So during the week that leads up to the Oscars they do a series of events. One of the events is a showing of all the Oscar nominated short films. This includes the live action movies and the animated films. This year I was lucky enough to get a ticket and for the first time ever I will actually have an opinion about who should win in these categories!
The event was held at The Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Jason Shwartzman hosted and following the showing of both the animated films and the live actions shorts they interviewed the directors. I have to admit I was in I movie geek heaven!
I took a couple of pics that you can see below but I don’t think they took kindly to photography so I was trying to keep things on the DL.
You can watch the interviews and some clips from the films by going to: http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2013/02/shorts.html
So now that I was actually able to see these films here are my picks for the Oscar winners with who I would like to see win and who I think will win.
I thought they were all great but the one that I enjoyed the most was Paperman. It definitely had the disney mark all over it but it had an awesome sort of classic movie vibe to it that I loved. It played during the beginning of Wreck it Ralph so some of you have probably seen this one already.
I truly think that this one might actually win it as well but I can tell you that the crowd that was there really seemed to enjoy The Longest Daycare. The simpson short starring Maggie.
Live Action Short Films
This one is really hard. I enjoyed the animated films but the live action shorts blew me away. If I was forced to pick a favorite I would have to choose Curfew. It deals with a suicidal young man that stops himself mid suicide attempt when he gets a call to come and baby sit his niece. This was the only English language film that was nominated and it really impressed me. It was quirky and reminded me of Safety Not Guaranteed in it’s style. The young girl that played the lead role Fatima Ptacek is someone to watch out for she was terrific.
Unfortunately I don’t think it is going to win. The other films were all really strong and they seemed to resonate with the audience. In particular the short Henry had the woman who was sitting next to me balling uncontrollably. I am pretty sure that one is going to win.
Anyone else out there get to see some or all of these films? I would love to hear your take on them.