OSCARS: Live-Action Short Nominee 'Henry' – Video By The Deadline Team February 17, 2013 3:39pm 8 Email From Canada, here’s another short Oscar contender, Henry, written and directed by Yan England. Deadline.com Awards OSCARS Q&A… This just in: ‘Tomorrowland’ Nosing Out ‘Pitch Perfect’ For No. 1; ‘Mad Max’ Holds Strong; ‘Ultron’ To Cross $400M – Box Office Saturday How Director Rick Famuyiwa Grew ‘Dope’ – Cannes Q&A Michael Fassbender In ‘Macbeth': A Pair Of Clips From Cannes MORE This just in: Un Certain Regard Winners: ‘Rams’, ‘The High Sun’, ‘Treasure’ & More – Cannes ‘Son Of Saul’ Wins FIPRESCI; Ecumenical Jury Honors ‘Mia Madre’ – Cannes Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman On Almost Passing On ‘Jane The Virgin’, Pace, Title Change & How Will It End You May Also Like: Awards Un Certain Regard Winners: 'Rams', 'The High Sun', 'Treasure' & More &ndash… Awards 'Son Of Saul' Wins FIPRESCI; Ecumenical Jury Honors 'Mia Madre' – Cannes Dialogue Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman On Almost Passing On 'Jane The Virgin', Pace… PHOTOS ‘Carol’ Premiere – Cannes – Photo Gallery ‘Mad Men’ Live Read and Series Finale – Photo Gallery ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Los Angeles Premiere – Photo Gallery 2015 Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony And ‘La Tete Haute’ Premiere This is a beautiful film ! I saw this last night, along with the other four nominees in the live-action short category. Of the five, I felt it was the weakest. For me, it just didn’t go anywhere–or maybe the problem was that I saw exactly where it was going. I think that Curfew is the one to beat. How can you not be touched? This is a beautiful movie! Maudlin and treacly. Asad is the best of the five nominated live action shorts and Adam and Dog the best of the animated shorts. I hope this doesn’t win but suspect all the blue hairs in the Academy, bemoaning the loss of their own youth and being sentimental about their own withering lives, will vote for it. A shame. Not a good short at all. Overly long and sentimental; Henry is actually the worst of the bunch. The best live actions shorts are Curfew, which features a little girl who will be a star very soon, and Buzkashi boys, a slick, over-long (aren’t they all?) film about two Afghani boys with huge production value and a non-Afghani creative team (so how it’s really an Afghan film is beyond me). Asad isn’t a bad movie, but it switches genres at the very end and, it too, is grossly over-long. Death of a Shadow is interesting — or would’ve been at half its length. We get the metaphor very quickly and then guess the ending far before it comes. So for your office pools: the live action Oscar will go to either Curfew for its fun deadbeat guy-smart little girl dynamic, or to Buzkashi Boys, to assuage us all of the mess we’ve made in Afghanistan. I’d give it to Curfew for its lack of any hidden agenda. But the prediction is B Boys. Not sure if it will win, but it is a very touching short. I read it was a personal story. I think Henry is the least imaginative of the live-action short nominees. The protagonist is too automatically a sympathetic character. Buzkashiu Boys is my choice. I’m trying to find the quote that rolled on the screen at the end of Henry. It touched me and I’d like to share it with friends, but I can’t find it! Help!! Comments are closed.