There were two terrible omissions – one, “Paths of Hate”, a digital recreation of a WWII dogfight that I thought was brilliant but women hated the film, so the majority of females in the Academy voted it down in flames.
The second glaring omission was “Luminaris” by Juan Pablo Zaramella. I felt sure this film was Oscar-bound, but apparently the Academy wasn't charmed by its stop motion magic.
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” certainly deserves the nomination and will probably win. Also “Morning Stroll” and “La Luna” are wonderful films.
Even though the two Canadian films “Sunday” and “Wild Life” are terrific films, I felt there were stronger and more original films in this year's selections.
So, if you're joining an Oscar Pool, put your money on “Flying Books”, and if it loses don't come crying to me – I'm just one of 6000 voting Academy members.