OSCARS: Live-Action Short Nominee 'Henry' – Video By The Deadline Team February 17, 2013 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: ‘Sniper’, ‘Boy Next Door’, ‘Mortdecai’ Up In Actuals; ‘Taken 3′ Cume Shifts: Intl BO Berlin Announces International Jury, Matthew Weiner And Audrey Tautou Among Line-Up Russian Spy Ring News Blends Into ‘The Americans’ & ‘Allegiance’ Marketing MORE This just in: Alessandro Nivola On ‘Selma’, ‘Violent Year’ And Bradley Cooper: Conversations With Jeremy Gerard Mark Ruffalo Goes All Twitter For SAG Award Speech Oscars: Adam Levine To Perform Best Song Nominee “Lost Stars” You May Also Like: Feature Alessandro Nivola On 'Selma', 'Violent Year' And Bradley Cooper: Conversations… EXCLUSIVE: It's tempting to say that Alessandro Nivola lives a charmed… Awards Mark Ruffalo Goes All Twitter For SAG Award Speech Mark Ruffalo went to bed early last night in London for an early call on… Awards Oscars: Adam Levine To Perform Best Song Nominee "Lost Stars" These announcements will come fast and furious now as the Oscar producers… Flash Mob 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Photos The People Magazine Awards Party Pics Gotham Independent Film Awards Party Pics 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.