Oscar Nominated Shorts 2013
Since 2005, ShortsHD has been releasing the Oscar nominated shorts in three programs — Animation, Live Action, and Documentary — in theaters in the month leading up to the ceremony. This year as an added treat, each program is “hosted” by past winners. The animated shorts program will be hosted by Bill Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, who won the Academy Award for their film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore [Trailer]. The live action program will be hosted by Luke Matheny, who won the Academy Award for his film God of Love [Trailer]. And the documentary program will be hosted by Daniel Junge, who won the award for co-directing Saving Face.
The animation program lasts for 88 minutes and includes some non-nominated films as well. The nominated films featured are: Adam & Dog by Minkyu Lee, which tells the story of a dog who meets up with Adam and Eve in Eden just before their fall. While this feature is really beautiful, I wish it had a little more to say for itself. Few found connection to the world. While Fresh Guacamole by PES was a great piece of stop-motion, though it doesn’t really have anything to say either.
Head Over Heels by Timothy Reckart is also a stop-motion piece, a wonderful look at an old married couple who have found themselves so drifted apart that one lives on the ceiling while the other on the ground floor. Fans of The Simpsons will enjoy a light, and surprising short, considering its title with Maggie Simpson, in The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare by David Silverman. And Disney’s Paperman byJohn Kahrs, which combines hand-drawn animation with CGI in a touching short that muses on the humdrum of everyday life and the chances one will take to find the love of their life.