Monthly Archives: February 2014

Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live-Action

  • That Wasn’t Me (Aquel no era yo, 2012) – New title: The Third World Sucks, but Sometimes White People Make it a Little Better. This title will be used a lot in Oscar-Nominated shorts. Most years, there is one.
  • Just Before Losing Everything (Avant que de tout perdre, 2013) – My definite favorite. This was the only one of the five shorts that made me feel afraid for someone. A scene of a woman walking calmly through a department store has never been so intense.
  • Helium (2014) – New Title: Cancer Ward. We’ve all seen Cancer Ward before. Filmmakers: you can stop making Cancer Ward.
  • Do I have to Take Care of Everything (Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa?, 2012) – Next to two hack jobs trying to make me feel sad or angry and another piece that actually succeeds in making me feel fear, it’s nice to have a light bit of fluff.
  • The Voorman Problem (2012) – Amusing, contains Martin Freeman.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animated

  • Feral (2012) – There are definitely points given for being pretty. After all, this is the entertainment industry. Beyond the pretty, however, there’s not a lot to get from this one. At least it’s a story we don’t see every day.
  • Get a Horse! (2013) – Being a short from Disney about Disney and the magic of movies, I can definitely see the Academy patting themselves on the back with this one. Not my pick, though. While there’s plenty of clever meta-humor to it, there are other, more deserving pieces.
  • Mr. Hublot (2013) – Please tell my boss I won’t be in today. I have died of boredom.
  • Possessions (Tsukumo, 2012) – As with so many Japanese films, I’m still trying to see if I fully get it, or if there’s even anything to get. I’m fairly certain this is just a very pretty short film about taking care of your things, but who can say for certain?
  • Room on the Broom (2012) – Easily the most broadly appealing of the shorts, this is the one you should take your kids to see. Unless you don’t like your children, then I guess you should go with Mr. Hublot or Feral.

Other shorts shown, not nominated:

  • À la française (2012) – Good for a light chuckle. Chickens being fancy.
  • The Missing Scarf (2013) – That this was not nominated is one of the greatest shames of Academy history. Maybe it didn’t do whatever shorts need to do to qualify. If that’s the case, I expect to see this nominated next year. The Missing Scarf provides the only sincere, full-on laughter I had during the entire program of animated shorts.
  • The Blue Umbrella (2013) – Pixar phoned it in this year.