Short Films Nominated For Oscars

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How does a live action short film get to be nominated for Oscar?
    how can a short film enter the race for a nomination ? besides being good and stuff, and from where do the academy members choose the short films?

    • ANSWER:
      You put your name in a bucket, light a match, and hope yours is one of the 5 names that remain after the rest light up the sky.

      Actually, I think it's more related to being a short film that wins another festival (i.e. Sundance) first. If it's not a winner of something else first, there's no way in hell it's getting selected for the Oscars.

      As far as which 5 they'll choose, maybe that's determined by the Academy's mood that day. It probably wouldn't hurt to have connections, though!

      Beyond that, good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    How small can a role be and still be given an Oscar nomination?
    I know it would never happen, but is it possible for an actor with a two minute scene to get nominated for an Oscar? Or on another note, could an actor in a short film be nominated?

    • ANSWER:
      The categories are LEADING actor/actress

      and Actor/Actress in a supporting role.

      A brief but startling cameo can do the trick, I recall that Judy Dench won her Best Actress in a Supporting Role for: Shakespeare in Love in 1998 and had barely ten minutes of screen time.

      Short films have their own category, I don't think that an actor in one has even been nominated, never mind won, but I'm happy to stand corrected.

  3. QUESTION:
    How can I watch short films?
    I want to watch short films such as the ones that were nominated at the Oscars but youtube only shows clips of 46 seconds not 15 minutes. Any suggestions or websites?

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  4. QUESTION:
    How do Animated Short-films get nominated for the Oscars?
    After completing the Animated film,
    Do we have to submit it anywhere or
    Should we post it in Youtube...
    Please help me...

    • ANSWER:
      Someone has to nominate YOU through a big important committee that you will never be recognized by.

  5. QUESTION:
    Where can i see the oscar nominated movies?
    I would like to know where I could watch the documentary shorts, short film animated, and short film live action.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Seeing all of these before the Oscar ceremonies could present a problem. Some will be tacked on with other projects (like a bonus feature), while others will have a limited release.
      Try looking the movies up on-line, and see if they are available from a rental store.
      Also, the official Oscar website might have details about how to view the films.

  6. QUESTION:
    What was danish short film about the fairy tale the red shoes?
    So I have to write a compare and contrast paper over a fairy tale. I would like to do it over the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale Red Shoes. I was having trouble finding a modern variant to compare it to so I asked my teacher for some advice. She said there was a Danish short film that was nominated for an Oscar, some time in the last decade, that would be perfect. Problem is the only things she remember are that it's in Danish, it was nominated sometime in the last decade, it was about 11 minutes long, and that it was about that fairy tale. Unfortunately nothing about what it was called exactly or who it was directed by, what year it was. I know it's a long shot but any help would be great. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm Danish and I did a Danish short film search for you and didn't manage to find a Danish shortfilm over the theme The Red Shoes, which was nominated for an oscar within the last decade.

      The fairy tale is a part of the 1948 oscar winning movie with the same name, though. Maybe you can use this?

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040725/

  7. QUESTION:
    What Dutch Film would you recommend for someone learning Dutch?
    I am currently learning Dutch and would like to watch a Dutch film (preferably with English subtitles) so that I can learn Dutch whilst watching. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      1. If you have started studying Dutch there can be a great help from the children's cartoons like "Nijntje" (known worldwide as Miffi). Check out some cartoons on YouTube: they are very short, simple and understandable even for 3-5 year old kids. They helped me a lot.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P2jbkTJI6E
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN_HWMfYHEc
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSEbG2ii68o&feature=related

      Here is a selection of Nijntje DVDs released in The Netherlands, you can see the the original versions: http://www.freerecordshop.nl/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/FreeRecordShop-FRS_B2C_NL-Site/nl_NL/-/EUR/ViewFas-List;pgid=7FWGaYD0CvtSR0czkTiH2yE00000WQQDljPI?fh_Params=fh_location%3D%252f%252ffrs%252fnl_NL%252fsite%253e%257bfreerecordshop%257d%252f_personsn%253e%257b480749%257d%252fcategories%253c%257bfrs_02%257d%26fh_reftheme%3Dpromo_nl_BE_113045015%252cseeall%252c%252f%252ffrs%252fnl_NL%252fsite%253e%257bfreerecordshop%257d%252f_personsn%253e%257b480749%257d%26fh_refview%3Dsummary&SubCat=02 (I order from this web-shop in NL, they say they send products outside the country, but I am not sure it is the best deal for you)

      Looking for more gratis episodes of Nijtje (Miffi) watch out: some clips may contain adult content decorated as the cartoon!

