Patrick Osborne (animator)

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Patrick Osborne
Patrick OsborneCC2016.jpg
Osborne at San Diego Comic-Con 2016
Occupationanimator, screenwriter and film director
Years active2005–present

Patrick Osborne is an American animator, screenwriter and film director. He won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his 2014 film Feast.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Osborne grew up in the Cincinnati suburb of Green Township, went to The Our Lady of the Visitation School (Cincinnati) for middle school, and graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati in 1999.[2] He earned a degree in computer animation from the Ringling College of Art and Design in 2003.[3]


Osborne's directorial debut was the short film Feast (2014), about a Boston Terrier who loves getting fed junk food. The short was produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and premiered in front of Big Hero 6 (2014) in theaters. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2015.

Osborne had previously worked as an animator on films such as Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Bolt (2008).[citation needed]

Osborne's wife also worked on Frozen.

Osborne directed Pearl for Google's Spotlight Stories, a short film about the relationship between a father and his daughter.[4] The film is set entirely in a car and shows the decay of the car and the structure of the film reflects the song which plays throughout it. It uses cuts, which were previously unexplored, and over forty sets, which is more than any other of the Google Spotlight shorts. For his work on the film, Osborne was again nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2017.

Osborne served as animation director for the ABC comedy series Imaginary Mary (which he co-created alongside The Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg) until it was cancelled in 2017. He is directing Paul Popue's graphic novel Battling Boy.

Osborne has been selected by Paramount Pictures and Weed Road to direct a film version of the video game Monument Valley, originally developed by Ustwo in 2015.[5]


  • Feast (2014) - writer, director (short film)
  • Pearl (2016) - writer, director (short film)
  • Imaginary Mary (2017) - co-creator, executive producer, animation director (TV series)
  • Nimona (2022) - director


  1. ^ Full list of 2015 Oscar winners by Variety
  2. ^ Motsinger, Carol (February 20, 2015). "Cincinnati childhood inspired Oscar nominee". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  3. ^ "Ringling Alumni Work on Academy Award Winning Films, Win Oscars" (Press release). Sarasota, Florida: Ringling College of Art and Design. February 23, 2015. Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (28 May 2015). "Oscar-Winning 'Feast' Director Creating 360-Degree Short Film for Google (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (August 22, 2018). "Paramount, Weed Road Tap Patrick Osborne For 'Monument Valley' Mobile Game Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 22, 2018.

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