Saturday, February 7, 2009

"One (er... Three) Categories at a Time" - The Shorts

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

This year's class isn't as strong as the last two year's have been, but there is still some good creative work on display. Of the four nominees I've seen, my vote would go the the hilarious Pixar short Presto. However, I predict the one that will win is the only one I haven't seen, La Maison en Petits Cubes. My reasoning? For the last five consecutive years, this award has gone to the short with the longest runtime. At 13 minutes, that makes La Maison the automatic frontrunner, not to mention that it clearly looks like the artsiest nominee of the bunch.
Will win: La Maison en Petits Cubes

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT

Kris Tapely always does a nice job of clueing us into what these underseen films are about and who could win. It seems to me like the Holocaust-based short Spielzeugland (Toyland) is the most likely to win.
Will win: Spielzeugland (Toyland)

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Being the longest of the nominees and having already won the International Documentary Association's award for best short film, it seems like Smile Pinki is as good a bet as any for its touching story of a girlin India with a cleft palate. If not that one, go with The Conscience of Nhem En, which has the benefit of a baity topic (takeover of Cambodia by the Kmer Rouge) and being by past Oscar winner Steve Ozaki (sometimes who you know is more incentive to vote for a film than the film itself).
Will win: The Conscience of Nhem En

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