      2. There were Dutch film being nominated or winning international awards, including Oscars. They are available in different versions (synchronized or subtitled)

      "Zus & Zo" http://www.allmovie.com/dvd/zus-and-zo-38830 It's a comedy and it should have English subtitles.
      "Antonia" (for the foreign market "Antonia's Life") http://www.allmovie.com/work/antonias-line-134973

      The following films are directed by famous Paul Verhoeven and they aren't for children.

      "Zwartboek" with Carise van Houten http://www.allmovie.com/work/black-book-334955 (with the link to the official site)
      "Soldaat van Oranje" http://www.allmovie.com/work/soldier-of-orange-45513
      "Turks Fruit" http://www.allmovie.com/work/turkish-delight-51242

      3. Any foreign film released in The Netherlands isn't synchronized, but subtitled. It can be helpful to watch some of your favorite movies following the Dutch text.

  8. QUESTION:
    Who will win the Academy Award 4 Animated Feature Film?
    The nominees are...

    "Bolt"
    "Kung Fu Panda"
    "Wall-E"

    I'd place my bet on the Walt Disney pick, & I don't mean "Bolt." After all, "Wall-E" ain't just nominated for Anim8d Feature Film. But talk about mere Disney domination if they also win for Short Film ("Presto").

    So which film did you like? The 81st Oscars take place February 22 on ABC.

    • ANSWER:
      Wall-E, as it is the more stunning film

  9. QUESTION:
    where can you watch short films full length?
    the ones that was nominated on the oscars for example time freak, the fantastic flying book. If you know please give me the links.

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  10. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy Oscar nominated films?
    I'm looking for one place to buy some of the not so well known films. I really want to find a place to get the short films and the foreign films. Does anyone know if there is a website that actually sells these films. I'm not looking for the blockbuster movies.

    • ANSWER:
      Ebay.

      That's where you'll find foreign or out of print movies for cheap. Forget actually going to a store; I live in Southern California and we have our fare share of stores that sell rare movies, but really it's such a pain to drive to them and most of the stores jack up their prices because the film is rare.

      I ebay all my hard to get films and I usually get them at a cheaper price. Just make sure when you are buying a film on ebay to check out the DVD details section. Also if you are getting foreign films make sure you get a all region dvd player or a region 2 dvd player. A lot of times foreign film companies have exclusive distribution deals with regional distributors, so when those films come to America they are either a poor transfer or they are a bad bootleg.

  11. QUESTION:
    What was that short animation before the movie UP started playing?
    The one with pelicans, clouds, and new born(s)?

    • ANSWER:
      "Partly Cloudy"

      first film directed by Peter Sohna,Veteran Pixar animator

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y6zNZhB6Lg

      it was also the only the second theatrical Pixar short not to be nominated for an Oscar, a shame because it was one of my favorites.

  12. QUESTION:
    How have female film directors pursued success and what are their limitations in Hollywood?
    How the roles of female directors have changed in the film industry?

    Quotes from famous icons upon this view...

    • ANSWER:
      This is a big topic; short answer: Not much has changed. In the '80s and '90s, Penny Marshall and Nora Ephron (and to a lesser extent, Penelope Spheeris and Betty Thomas) transcended the glass ceiling and proved that women could direct movies with big blockbuster box office grosses, and Kathryn Bigelow proved women could handle big-budget action movies (Point Break, etc), but still, few directing jobs on mainstream movies go to women. Percentagewise, it's still in the single digits, and the increasing prevalence of female studio executives and producers hasn't made any difference; they're no more willing to hire women directors than their male counterparts are. No woman has ever won a Best Directing Oscar (though Sofia Coppola came close with her screenwriting Oscar for Lost in Translation), and very, very few have even been nominated. Independent and foreign films are still much more hospitable to women directors than mainstream Hollywood. I do predict that Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (due in December) will be a huge hit, but it'll be seen as an isolated example and will not open many (or perhaps any) doors for other women directors.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do the Oscars (Academy Awards) work?
    What I mean is how do actors and movies get nominated? I always thought that the academy members or whatever just went out to see films and decided who should be nominated - but I have been told recently that someone needs to .. nominate them to be nominated for an oscar?
    I don't know...

