Radiohead Animation Finalists Announced

July 17, 2008 9:04 AM ET

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The top five finalists of the Radiohead/Aniboom animation contest have been revealed. After fan voting narrowed down the 13 semi-finalists to the final five, the judging is now in the hands of the band, with Thom Yorke saying, all Yoda-like, "The Aniboom video competition. Totally blown me away it has. How the hell you pick a winner?" The finals include two videos for In Rainbows' "Reckoner" (including our personal favorite, above) and one each for "Videotape," "Weird Fishes/Arpeggio" and "15 Step." In a handwritten note signed by the band, the group said "We are proud that In Rainbows songs are the source of inspiration for so many amazing creations and we're genuinely impressed by the quality of your videos." At stake for the winner is $10,000 and the opportunity to make a full-length video for the band, which will be given web-wide distribution and marketing support from Aniboom.

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