Monday, February 14, 2011

2011 Short Films Predictions

I had an opportunity to catch the short film nominees this year, so here are my predictions on which films will win these categories.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
I have to say I'm a little disappointed that Bill Plympton's The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger wasn't nominated. It may not have won, but I think it deserved a nod.

As far as who is going to win... I think those bastards at Pixar have done it again. Such an amazing company; they keep coming through with strong movies -- shorts and features -- year after year. While all the nominees have their charms and deserve your attention, Day & Night (which you probably saw before Toy Story 3) was the real standout. I'd expect that to win. If not, The Gruffalo could come through as the victor.


BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
A very strong crop of films this year. Tough to choose a winner. God of Love was a great concept, and snappily executed. It has a good chance of winning. But the one that really sticks with me is Wish 143, about a teenager with cancer whose Make-A-Wish-type request is to lose his virginity. Funny and touching, and avoids easy sentimentality.


Unfortunately, the BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT program was unavailable to me, so I can't place an informed guess. But here are the nominees, which I'm sure deserve the attention:
  • Killing in the Name, Jed Rothstein
  • Poster Girl, Sara Nesson and Mitchell W. Block
  • Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
  • Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
  • The Warriors of Qiugang, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
The live-action and animated nominees are available through iTunes and your cable provider's on-demand starting February 22nd, presented by Shorts International. It's great that these days everyone has a chance to see these films. Be sure to check them out.

Read the rest of my 2011 Oscar predictions here.

2 comments:

Helby said...

I agree that Day & Night will probably win. Until I saw that one, I figured The Gruffalo would win - being that its longer than the others and packed with celebrity voices, similar to Wallace & Gromit last year. But Day & Night came along and all bets were off.

Joe Pontillo said...

Yes, but Wallace & Gromit didn't win last year - which was an injustice, but still.