2014 Short Film Oscar Nominations

With the Oscars looming around the corner, The Academy has announced this year’s nominees. While everyone has their eyes on The Best Picture nominees (American Hustle, Nebraska, Captain Philips, Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street & Her), we will have a quick look at this year’s Short Film nominations.

The Academy has strict rules for selected shorts where they are not allowed to be posted anywhere online, which in my opinion is quite unfortunate. These films deserve to be seen by the entire population in these moments of high interest – not 2 years later when everyone forgets about them. In light of having the hard judgement calls for the film, we have the trailers to give us a nice glimpse of what these brilliant filmmakers have created. Here are this year’s nominations:

Nominations – Live Action Short Film

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)

Paula, a Spanish aid worker, has an encounter with an African child soldier named Kaney.

aquelnoerayo.com

Helium

A dying boy finds comfort in the tales of a magical land called HELIUM, told to him by the hospital janitor.

Read our full interview with the filmmakers Anders Walter & Kim Magnusson
facebook.com/heliumshortmovie

The Voorman Problem

A psychiatrist is called to a prison to examine an inmate named Voorman, who is convinced he is a god.

thevoormanproblem.com
facebook.com/thevoormanproblem

Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)

Sini tries frantically to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children are interfering with her efforts.

Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)

Miriam has left her abusive husband and taken refuge with her children in the local supermarket where she works.

facebook.com/AvantQueDeToutPerdre
unifrance.org/film/35488/avant-que-de-tout-perdre

Nominations – Animated Short Film

Mr. Hublot

The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet.

mrhublot.zeilt.com

Feral

A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization.

danielsousa.com
dangorange.com

Get A Horse!

Mickey Mouse and his friends are enjoying a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.

Possesions

A man seeking shelter from a storm in a dilapidated shrine encounters a series of household objects inhabited by goblin spirits.

Room on the Broom

A genial witch and her cat are joined on their broom by several friends as they set off on an adventure.

Who Will Win?

If you watched any of these shorts we want to hear what you think of them and if you think they have the change to take the honour this year. As for us, having only watched Mr. Hublot out of all the nominated films, we can say that its an extraordinary short and fully deserves its nomination, and possibly more.

Here are our picks based on the trailers:

Live Action: Helium
Animated: Mr. Hublot

Let us know your picks and congratulations to all nominees, and best of luck winning the real thing!