    Sooo, how do the Oscars work??

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to provide a "short" version.

      First, films must be of a certain length & play for a specified amount of time in certain markets.

      When a film makes the "okay" list from the Academy, the studios then put together screening dates for those films, mostly at studios, sometimes at rented screening rooms. Members of the Academy then go see those films & vote on which ones they want to be "in the running" for Best Picture.

      From those nominations, the top x-number of films are chosen, from which the Best Picture votes are taken.

      For Acting, only Actors do the first round of voting for x-amount of nominations for the final ballot. When the final actor selections are chosen, the all members of the Academy can vote.

  14. QUESTION:
    How has Charlie Chaplin impacted the Silent Era?
    How did he influence the Silent Era?

    What is the significant of "The Tramp" character and how did it impact silent movies?

    Thank you for taking the time in answering!

    Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      Charles Chaplin's impact in the Silent Era was tremendous.

      "Chaplin's "tramp" character is possibly the most imitated on all levels of entertainment. Chaplin once entered a "Chaplin look-alike" competition and did not make the final round. The influence of his 'Tramp' character could be seen on other artists and media providers. Beginning early on there were many tributes, and parodies made. E. C. Segar's 1916 comic strip "Charlie Chaplin's Comedy Capers" is an early example. Segar's 'Chaplin' comics would later be collected in 1917 into five books, precursors of the later comic book format. Two different animated cartoon series also starred 'Charlie' a tramp character, the first a series of nine shorts from 1916 by Movca Film Service. And later ten films by the Pat Sullivan Studio from 1918–1919, which would later use the 'Charlie/Charley' gestures to create Felix the Cat, the character made one later appearance in one of Felix's 1923 cartoons "Felix in Hollywood".

      * From 1917 to 1918, silent film actor Billy West made more than 20 films as a comedian precisely imitating Chaplin's tramp character, makeup and costume.
      * The third of composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann's 1929–30 composition Wachsfigurenkabinett: Fünf kleine Opern (Waxworks: Five Little Operas) is entitled 'Chaplin-Ford-Trot', and features the character of Charlie Chaplin (in a speaking rather than operatic role).
      * Kamal Haasan moulded his character "Chaplin Chellappa" on Chaplin in the Tamil film Punnagai Mannan
      * In 1985, Chaplin was honoured with his image on a postage stamp of the United Kingdom, and in 1994 he appeared on a United States postage stamp designed by caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.
      * John Woo directed a parody film of Chaplin's "The Kid" called Hua ji shi dai (1981), also known as "Laughing Times."
      * A minor planet, 3623 Chaplin, discovered by Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Karachkina in 1981, is named after Chaplin.
      * In 1992, a film was made about Chaplin's life entitled Chaplin, directed by Oscar-winner Richard Attenborough, and starring Robert Downey, Jr., in an Oscar-nominated performance, and Geraldine Chaplin playing the part of Charlie Chaplin's mother, her own grandmother.
      * In 2001, British comedian Eddie Izzard played Chaplin in Peter Bogdanovich's film, The Cat's Meow, which speculated about the still-unsolved death of producer Thomas H. Ince during a yachting party thrown by William Randolph Hearst, of which Chaplin was a guest.
      * On 15 April 2011, a day before his 122nd birthday anniversary, Google celebrated this with a special Google Doodle video on its global and other country-wide homepages."

      Good luck to you and have a pleasant day.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why are actresses careers seemingly shorter than actors careers?
    How many times have you watched a movie, thought that actress was pretty good, hope she does some more stuff, then she disappears off the face of the earth?

    Why is that?

