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The animated short race seems down to two very different contenders. On the one hand, you have the money and power behind Netflix partnering with production studio Aardman, pushing “Robin Robin.” But there’s also a possibility for “The Windshield Wiper,” from one of the visual consultants of the Oscar-winning “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018), which has garnered an impressive amount of support. And let’s not forget the most critically lauded film, “Bestia,” which, despite divisive reactions from voters, has captured the ones who love it with its bold storytelling.  

Aardman is a favorite within the Academy, winning with “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (2006) in animated feature, and nabbing additional (and surprising noms) for “The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!” (2013), “Shaun the Sheep Movie” (2016) and “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (2021). Teamed up with the streaming power of Netflix, it’s hard to imagine they would be lagging behind any other contender. Still, it’s always tough to gauge when voting opens to the masses. 

“The Windshield Wiper” from Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez Barbosa has been dipping in and out of the conversation, with fans praising its style and visual storytelling. It could be the spoiler in the category, but it’s not clear if it has enough to beat the frontrunner “Robin Robin.” 

“Bestia” marks the first nominations for director Hugo Covarrubias and producer Tevo Díaz, and is one of the most divisive selections based on conversations with voters and those who have given the 16-minute film a chance. It tells the story of Ingrid, who worked in the Chilean Intelligence Directorate (DINA) in 1975. Premiering stateside in 2022 at the Sundance Film Festival, it’s performed incredibly well on the festival circuit, winning the Grand Jury Award at South by Southwest (SXSW). It also picked up the Annie Award for best animated short subject. But in the end, it may be too jarring for members of the masses to get behind. 

Director Joanna Quinn nabbed her second Oscar nomination for animated short with “Affairs of the Art,” while writer and producer Les Mills received his first. The short showcases one family’s eccentric yet endearing obsessions with anything imaginable. The film was nominated at the BAFTA Awards for British short animation, the only nominee from the category to have Oscar crossover, but lost to “Do Not Feed the Pigeons.” 

Director and writer Anton Dyakov nabbed his first nom for “Boxballet,” a winner at the National Animation Awards in 2021. The buzz for the movie has been relatively quiet, but you can never count out a complete shocker in the shorts races. 

Will win: “Robin Robin” (Netflix) – Dan Ojari, Mikey Please
Could win: “The Windshield Wiper” (The Animation Showcase) – Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez
Should win: “The Windshield Wiper” (The Animation Showcase) – Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez


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1 “Robin Robin” Netflix Dan Ojari and Mikey Please
2 “The Windshield Wiper” The Animation Showcase Albert Mielgo and Leo Sanchez
3 “Bestia” Miyu Distribution Hugo Covarrubias and Tevo Diaz
4 “Affairs of the Art” The New Yorker Joanna Quinn and Les Mills
5 “Boxballet” Melnitsa Animation Studio Anton Dyakov

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