Oscars ’14: Predictions, part three - The shorts
The short-film categories are often the great mysteries of the Academy Awards, because the general audience has never seen a short film.
So if you haven't seen any of the nominees, take the day off and go see the animated and live-action nominees playing today and Thursday at the Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 South. (The documentary-short nominees played there earlier this month.)
Here, in part three of The Cricket's Oscar predictions, are his picks in the short-film categories.
The Cricket predicted the technical categories on Monday, and the craft categories on Tuesday. The specialty features (animated, documentary and foreign-language) will be covered Thursday. The major categories will get their due Friday, on this blog and in the print edition of The Salt Lake Tribune (or you can take a peek now).
The Cricket will be live-tweeting the Oscar ceremony (which starts at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time, with the pre-show red carpet coverage starting on ABC at 5 p.m.) on Sunday, at @moviecricket.
Animated short film
The nominees are... • "Feral," by Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden; "Get a Horse!," by Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim; "Mr. Hublot," by Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares; "Possessions," by Shuhei Morita; "Room on the Broom," by Max Lang and Jan Lachauer.
What will win • M-I-C, K-E-Y, M-O-U-S-Eeeeeee! "Get a Horse!," the clever homage to the mouse's early days (complete with voice work by Walt Disney himself), is the runaway favorite. (This short played in theaters before "Frozen.")
What should win • The anime-style fantasy of "Possessions" is eye-popping.
Documentary short film
The nominees are • "CaveDigger," by Jeffrey Karoff; "Facing Fear," by Jason Cohen; "Karama Has No Walls," by Sara Ishaq; "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," by Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed; "Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall," by Edgar Barens.
What will win • Hard to bet against the warm and sentimental "The Lady in Number 6," a life-affirming profile of concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who was the oldest survivor of the Holocaust at the time of this film's making. (She died last weekend in London, at the age of 110.)
What should win • The immediacy of "Karama Has No Walls," which takes viewers inside the bloody massacre of protesters in Yemen's Independence Square, is too strong to deny — even if the raw footage is sometimes too hard to take.
The nominees are... • "Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)," by Esteban Crespo; "Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)," by Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras; "Helium," by Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson; "Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)," by Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari; "The Voorman Problem," by Mark Gill and Baldwin Li.