Indian-American director’s animated short nominated for Oscars

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Short film Director Sanjay Patel of "Sanjay's Super Team" is photographed on April 8, 2015 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)
Short film Director Sanjay Patel of “Sanjay’s Super Team” is photographed on April 8, 2015 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

By Sugandha Rawal

LOS ANGELES– Indian-American Pixar artist and director Sanjay Patel’s animated short film “Sanjay’s Super Team” has been nominated for the upcoming 88th Academy Awards.

Sanjay's Super Team Poster
Sanjay’s Super Team Poster

The film has been nominated in the Best Animated Short Film category along with four other movies.

Patel’s movie will be competing with “Bear Story”, directed by Gabriel Osorio, “World of Tomorrow”, helmed by Don Hertzfeldt, Richard Williams’s “Prologue” and “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos”, directed by Konstantin Bronzit.

“Sanjay’s Super Team”, inspired by Patel’s own childhood when he felt conflicted by the modern world and Hindu traditions of his family, follows the daydream of a young Indian boy, bored with his father’s religious meditation, who imagines Hindu gods as superheroes.

Celebrated directors Guillermo del Toro and Ang Lee presented some of the 2016 Academy Award nominees on Thursday from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The 88th Academy Awards will take place on February 28 here.

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