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Director: Bill Plympton
Kudos: none yet
Lowdown: It's been a decade since Plympton was last nominated for an Oscar, but he has a couple of shots at it this year with contenders in both the short ("Footprints") and feature ("Cheatin'") categories. As for "Footprints," if you're a fan of the animator's signature aesthetic and tone, you'll dig it. Its cyclical narrative has something to say about irrational fear and paranoia, and it leaves a mark. It's usually Plympton's more accessible works that find love from the branch, though, and this one is shaggy and fierce. But I know I'm pulling for it.