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  • Richard R
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    Discuss each short film category in depth.

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    Richard R
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    To the best of my knowledge there is no forum dedicated to all of the short films. Since these are hard catagories to get right let’s start a discussion.

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    Richard R
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    Has anyone seen any any of the shorts?

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    Richard R
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    In the Documentary short category I wonder why Claude Lanzmann Spectres of Shoah is ranked so low. Last time I looked it was at 40 to 1 odds. HBO acquired the rights to it and i would think that would help it get in. Claude Lanzmann was also nominated for doc short at ida documentary awards and I think those doing the nominating may like it

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    I don’t know much about the documentary categories, but I do think Spectres of Shoah would be a really efficient way for the doc branch to retroactively recognize Lanzmann for filming the definitive Holocaust documentary (well, that and Renais’ Night and Fog, obviously). I’m predicting it. 

    Kris Tapley typically has decent breakdowns of the selections, and so far has documentary and animated up. I feel a little more brushed up on the animated shortlist. World of Tomorrow is still in my top 5 of films this year so far and I imagine it’ll stay there (with About Elly, Carol, Phoenix and Taxi). Hertzfeldt was previously nominated for Rejected which is still so hilarious to me, and then he did put together a collection of shorts into It’s Such a Beautiful Day which is a much deeper, darker, but altogether brilliant feature (available on Netflix). You can rent WOT on Vimeo for a few bucks which is totally worth it since you’ll probably want to watch it a few more times in the month it’ll be available to you. To me it even tops It’s Such a Beautiful Day, which is really an incredible feat. In my opinion, it’s the frontrunner. 

    It’s closest competitor would be its most visible entry from Pixar (naturally), Sanjay’s Super Team which sounds really cool but I haven’t seen it yet. Richard Williams has a new thing in the list called Prologue. He’s worked on stuff like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and is totally an animation legend, so I’m predicting that as well. 

    The others I might defer to Tapley’s judgment. I had heard really good things about If I Was a God… aesthetically, or at least I’ve heard some impressed word on it. But he also says that We Can’t Live Without Cosmos is already heralded by animators and he also calls Bear Story a threat to win, so those two might be better to go with. I’d love to hear word from anyone who’s seen those. 

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    Richard R
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    Along with Claude Lanzmann Spectres of Shoah Body Team 12 and Last Day of Freedom are nominated for ida documentary short awards so I would think that helps raise the level of awareness about them. Last Day of Freedom looks unique since it is an animated doc and I think it could resonate with the branch.

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    Richard R
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    When I saw the trailer for We can’t live without cosmos I didn’t care for it. The style of animation didn’t appeal to me but after doing some research I saw that it won awards at film festivals and people seem to like it. From what I’ve read people like the story a lot. Currently at 100 to 1 odds I think we could be underestimating it.

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    LIVE ACTION SHORT

    I’ve seen 4 of the films. In order of preference:

    DAY ONE is absolutely brilliant and riveting filmmaking and well worth the award grounded in a terrific and topical story (filmmaker Henry Hughes served a couple of tours in Afghanistan, which inspired the film).

    WINTER LIGHT is gorgeously shot, with a terrific acting turn by Raymond Barry. In its own way, a very haunting piece.

    STUTTERER is charming and falls into the category of “crowd-pleaser”, though it’s still rooted in very real emotion.

    BIS GLEICH is mostly dialogue-free, and while it’s got some nice moments, it’s far longer than it needs to be to get its point across, and I found the emotional payoff silly and pandering. But it’s sentimental and about old people, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it makes the cut.

    Always glad to see the Academy continue to honor short filmmaking, so congrats to all the short listees, and I’m looking forward to catching the others as they become available. 

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    ANIMATED SHORT

    I’ve also seen 4 of these films.  In order of preference:

    WORLD OF TOMORROW is sublimely bizarre and perversely poignant. Hertzfeldt was nominated once before, for the incredible REJECTED, and while this is a weird and wonderful film, there’s no way it could possibly win. But I still hope a nomination is possible.

    LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS is an interesting autobiographical piece with lots of visual imagination. Female filmmakers are generally in short supply in this category, so it would be nice to see a worthy film by and about women get to the final 5.

    WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT COSMOS is pretty traditional in style, though I like the period setting and small little flights of fancy. Its main attribute is its warmth. Bronzit was previously nominated for LAVATORY LOVE STORY (2008).

    SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM isn’t bad, but I rank it last of these four–not that it’s bad. I enjoyed the inclusive point-of-view and the visual design. But like most Pixar shorts, the storytelling is predictable and borders on the sentimental. Of course, because it’s paired with THE GOOD DINOSAUR, it will probably win (now that voting is open to all members instead of just those who attend specified screenings) since it will be the only one some of the AMPAS voters will have seen, screeners notwithstanding.

    I haven’t seen PROLOGUE, but it was made by Richard Williams, who earned a special Oscar for the animation in WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? (along with the VFX award), and he won this category back in 1970 for A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

    I haven’t seen IF I WAS GOD… either, but Cordell Barker was robbed of the Oscar for his 2001 short STRANGE INVADERS, and if he made the cut, it would be his third Academy nod.

    The nice thing is when the Academy does the theatrical road show of the nominated shorts, because the running times are much shorter than the Live Action or Doc categories, they often play a few of the other shortlisted films that didn’t make the final cut of 5, so it will be interesting to see which ones are available in that collection. 

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