How Did We Do? This Year’s Oscar Shorts
As you all know, the Oscars were last Sunday, right after the Oscar Shorts Festival. So, how did we do? Did Oscar Shorts Festival audiences pick the Oscar winners? Could they be Oscar judges themselves? The short answer is… mostly.
In the Animation category, of the 85 votes cast, 40% of audience members picked Feast as their Oscar choice, and on Sunday it won the Oscar for best Animated Short. You may recognize Feast if you saw this year’s other Oscar winning animation, Big Hero 6, with which it was paired in theaters. Feast is about an always-hungry dog and his owner and how their shared love of food plays into the different stages of their lives. It’s wonderfully endearing.
In the Documentary Shorts category, 50% of the votes cast went to Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1. The film chronicles the extraordinary work of the crisis hotline respondents tasked with talking down traumatized veterans — and the support system in place to successfully intervene in crisis after crisis. You can really feel the emotions and the tension throughout the film, so it was no surprise that Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 was the winner at both the Oscars and the Oscar Shorts Festival.
In the Live Action category, the Oscar Shorts Festival audience favorite was Boogaloo and Graham, a story set in Belfast of two brothers whose father gives them two chickens to look after. Comedy ensues. Boogaloo and Graham received 36% of audience votes at the festival. The Oscars, however, had other ideas, picking The Phone Call to win the award. Did the Oscar judges see something the public didn’t? Or were they swayed by the big names, Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent, that lent their talents to the film? For festivalgoers, The Phone Call was third on the list in votes, yet they seemed to agree with Oscar judges on the first two categories. I’m not saying something is fishy there, but these numbers don’t add up.
So ends another great Oscar Shorts Festival in Trenton! We look forward to seeing you all back in 2016.