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A scene from the NFB animated short "Wild Life"

Two National Film Board of Canada animated shorts are moving ahead in the 2011 Oscar race.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says the NFB's Dimanche/Sunday and Wild Life are among 10 animated short films on the Oscar short list.

Forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category.

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The finalists will now advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards.

Patrick Doyon directs Dimanche/Sunday and Wild Life is helmed by Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby.

Their competition includes the Warner Bros. Animation title I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat and La Luna from Pixar Animation Studios.

Also on the list are The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (Moonbot Studios); Luminaris (JPZtudio); Magic Piano (BreakThru Films) A Morning Stroll (Studio AKA); Paths of Hate (Platige Image); and Specky Four-Eyes (Vivement Lundi!).

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the short list.

Nominees for the 2011 Oscars are expected Jan. 24 and the awards show is slated for Feb. 26.

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