    • ANSWER:
      There is definitely a sexism problem with Hollywood, and there are many reasons for it. One, the studio system is not kind to women after a certain age. Even a supremely gifted actress like Meryl Streep has to fight for roles. It's not a given that she can get her projects vetted or even on the screen simply because of her age. Great Actresses like Holly Hunter, Glenn Close, and Geena Davis have all moved over to television where they command good money and better roles. Second, the box office is not there for older women. Young men and women will not go and see a Meryl Streep unless it is part of an ABBA movie. Doubt for which Meryl Streep was Oscar nominated did very small business at the box office. Third, men and teenage boys just won't go and see chic flics on a regular basis, where as teenage girls and women will idolize and continue to watch older male stars on film.
      Last but not least, much of the blame goes on modern society. We have become a shallow society of vain people. Idolizing those that are young, good looking. Lastly, we have become a pornutopia society. Where actresses with little talent suddenly spring up like Paris Hilton, that have little talent for anything except self promotion, which in part is fueled by her sex videos on the internet.

  16. QUESTION:
    I want to be a director/ mabye screen writer, how do i start?

    • ANSWER:
      It first depends on your age level, and what your experience is. But regardless of whether you've graduated with a bachelor in English or Film or whether you only have a high school degree, it's really important to read, read, read. I started out wanting to be a screenwriter and actor. Now, I'm getting better at it, and I actually write short stories, too.

      But step #1: Read. Why? to find out what you really think about important issues that people make films about, to narrow down your style, to know what's been done before so you can be the one to make something new and original, that people will want to see.

      I started about five years ago, and I heard the same thing: read, read, read. It was sort of unsettling, because I've always loved watching movies, but I didn't want to read that much fiction, because I thought it was boring. Still, it's important: get passionately in love with reading books, somehow. You might be able to get by without that love, but it's important to be a reader, if you want to be a writer. You can't put OUT and create unless a lot of information and creativity is coming IN.

      I'd say the second thing would be to watch a lot of films, as well, while you're reading.

      Step 2: watch lots of films.

      Obviously the art of filmmaking is subjective, but these below are some of the filmmakers who are most well respected, who do the art form the most justice. If you only want to make money as a screenwriter/director and if you're not overly concerned with making "good" films, good luck, it's really a crapshoot. However, if you are interested in the art form itself, you should study from the best.

      Great filmmakers who they show at film schools:

      Fellini, Bergman, Hitchcock, Chaplin, Sidney Lumet, Scorcese, Kirosawa, Ozu.

      Filmmakers who would be best to study if you're not that "well-versed" in the filmmaking process yet:

      Scorcese, Woody Allen "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," (for comedic structure, dialogue), Sidney Lumet, and certainly, something that I did was to always watch the Oscar's (although the award shows are a bit cheesy), and watch the films that were nominated for oscars and won Oscar's each year. For instance, this year: Milk, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, Benjamin Button.

      Watch these films, ask yourself what you think of them. If you don't like them because 1. they're boring 2. they're depressing.....then maybe you should try to ask yourself if you're thinking outside the box enough.

      I would read movie reviews online as well, too. If a movie critic I respected loved something I wasn't sure about, sometimes I would withold my criticism of the film, merely because I knew that this particular movie critic was more experienced and knowledgable about films than me.

      So that is step 2, the best way to getting yourself acquainted with what you like: Watch movies, watch movies, so you know what's been done.

      Something that is a combination of step one and 2 is not only reading about those films, but also reading about HOW to write the films in the way successful screenwriters/directors do it. I've posted a link below that is a good source/book to learn from. I have learned quite a bit from Christian Blake's advice.

      Third step: I would make as many contacts as you can. If you like the theatre community, if you can act, then that can often be a good way first.
      Or: find a group of friends and make a short film first, with them, and then submit that short film to local festivals in your area.

      The advice I'd give (from experience) on making films with friends: make sure they are dedicated. It's pretty frustrating to have partners that aren't committed to the project, and that is the most upsetting thing about independent films.

      Taking screenwriting classes is also a good way to make contacts, and better your skills. But I'll see if I can link you to Christian Blake's page, he knows what he's talking about in terms of structure.

      I think that'd be a good way to start, after you go with 1. read. 2. watch lots of movies 3. make contacts.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are all the Cinderella based movies?
    There's a lot of them I know. Not just the original cartoon either.

