Oscars Predictions: Best Animated Short – ‘Us Again’ Gets Help From the Momentum of ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST ANIMATED SHORT

UPDATED: Dec 23, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: There seem to be three favorites in the animated short race after the Oscars announced their shortlists in 10 categories. Erick Oh’s “Namoo” (who narrowingly lost last year for the animated short “Opera”), Daniel Ojari and Michael Please’s “Robin Robin” (from the branch’s favorite production company Aardman) and Zach Parrish’s “Us Again” (which played alongside Walt Disney Pictures’ feature contender “Raya and the Last Dragon”).

While we can never assume anything is safe, the race is always fluid, with voters, pundits and general film enthusiasts catching up with the 15 over the Christmas break, and any film can unseat any of the presumed frontrunners.

Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022.

Precursor Awards Leader: None
Awards Season Calendar

ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

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AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

RANK

FILM

DISTRIBUTOR

DIRECTOR

1

“Namoo”

Baobab Studios

Erick Oh

2

“Us Again”

Walt Disney Pictures

Zach Parrish

3

“Robin Robin”

Netflix

Dan Ojari

4

“Bestia”

Goeblins

Marlijn Van Nuenen, Ram Tamez, Alfredo Gerard Kuttikatt

5

“The Musician”

MTV Entertainment

Reza Riahi

NEXT IN LINE

6

“Step into the River”

The New Yorker

Weijia Ma

7

“Mum is Pouring Rain”

Dandelooo

Hugo de Faucompret

8

“The Windshield Wiper”

The Animation Showcase

Alberto Mielgo

9

“Affairs of the Art”

The New Yorker

Joanna Quinn, Les Mills

10

“Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice”

Kingulliit Productions

Zacharias Kunuk

OTHER TOP-TIER CONTENDERS

11

“Flowing Home”

Les Films de l’Arlequin and the National Film Board of Canada

Sandra Desmazieres

12

“Souvenir Souvenir”

The Animation Showcase

Bastien Dubois

13

“Bad Seeds”

Office National Du F Ilm Du Canada

Claude Cloutier

14

“Only a Child”

Amka Films

Simone Giampaolo

15

“Boxballet”

Melnitsa Animation Studio

Anton Dyakov

2022 Academy Awards Predictions

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