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 Posted:   Feb 14, 2017 - 6:04 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Here are the nominees this year:

2016 (89th)

Blind Vaysha – National Film Board of Canada – Theodore Ushev
Borrowed Time – Quorum Films – Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – Massive Swerve Studios/Passion Pictures Animation – Robert Valley and Cara Speller
Pearl – Evil Eye Pictures/Google Spotlight Stories/Passion Pictures – Patrick Osborne
Piper – Pixar – Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer


I think Pear Cider or Borrowed Time ought to win.

I think Pear Cider will probably win.

I hope Piper does not win. Pixar is just giving me a headache with its endless cute.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2017 - 1:49 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I like animated films that do things that live action films can't do as easily. And the story-telling in "Pear Cider and Cigarettes" was a bit too conventional for me. My favorite was "Pearl," which takes us through a span of about 20 years or so. "Pear Cider" also covers an extended timeline, and has more striking animation, so I would't be sorry to see that one win. Entertainment Weekly is predicting a win for "Piper" however.

 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2017 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I like animated films that do things that live action films can't do as easily.

Agreed.


My favorite was "Pearl," which takes us through a span of about 20 years or so.

A win there would have been a great encouragement for a small-scale artist, so that would have been nice, much like "Fresh Guacamole."

Entertainment Weekly is predicting a win for "Piper" however.

My feelings about this studio of late are well-documented in the thread above. frown

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2018 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I hope NEGATIVE SPACE wins, but it won't because Oscars seem never to go to tiny films that are fun. Ditto with GARDEN PARTY.

I'm betting on REVOLTING RHYMES, then.

LOU: better than the recent Pixar twee-ness, but still not interesting enough for me.

DEAR BASKETBALL: Puh-lease, does a multi-million-dollar industry and one of its stars NEED more accolades????

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2018 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I enjoyed REVOLTING RHYMES the most, but much more for its story and dialogue (from several Roald Dahl poems) than for the computer animation, which was not particularly creative. I'm going to have to track down Part 2 of that film.

Animation-wise, I thought GARDEN PARTY had the superior visuals.

You certainly can't rule out DEAR BASKETBALL. The Academy loves to recognize stars in areas outside of film. On Best Song, for example, the bigger the pop/rock star that sings the tune, the more likely it is for that song to win an Oscar.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2018 - 4:21 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I'm wearing animated shorts.

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2018 - 5:33 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I enjoyed REVOLTING RHYMES the most, but much more for its story and dialogue (from several Roald Dahl poems) than for the computer animation, which was not particularly creative.




I agree. I'm only betting on it because The Academy Public dotes on "bigger is better", in my opinion.

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2018 - 5:34 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)



Animation-wise, I thought GARDEN PARTY had the superior visuals.



Agreed. It also had that "French" sense of humor, which will be lost on The Academy Public, in my opinion.

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2018 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


You certainly can't rule out DEAR BASKETBALL. The Academy loves to recognize stars in areas outside of film. On Best Song, for example, the bigger the pop/rock star that sings the tune, the more likely it is for that song to win an Oscar.


I'd say "the bigger the hit the tune is, the more likely to win the Oscar," no matter who performs it.

e.g. How big a star was Casey Cisyk? (or Debby Boone when she re-recorded it, for that matter)



EDIT: Dig those duds on the conductor!

 
 Posted:   Feb 23, 2018 - 5:40 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I'm wearing animated shorts.

Video, or it didn't happen! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2018 - 9:50 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

DEAR BASKETBALL: Puh-lease, does a multi-million-dollar industry and one of its stars NEED more accolades????
----------------------------------------------------
You certainly can't rule out DEAR BASKETBALL. The Academy loves to recognize stars in areas outside of film. On Best Song, for example, the bigger the pop/rock star that sings the tune, the more likely it is for that song to win an Oscar.


BEST ANIMATED SHORT: DEAR BASKETBALL

What did I tell you? The Academy is nothing if not predictable.

 
 Posted:   Mar 6, 2018 - 7:04 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)



BEST ANIMATED SHORT: DEAR BASKETBALL

What did I tell you? The Academy is nothing if not predictable.




No kidding. Pfff.

And thanks Bob, for being one of the few who posts in this thread.

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


What I've got to look forward to once they come to the theaters soon:

Animal Behaviour
Bao
Late Afternoon
One Small Step
Weekends

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2019 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Hey, people. It doesn't have to be just Bob and me in this thread anymore. YOU, TOO can watch these films on demand, starting 2/19:

https://shorts.tv/theoscarshorts/online-and-vod/

 
 Posted:   Feb 7, 2019 - 7:13 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Not sold yet? Watch the trailer:


 
 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2019 - 12:02 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The short films don't open at my theater until next week--and then only the animated and live action shorts. There is only one theater in the entire area that shows the documentary shorts. It's about an hour away. One year I made the pilgrimage there only to find a theater so small that the screen was about the size of a 50-inch flat-screen and the seats were folding chairs set up in rows. I haven't been back.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2019 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I want to win:

WEEKENDS, or
second choice LATE AFTERNOON
WEEKENDS had interesting artwork, and an interesting narrative structure.

(But they won't win, because I'm generally wrong about this stuff.)

Probably will win:

BAO (Puh-lease. Pixar doing their usual cute-for-cute's-sake.) or
ONE SMALL STEP (Believe it or not, people, this short is proof that there are now Pixar-wannabe's.)

I think both have equal chance of winning because Oscar members can't get past cute, and are now in love with congratulating themselves for being inclusive.

If ANIMAL BEHAVIOR wins, I'll be surprised, because the others are more of what Oscar usually rewards. It is, though, worth seeing for its moments of clever writing.

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2019 - 6:53 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

The short films don't open at my theater until next week--and then only the animated and live action shorts.

Maybe they'll be available at the download link above on 2/19.

 
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