    • ANSWER:
      * Cinderella (1899), the first ever film version, produced in Germany by Georges Méliès.
      * Cinderella (1911), a silent film starring Florence La Badie
      * Cinderella (1914), a silent film starring Mary Pickford
      * Cinderella, an animated Laugh-O-Gram produced by Walt Disney, first released on December 6, 1922. This film was about 7.5 minutes long.
      * Poor Cinderella (1934), a Fleischer Studios animated short film starring Betty Boop
      * Cinderella Meets Fella, (1938), a Merrie Melodies animated short film
      * Cinderella (Зо́лушка) (1947), a Soviet musical film by Lenfilm studios, starring Erast Garin and Faina Ranevskaya
      * Cinderella, an animated feature released on February 15, 1950, now considered one of Disney's classics. A direct-to-video sequel, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, was released in 2002. A second direct-to-video sequel Cinderella III: A Twist in Time was released in 2007.
      * Aschenputtel (1955), West German film, dubbed into English and released in the USA in 1966 as Cinderella.
      * The Glass Slipper (1955), feature film with Leslie Caron and Michael Wilding
      * Cinderfella (1960), notable in that the main character is a man, played by Jerry Lewis
      * Popelka (Cinderella, 1969), a Czech musical film
      * Hey, Cinderella! (1970), a 60-minute film produced by the Jim Henson Company. This comedy version features Jim Henson's trademark Muppets (including a small role by Kermit the Frog).
      * Sinderella Kül Kedisi (1971) Turkish film with Zeynep Değirmencioğlu
      * Tři oříšky pro Popelku / Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel (Three Nuts for Cinderella; known in the UK as Three Gifts for Cinderella), a Czech-German movie released in 1973
      * The Slipper and the Rose, a 1976 British musical film starring Gemma Craven and Richard Chamberlain.
      * Cinderella, a 1977 American erotic musical comedy starring Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, Brett Smiley and Sy Richardson, directed by Michael Pataki
      * Cindy (1978), made for television
      * Zolushka, a 1979 musical Soviet animated film.
      * The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin (1981), an Oscar-nominated animated short from the National Film Board of Canada[15]
      * Shinderera Monogatari
      * Hello Kitty's Cinderella (1989), an anime short film starring Hello Kitty, was released in Japan.
      * Hello Kitty - Cinderella was released in the U.S. as part of the Hello Kitty and Friends anime series.
      * Ashpet: An American Cinderella, a 1990 Southern "Appalachia" version of the story, adapted from the Brothers Grimm, starring Louise Anderson and directed by Tom Davenport.
      * If the Shoe Fits (1990), modern take on the Cinderella story set in France starring Rob Lowe and Jennifer Grey
      * Cinderella (1994), produced by Jetlag Productions and distributed by GoodTimes Entertainment, premiered on video.
      * Ever After (1998), starring Drew Barrymore
      * Cinderella (2000), a British production set in mid-20th century and starring Kathleen Turner
      * A Cinderella Story (2004), a modernization featuring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray
      * Cinderelmo, a Cinderella story featuring Sesame Street's Elmo and Keri Russell
      * Ella Enchanted (2004), featuring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Dancy, and Aidan McArdle
      * Happily N'Ever After (2007)
      * Year of the Fish (2008)
      * Heart Day, (2009), a Prince rescues a version of Cinderella named Princess Roola
      * A segment of the 2005 Turkish anthology film Istanbul Tales made up of five stories based on popular fairy tales is based on this tale in which Cinderella is a prostitute
      * Another Cinderella Story (2008) starring Selena Gomez and Drew Seeley
      * Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale (2010) starring Sterling Knight and Ashlee Hewitt

      http://www.amazon.com/Cinderella-Movies/lm/R2SEBYJ9YL7UQQ

  18. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch the short films that are nominated for Oscars tonight?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    In the Oscars (Academy Awards), is there a category called 'Best Animated Film/Movie'?
    Me and a group of colleagues were having a discussion on 'Avatar', and during that discussion we had a small debate as to whether there a category in the Oscars for 'the best animated movie'...

    Thanks for letting me know!

    • ANSWER:
      Short answer: yes. They have two actually. One called 'Best Animated Feature Film' and 'Best Animated Short.' Avatar wouldn't be animated because it had a lot of live action in it as well. It is actually nominated for 'Best Picture' this year.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why did Alan Arkin win an Academy Award for Little Miss Sunshine?
    Don't get me wrong, I like Arkin and the movie. In fact, some of the movie's best moments were thanks to him. But, it also felt like the character was ripped off; (spoiler) he died probably before the halfway point of the movie, depriving him of further moments of hiliarty, which made me unable to believe he really deserved the award.

