ReptilePatrol
Today the Academy announced the official shortlist of films for Best Animated Short Film for the 88th Academy Awards, and Sanjay's Super Team has advanced with 9 other short films (out of a total of 60 that qualified in the first place) to the shortlist.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/award-season-focus/breaking-academy-announces-10-animated-shorts-advance-to-oscar-shortlist-122125.html

Pixar's short films have faltered a bit in terms of Oscars, especially with Lava missing the shortlist last year, but it looks like they're making a comeback [smile]

The official nominations are announced in January.

EDIT: For the unacquainted, this is how Best Animated Short Film at the Oscars works:

Animated shorts can qualify for the Oscars by either winning an approved festival prize or a Student Academy Award, or complete an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run in Los Angeles County. All submitted shorts that qualify (this year there was a whopping 60) are then screened by volunteer members from the Short Films & Feature Animation Branch of the Academy in LA and New York, which happened last month. These members then vote on which films to shortlist, and it is from this shortlist that the nominees are chosen (again, by this branch). The five nominees for Best Animated Short are announced with the nominations for the other Oscar categories in January, and from there one winner is announced during the Oscar ceremony in February after final voting by all Academy members.
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Pixar Post - T.J.
That's awesome - thanks for posting the news - we gave you a nod in our writeup on the homepage! 
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Peace_Love_Pixar
Well, I would have chosen The Dam Keeper last and this year many times over!
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ReptilePatrol
Oh yeah, The Dam Keeper absolutely deserved to win last year. As for which short deserves to win this year, Bear Story and World of Tomorrow are my favorites so far, but I'll need to watch more of the shortlisted 10 (including Sanjay's Super Team) before I settle on something.
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Peace_Love_Pixar
I guess I'll have to check those out then. [wink]

But before I do, can you give me a small synopsis? Just what there about would be great.

Thanks ReptilePatrol! [smile]
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ReptilePatrol
Of course, no problem!

Beat Story I actually reviewed in full on my own blog, but a short spoiler-free synopsis: an old bear recounts a traumatizing event in his life with a mechanical diorama. It's got emotional power like The Dam Keeper, but instead of an overtly Pixarian approach, it's more subtle and layered.

World of Tomorrow is from Don Hertzfeldt, director of It's Such A Beautiful Day (which is on Netflix in a bunch of countries). The animation is simple, which is his style, but WOT has some really amazing writing work and is just jam packed with ideas. It's available to rent on Vimeo and follows the adventures of a little girl who is contacted by her future self.

And finally of course, we all know Sanjay's Super Team. Pretty excited to see it with The Good Dinosaur next week!!
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