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    CuriousHedgehog
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    Don’t see a thread for this yet. I’ve seen 28/30 shortlisted shorts (I have 2 in live action) and I’m… okay with the nominees? Surprised to see The Human Voice absent, and upset over Yes-People being nominated, arguably the worst short of all 30.

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    Best Screenplay: Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hitman)
    Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan ("Never Rarely Sometimes Always")

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    It was indeed a surprise that Almodovar failed to make the cut.

    FYC Emmys: "The Crown" in all categories, "I May Destroy You" in all categories, "It's a Sin" in all categories, "Small Axe" in all categories, Billie Piper ("I Hate Suzie"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Stateless") and Ruth Wilson ("His Dark Materials")

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    I’m just glad The Snail and the Whale didn’t get in. I assumed it would considering how well animated shorts based on children’s picture books always did previously (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Revolting Rhymes). But it was nothing special.

    Should’ve predicted based on gut instinct rather than reason. I was more impressed by the trailer of Genius Loci than the entirety of Kapaemahu but the latter seemed to have more festival buzz around it as a “transgender, Hawaiian breakthrough” according to Indiewire. I also had Burrow initially for the Disney slot but switched to Out because of the subject matter. But they love their cute animals!

    I’m guessing the Netflix short If Anything Happens I Love You wins; the one with an animal in it has often won before but Burrow doesn’t feel quite as substantive as previous winners, plus Hair Love beat Kitbull last year. I’m going Netflix again for Documentary, A Love Song for Latasha, partly because it’s both shattering and topical, and partly because of the title (yes that can make a difference). Live Action is probably either The Letter Room or Two Distant Strangers but I haven’t seen either of them to be sure. I have seen Feeling Through and White Eye, and neither really feel like winners although I was quite fond of the latter.

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    It was indeed a surprise that Almodovar failed to make the cut.

    Perhaps voters found The Human Voice too arty/inaccessible? I was going to see it on the big screen in November but obviously that got cancelled. I don’t know much about the tone of the film or how wide a range of voters there are in stage 1.

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    Genius Loci is very very abstract, but beautifully animated. Snail and the Whale is okay, but way too long. I had Burrow AND Out in, but I should have known they weren’t going to go for 2 Disney shorts.

    I’ll continue to say Yes-People doesn’t deserve to be here, even animation wise, it’s underwhelming compared to everything else.

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    Best Screenplay: Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hitman)
    Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan ("Never Rarely Sometimes Always")

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    These categories royally pissed me off this year.

    After the longlists were announced, I quickly looked at the trailers and synopses and current IMDB scores of them all, and threw up predictions that would have been 4/5 in every category.

    Cut to this past week, I watched EVERY film that made the longlists and asked some voters what their favorites were and researched for certain things that might give certain contenders an advantage/disadvantage, and then updated my predictions…and went 2/5 in animated and 3/5 in documentary short instead.

    And they snubbed EVERY film (not just in the shorts but across the entire Oscars this year) that had a significant LGBT connection.

    😐

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    Don’t see a thread for this yet. I’ve seen 28/30 shortlisted shorts (I have 2 in live action) and I’m… okay with the nominees? Surprised to see The Human Voice absent, and upset over Yes-People being nominated, arguably the worst short of all 30.

    Where have you watched them? I’m looking forward to see those nominees:

    Best Documentary Short Subject:
    Hunger Ward

    Best Live Action Short Film:
    The Present
    Two Distant Strangers

    Best Animated Short Film:
    Genius Loci
    Opera
    Yes-People

    But can’t find them anywhere to rent, buy or watch free.

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    Where have you watched them? I’m looking forward to see those nominees: Best Documentary Short Subject: Hunger Ward Best Live Action Short Film: The Present Two Distant Strangers Best Animated Short Film: Genius Loci Opera Yes-People But can’t find them anywhere to rent, buy or watch free.

    I got them through a friend. Hunger Ward is very good, very hard to watch, but a very deserved nomination. The two live action shorts I haven’t gotten to, but will soon.

    Genius Loci was okay, beautifully animated but a bit too abstract for me. Opera is good, mesmerizing and beautiful. Yes-People is boring, dull, and I have no idea why it was shortlisted, let alone nominated. It’s just a 5 or something minute short about these people that can only say yes, and the animation isn’t even impressive.

    Out of these, Hunger Ward possibly was the one that could possibly win, though I’d say it’s competition is a Love song for Latasha could be hard to beat.

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    Best Screenplay: Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hitman)
    Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan ("Never Rarely Sometimes Always")

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    ooh I see, good that are good nominees. looking forward to see soo 🙂

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    I’ve seen those nominees:

    Animated Short:

    – Burrow is cute and I felt like I needed to cry, it’s not special, but I liked a lot;

    – If Anything Happens I Love You is one I like, but I think it could be better. The premise is very strong and the scene with the american flag is powerful, but the end didn’t get me at all.

    Documentary Short:

    – A Love Song for Latasha: It’s great that the doc is trying to give a face, an identity and personality to a person, but I somehow think they didn’t use the best ”form” to do this. It’s a good doc, but it could’ve been great.

    – A Concerto Is a Conversation: Good timeline to show that people can somehow win, but the excess of close ups was not a good idea to elevate the material. It’s not bad per si, but it’s not great either.

    – Colette: What I loved most is that the central person is a very tough and unusual one, the scene with the mayor or how Colette snaps all the time at ”stupid questions” is intring. The end is powerful and somehow I like the use of pictures/editing very much in this one.

    – Do Not Split: My favorite so far. It’s a part of very important thing that happened, literally, now with really great images and a towering message. I was intriged from the beginning to the end, hope it wins.

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    And they snubbed EVERY film (not just in the shorts but across the entire Oscars this year) that had a significant LGBT connection.

    Exactly! Since “In a Heartbeat” failed to get nominated that year, I got a feeling “Out” will miss animated short. Even “Two of Us” missed international and “Welcome to Chechnya” missed documentary, but I actually think the latter is rough so I’m not mad. These 3 misses were all within my prediction because (I thought) they secretly couldn’t embrace LGBT+ works as much as we did in these categories.

    “Burrow” is such a generic work with generic story. It getting nominated over Kapaemahu and Out really pissed me off. Winner should be “If Anything Happens I Love You.”

    Coen-Lynch-Fellini

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    A good number of these shorts are online this year, since I doubt they’re doing the film presentations. Some are on the New York Times site, YouTube, etc. You just have to do some digging.

    Can’t believe they snubbed Almodóvar! I had him #1 in my predictions winning an easy Oscar, and now it’s back to the drawing board.

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    Can’t believe they snubbed Almodóvar! I had him #1 in my predictions winning an easy Oscar, and now it’s back to the drawing board.

    I wonder if voters wanted to prevent a big name from scooping up the win too easily when these categories are typically reserved for up-and-comers.

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    Most of the things I found are teaser/trailers, I’m waiting for them to appear on VEVO to rent/buy as soon as possible.

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    Firstly, I should probably state that I’m LGBT. Now, I’m probably in the minority here where I preferred Burrow to Out. Something about the gimmick in Out didn’t 100% work for me, but damn did I relate to that little rabbit in Out. Conversely, how they thought Yes-People was a better short than Kapaemahu, I have no idea. However, I’m almost certain that If Anything Happens, I Love You will win.

    FYC:

    Best Screenplay: Never Rarely Sometimes Always (Eliza Hitman)
    Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan ("Never Rarely Sometimes Always")

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