    • ANSWER:
      You're not alone in asking this question. He wasn't in it for very long but in fairness, it was a supporting actor award - those roles are never the main ones in the film. Arkin is always great and I really loved his performance in the film - in some respects he was one of the best things about it.

      That year he was up against some actors who were not well known but he was also up against Mark Wahlberg for the Departed and Eddie Murphy for Dreamgirls. I saw all the films nominated and personally felt Eddie Murphy should have won that year. I hated Dreamgirls but Murphy was nothing short of spectacular in it - it's easily the best thing he'd done to date.

      I think the main reason that they gave it to Arkin is that he's been nominated for so many things before and he was the oldest of the nominees. It's not fair, but Oscar often gives the nod to actors when 'it's time' as opposed to awarding it specifically for that performance in that film.

  21. QUESTION:
    As Democrats prepare to nominate bama for a second term with the economy as a chief issue in the campaign?
    did food-stamp use reach a record 46.7 million people in June, 2012?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it did. Check DNC's schedule here:

      DNC's schedule:

      4:00 PM - Opening Flag Burning Ceremony - sponsored by CNN and ACLU
      4:05 PM - Singing of "God Damn America" led by Reverend Jeremiah Wright
      4:10 PM - Pledge of Allegiance to Obama Almighty followed by Free Popcorn gifts - led by Oprah/supervised by Black Panthers
      4:15 PM – Ceremonial “I Hate America” led by Michelle Obama.
      4:30 PM - " Dream Act", or How to Eliminate National Security Concerns by Eliminating the USA's Borders " - Hillary Clinton
      4:45 PM - Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson seminar "How to Have a Successful career Without Having a Job"
      5:00 PM - "Great Vacations I've Taken on the Taxpayer's Dime Travel Log" - Michelle Obama
      5:30 PM - Eliot Spitzer Speaks on "Family Values" via Satellite
      5:45 PM - Tribute to All 57 States - Nancy Pelosi on Betty White's background
      6:00 PM - Senator Harry Reid - 90-minute speech expressing the Democrat's appreciation of the Occupy Wall Street movement,George Soros, Nation of Islam, Hezbollah and Al Queda - for sparing no expense to allow Obama to unify the country, reduce national debt, improve employment and to boost the economy
      8:30 PM - A Short Presentation of Twisting the Constitution by trained and highly obedient Federal Judges (No public feeding permitted)
      9:00 PM - "Bias in Media - How We Can Make It Work 4 You" Tutorial - sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, Washington Post and NY Times
      9:15 PM - Tribute Film to Brave Freedom Fighters incarcerated at GITMO - Michael Moore
      9:45 PM - Personal Finance Seminar - Charlies (Rangle and Shumaker)
      10:00 PM - Denunciation of Bitter Gun Owners and Bible Readers followed by relaxing "Bow To Dictators" exercise
      10:30 PM - "Any American Deserves a Free Mansion and a Mercedes Benz" - Acorn Union's panel
      11:00 PM - Obama Energy Plan Symposium / Tire Gouge Demonstration / You too can get rich with Green Investment bankruptcies
      11:15 PM - "I Will Prove in the Court of Law that the President is Hawaiian-born" - Governor Blagoevich (via closed circuit TV)
      11:30 PM - Obama Accepts Oscar, Rainbow, Tony and Latin Grammy Awards
      11:45 PM - Feeding of the Delegates with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish… Obama presiding (No uncovered Christian Symbols allowed)
      12:00 AM - Official Nomination of Obama by Bill Maher and Chris "He sends a thrill up my leg" Matthews
      12:01 AM - Obama Accepts his 2nd Nomination as Lord and Savior
      12:05 AM - Celestial Choirs Sing "Mmmm...mmmm...Yammy Obamy"
      3:00 AM - Biden Delivers Acceptance Speech

  22. QUESTION:
    What did you think about the Pixar Short Films Collection DVD? Is it worth the money?
    I dont know if it i should get this movie i know if its worth the

