Damn! It happened again! I had a great short film on the Oscars short-list, and it wasn't nominated! What's my problem? I feel like the Susan Lucci of animation!
A lot of people told me I had a great shot at a nomination this year, and of course, I never took their predictions seriously - people always want to make you feel good. But a number of Academy members told me that "Footprints" got the biggest laughs at the L.A. screening, so I thought that should count for something.
Of course, the Academy rarely nominates funny films. They tend to want to reward the films that are the most creative, emotional and pithy. So "gag" films don't usually make it. But I felt that "Footprints" was one of my most meaningful films - besides being funny, it has a message, albeit an elusive one.
In the past, I've had other shortlisted films that I believed deserved to be nominated. "The Fan and the Flower", written by Dan O'Shannon, was a gorgeous film that came close to a nom but didn't get one. Also, I think "The Cow That Wanted To Be a Hamburger" should have gotten a nod, but it also failed to get one.
And my short called "Santa, the Fascist Years" was labeled by many people as a surefire Oscar winner. But because I failed to see the potential in the film, I released it online first, and that is a no-no for the Academy.
So, after all this, why don't I just give up and stop worrying about the famed golden statuette? Because it's a life-changing event. Another nomination would add tremendous value to my work, whether I win or not. Besides, the Oscars are the best damn party in the world.
So, how do I deal with this massive rejection? Do I go to bed and hide for weeks? No!
Do I give up animation all together? Hell, no!
Right now I'm putting all of my energy and creativity into my new animated short, "The Loneliest Stoplight", and it's going to be the one to win the coveted Oscar statue. Even if it doesn't, I still have to believe it will!