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'The Simpsons' Oscars Nomination: 'The Longest Daycare' Nominated For Best Animated Short

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"The Simpsons" is heading to the Oscars!

"Simpsons" animator David Silverman is up for Best Animated Short for "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare.'" The news was announced during Thursday's Oscars nominations event.

"The Longest Daycare" was attached to prints of "Ice Age: Continental Drift," which hit theaters in July. The four-minute short focuses on Maggie's journey in the Ayn Rand School for Tots, a school shown in the Season 4 Simpsons episode, "A Streetcar Named Marge."

Silverman took to Twitter to react to his Oscars nomination and offer a few "thank you's" to those who worked on "The Longest Daycare."

David Silverman
There's a lot of people I gotta thank -- Academy nom for "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare.'" I can't believe it.

Silverman directed numerous episodes of the "Simpsons" television series as well as "The Simpsons Movie."

Although 2007's "Simpson's Movie" raked in more than $527 million worldwide and was nominated for a Golden Globe, this is the first Academy Awards nomination for the animated series.

Other nominees in the Best Animated Short category include: Minkyu Lee's "Adam and Dog;" PES' "Fresh Guacamole;" Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly's "Head over Heels;" and John Kahrs' "Paperman."

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