‘Simpsons’ Short Has a Shot at an Oscar
The Wrap reports that The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced its list of contenders for its Animated Short Oscar, and amongst the 10 films is “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,'” a 3D animated Simpsons short that was shown prior to screenings of Ice Age 4 this summer. The four-and-a-half minute short was written by Simpsons masterminds Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Al Jean, David Mirkin, Joel H. Cohen, and Michael Price, directed by David Silverman, and involves Maggie in conflict with her nemesis, unibrowed baby Gerald, at a daycare. This is a chance for Oscar redemption for The Simpsons. The Simpsons Movie was shut out of the Best Animated Feature category in 2008, while Ratatouille, Persepolis, and Surf’s Up, a movie in which Shia LaBeouf voiced a surfing penguin, all scored nominations. The Simpsons short actually might have a shot at a nomination this year because none of the other contenders involve Shia LaBeouf voicing a surfing penguin.