The Envelope, Please: Celebrating the Kickstarter Creators Nominated for Oscars

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Here at Kickstarter HQ, we're eagerly counting down to Sunday, when we'll be celebrating the film industry's biggest night: the Academy Awards. Since 2011, at least one Kickstarter-funded film has been nominated for an Oscar each year — including one win in 2013 for Inocente, which took home a statue for Best Documentary Short. 

This year, we're rooting for the incredible works of three Kickstarter creators who have made the coveted cut. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Anomalisa, which was funded on Kickstarter with the help of 5,770 backers, is nominated for Best Animated Feature, while Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow, now available on Blu-ray thanks to 4,478 passionate fans, is nominated for Best Animated Short. We're also singing the praises of "Manta Ray" by J. Ralph and Anonhi (formerly known as Antony Hegarty), which is nominated for Best Original Song. "Manta Ray" appeared in the film Racing Extinction — which was titled The Heist when 1,086 backers helped bring it to life.

David Thewlis voices Michael Stone and Jennifer Jason Leigh voices Lisa Hesselman in Anomalisa. © 2015 Paramount Pictures.  All Rights Reserved.
David Thewlis voices Michael Stone and Jennifer Jason Leigh voices Lisa Hesselman in Anomalisa. © 2015 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

To help you get psyched for Sunday's big celebration, we've rounded up trailers from every Kickstarter-funded film to earn an Oscar nod to date. Head over to our Watch Now page to see some of these fantastic films in full!

2016: World of Tomorrow, Nominated for Best Animated Short

 2016: Anomalisa, Nominated for Best Animated Feature

2016: Racing Extinction, "Manta Ray" Nominated for Best Original Song

2015: Finding Vivan Maier, Nominated for Best Documentary Feature

2014: The SquareNominated for Best Documentary Feature

2013: Inocente, WINNER for Best Documentary Short

2013: Kings Point, Nominated for Best Documentary Short

2013: Buzkashi Boys, Nominated for Best Live Action Short

2012: Incident in New Baghdad, Nominated for Best Documentary Short

2012: The Barber of Birmingham, Nominated for Best Documentary Short

2011: Sun Come Up, Nominated for Best Documentary Short

 Congratulations to this year's nominees — we'll be rooting for you!