feel to it (so expect some strong language straight up!) that starts with the Michelin police spying the fugitive, Ronald McDonald, and pursuing him through a Los Angeles comprised entirely of logos. Cool! The sound was done by the uploader here, Human.
House On Little Cubes (Tsumiki No Ie) by Kunio Kato won the Oscar in 2009. As his town floods, an old man is forced to add levels onto his home in order to stay dry. But when he drops his favorite pipe into the watery levels below, his scuba-diving search prompts him to relive scenes from his life. It is a bit of a weepy (OK, it's a huge weepy) and could be considered the animated version of The Last 3 Minutes.
Ryan by Chris Landreth won the Academy Award in 2005. It is a strange mix of animation and documentary, and introduces Ryan Larkin, a pioneering Canadian animator of the 1960s who, after succumbing to addiction, was reduced to begging on the streets by the time this film was made. Supported by the Canadian Film Board, Landreth interviews his compatriot to gain an insight into a troubled genius as well as understand the process that led to his downfall.