Although it shouldn't shock me that the "Cow" film wasn't selected, all the films that were had million dollar budgets while the Cow film came in at around $7,000, and it was the only traditionally animated 2D film in a crowd of CG films.
The depressing part is that this Spring I have a lot of projects that could have used the extra publicity of a nomination:
My Rizzoli book, "Independently Animated: Bill Plympton" is being released in April and I'm planning a small book tour.
My new animated feature "Cheatin'" is looking for investors or distributors.
I'm also working on an animated series, "Tiffany the Whale", that needs some financial assistance.
All these projects would have benefited greatly from the added publicity that comes with an Academy Nomination. So I guess I'll have to slog it out the traditional way without the Oscar prestige. In any case, all the shorts that were nominated are wonderful films and deserve to be there. I've got to go now, because I need to make a short for next year's Academy race.
See you soon,