Sunday, May 8, 2016

Hit Me With Your Best Shot - World of Tomorrow

In the past few years, the number of blogs dedicated to covering the Oscars has grown quite tremendously. This officially counts as an Oscar blog, I suppose, albeit one that focuses solely on a single category. With so many options I suppose you have many to choose from as to which to follow. For me I usually stick with Sasha Stone's Awards Daily and Nathaniel Rogers's The Film Experience. I suppose the latter is more of a general film blog than a blog dedicated to the Oscar, but I first followed it for its predictions and insights in the Oscar race. This was back when I was hoping that Spirited Away would win an Oscar, so I've been a semi-loyal reader for a good 13 years now.

One thing that the site does well is that in the down months for Oscars, it hosts events where readers can participate, such as the Supporting Actress Smackdown, where readers can rate all of the nominees for Best Supporting Actress in a certain year. Five years ago they offered a contest for a Blu-Ray copy of West Side Story in honor of the 50th anniversary. I went out on a limb and entered (and was actually one of the winners). But for the most part I've only been an observer posting a few comments here and there. And this includes their most enduring series, Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot is pretty much as the title suggests. They bring up a movie and we pick one shot that we feel is the best. Then we post it on our blog and at the end we can see what every viewer picked as the best shot for that one particular movie. Anyways, it's interesting to see, but I never felt the need to participate. It would be kind of weird to do a HMWYBS about a non-animated short film on this site about the Best Animated Short category. Until I saw what would be the topic for this coming week.

That's right: one of the two short films that can be chosen is none other than Don Hertzfeldt's Oscar nominated World of Tomorrow. Now as a blog dedicated to the Best Animated Short category, how could I not enter? Especially for the film that I felt should have won the Oscar (over the good but not quite as good Bear Story?)

But then I came across another reason why I never entered these HMWYBS events? What exactly is the best shot in World of Tomorrow?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Best Animated Short - 2015

Well, it's that time of year again, time for me to stop ignoring my blog and actually write something for once. With all but one of the nominees seen and reviewed, I'm at the point where I'd either have to write some content about topics that are not related to this category or wait around for the nominees every year. So far I've been too lazy to write original content, so I'm just waiting around for the nominees, and now comes the point where I can't delay any longer and write the review, because I finally seen all of the nominees.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Best Animated Short 2015 - Nominees

So yeah, as loyal reader Sean Ramsdell noted, the Oscar nominees were announced today. I actually woke up in time to watch them (not too bad considering they were at 7:30 and I had to be at work by 8:15) after getting back from an interview in Boise at 2:30. However, I missed the actual Best Animated Short announcement by Guillermo del Toro and two-time Oscar winner Ang Lee due to computer issues. However, it didn't take too long for the full set of nominees to make it online. The tricky part was just finding time to write about them. I've only seen three of the five, so the full review won't come up until I see the last two.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Best Animated Short 2015 - The Shortlist

Well, the Academy screening committee has viewed all of the qualifying films for this year's Best Animated Short race, and they've put in their ratings. And the fine folks at PriceWaterhouse Cooper have tabulated all of the ratings, and from that they've figured out the ten films with the highest rating, which were announced last Thursday. These are the ten films that will be moving on, to face another round of showings to be seen by the nominating committee, who will put in their own rankings. The five films with the highest average score will become the nominees to be announced in January. Meanwhile the 50 films that have not made it into the shortlist will be there, either online or in somebody's collection, but largely forgotten.

But let's not concern ourselves about those fifty films. We're here to focus on the Best Animated Short category, so let's take a look at the ten films that still have a shot, first for a nomination and then for the win. One of these will be the winner. Which one will it be?

Apologies for the late entry, almost a week after the shortlist was announced. I'm sure I could have found time between interview and Ponyville Ciderfest, and dealing with a cold, but as it stands, I was far from being the first blogger to have a more detailed look at the shortlisted films. Tim from the Film Experience, a much more prolific animation historian, beat me to it, but hey, mine has trailers and stuff.

Here are the previous entries about the shortlist.
Top 5 films 2009-2013 that were not nominated

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Best Animated Short 2015 - The Longlist

Well, after several months of ignoring this blog, things have come to the point where I can no longer continue doing so. Yes, the Best Animated Short race for 2015 has begun. November is around the time when the Academy announces the shortlist of ten films that will be up for the nomination, but when checking Cartoon Brew I noticed that they had announced the longlist of all the films that qualify...a week ago. Yes, that means I am already a week behind.

So rather than wait for the shortlist, let's take a look at the 60 films that qualified, similar to what we did three years ago, with embeds to the film or  the trailer if possible. I would have more to say, but as somebody that doesn't go to film festivals there's really not much I can do. Here's a take from somebody that presumably has actually seen most of these films.