Mintleaf, thank you so much for the compliment! I'm triple, quadruple crossing my fingers it qualifies me!
I spoke with several admissions reps awhile back, and they said they're looking for potential in a portfolio first and foremost. It doesn't have to be perfectly polished work. They said they want to see a spark in the work that suggests the potential to capture movement since that's such an important part of animation. So even if you don’t feel your realism is your best work, if you have ambition and a desire to work hard, they’ll see it. That’s the most important thing.
Good luck to you and to all here! I'm crossing my fingers we all get in!