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OSCAR ANIMATIONS - 1

Some of the most recent Oscar winning short animations.


Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry (2019) (USA) (6m)

Hair Love won the Oscar in 2020. This Disneyesque animation (with an anthropomorphic cat thrown in for good measure) tells the story of a young black girl, Zuri, who has an unknown but important reason for wanting to turn her untamed afro into something more appealing today. She attempts to copy one of the hairstyles demonstrated by her favourite vlogger but fails miserably and turns to her father for help. Unfortunately, he sees his daughter's hair as an unconquerable opponent.


Dear Basketball by Glen Keane (2017) (USA) (4m)

Dear Basketball won the Best Animated Short Film Academy Award in 2018. One suspects that it would not have won the award if the Oscars were not held in the United States, where basketball is so popular and such overt mawkishness is seemingly more acceptable than in Europe. It probably did not hurt that most Academy members live in LA, and Bryant played for the LA Lakers. The title is pretty self-explanatory: it is a valedictory love-letter from Kobe Bryant to basketball, the sport that made him a superstar.

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Piper by Alan Barillaro (2016) (USA) (6m) *

Piper won the Best Short Animation Oscar in 2017. It is a sweet story about a young piper (bird) learning how to feed on the beach and, with the help of a young crab, discovering that there is a better way to pinpoint its food. The computer animation - which at times is indistinguishable from live action - is beautifully done and a faux documentary camera style gives it a sense of realism.


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