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: Barry Diller On Donald Trump: If He Wins, I’m Fleeing The Country — Or Resisting George Lopez To Star In ‘Aloha Santa’; Hope Davis Joins ‘Claire’ Lou Diamond Phillips Mobs Up ‘Blindspot’; Amanda Brooks Joins Showtime’s Lena Waithe Pilot MORE This just in: Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Fonda, Blanchett, Lionel Richie & Oscars For Sale To The Highest Bidder Fox’s Jim Gianopulos To Receive PGA’s Milestone Award Gold Derby Oscar Rankings Have ‘Spotlight’ At The Top Of The Best Picture Race With 11-to-2 Odds You May Also Like: Awards Pete Hammond's Notes On The Season: Fonda, Blanchett, Lionel Richie & Oscars… Awards Fox's Jim Gianopulos To Receive PGA's Milestone Award Awards News Gold Derby Oscar Rankings Have 'Spotlight' At The Top Of The Best Picture Race… PHOTOS Deadline Studio @ TIFF Part 3: Behind The Scenes With Kate Winslet, Jean Dujardin, Elisabeth Moss & More Deadline Studio @ TIFF Part Two: Eddie Redmayne, Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston And More Deadline Studio At TIFF Part One: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Sarah Silverman And More – Photo Gallery Emmys: Jon Hamm, Allison Janney, Christine Baranski & More Do Emmy Double Takes – Photo Gallery 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.