WATCH: The last 5 winners of Best Animated Short Film at the Academy Awards

From flying books to gun-toting Michelin Men, a video guide to one of the most inventive, diverse categories at the Academy Awards

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For casual viewers, the Academy Awards' Best Animated Short category can be one of the most puzzling of the evening. Though this year's crop contains a few familiar faces — including Maggie Simpson, who stars in "The Longest Daycare," and the nameless black-and-white stars of "Paperman," a short film that played before Wreck-It Ralph in theaters — it can be difficult for even the most devoted animation fans to see each year's nominees. (Watch a trailer for this year's Best Animated Short nominees below.) What does it take to be the year's Best Animated Short? For the past five years, the Academy has handed the award to a fascinating, eclectic group of films that have varied significantly in length, animation style, and country of origin. Here, watch the last five winners for Best Animated Short Film:

"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" (2011)

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