    • ANSWER:
      I've been a Pixar fan for years, I actually have a resume with them.
      I have every movie they have ever made, all except the animated shorts. Although they were really entertaining, seems like a waste of space in my Pixar collection. What really DID caught my attention a couple weeks ago at the 2008 Academy Awards, "Presto" was a Pixar animated short that was nominated for Best Short Animation. Wall-E was also nominated for Best Animated feature. They lost the short, they gained the Oscar for Wall-E. Not only that, they performed the Wall-E featured song for Best Original Score. So as a Pixar fan, don't waste your money on the shorts. Besides, every DVD they make has a featured animation. Don't spend your money twice.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the title to this movie?
    I guess I wasn't specific enough last time.

    The movie I am looking for is I believe british and made in the 90s (I think) The plot goes something like this.

    An art student gets depressed and starts to lose sleep. At first he thinks its fun and he can read and do a bunch of stuff. But later he finds he is getting extremely bored and needs to do something so he gets a job at a convenience store. With the increasingly worse insomnia he finds he can pause time and he starts to sketch people as they are frozen in time.

    Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Cashback (2006)
      aka CashBack
      starring Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Shaun Evans, Michelle Ryan, Stuart Goodwin
      IMDb synopsis:
      When art student Ben Willis dumps his girlfriend, Suzy, he develops insomnia after finding out how quickly she moved on. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an 8-hour shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon, the quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia.
      Here's the movie trailer:

      NOTE: The movie is based on an Oscar-nominated short film of the same title.

  24. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the oscar nominated short films for this year?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.katzforums.com/showpost.php?p=2069180&postcount=1
      and
      http://www.katzforums.com/showthread.php?t=204062

  25. QUESTION:
    What short films got nominated in the oscars 2011?

    • ANSWER:
      This has them here:
      http://www.wildaboutmovies.com/2012_oscars/2012_Oscars.php

  26. QUESTION:
    whats the name of the new movie coming out by the creators of the nightmare before christmas?
    I went to the movies and saw seventeen again and there was an ad for a new movie coming out by the creators of the nightmare before christmas but i can't remember the name of it please help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You might be talking about the film 9, Tim Burton's name is attached to it as producer but it is not in any way his film. Shane Acker wrote, directed and was nominated for an Oscar for the short version of this film.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472033/

      It's not likely to be Coraline, which is from the director of the Nightmare Before Christmas Henry Selick, because that movie is already in theaters, no reason to put an ad out for a film that is already released.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can you get a short film entered into the oscars?

    • ANSWER:
      The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are honors for superior film work determined annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). They are considered by many to be the most meritorious award in the film world, and are hotly sought after by nearly everyone in the film community.A couple of things keep in mind. In the nominating processes actors vote for actors, editors for editors, directors for directors etc. And there are approximately 5500 members in the Academy.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are the nominees for the oscars this year?
    like what movies being nominated?

    • ANSWER:
      Best Motion Picture of the Year:
      Black Swan
      The Fighter
      Inception
      The Kids are All Right
      The King's Speech
      The Social Network
      127 Hours
      Toy Story 3
      True Grit
      Winter's Bone

      Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role:
      Annette Bening (The Kids are All Right)
      Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
      Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)
      Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
      Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

      Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role:
      Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
      Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
      Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
      James Franco (127 Hours)
      Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

      Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:
      Christian Bale (The Fighter)
      John Hawkes (Winter's Bone)
      Jeremy Renner (The Town)
      Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are All Right)
      Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech)

      Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:
      Amy Adams (The Fighter)
      Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech)
      Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
      Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
      Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

      Best Animated Feature Film of the Year:
      How to Train Your Dragon
      The Illusionist
      Toy Story 3

      Best Documentary Short Subject:
      Killing in the Name
      Poster Girl
      Strangers No More
      Sun Come Up
      The Warriors of Qiugang

      Best Short Film (Animated):
      Day & Night Teddy Newton
      The Gruffalo Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
      Let's Pollute Geefwee Boedoe
      The Lost Thing Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
      Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) Bastien Dubois

      Best Short Film (Live Action):
      The Confession Tanel Toom
      The Crush Michael Creagh
      God of Love Luke Matheny
      Na Wewe Ivan Goldschmidt
      Wish 143 Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

      Achievement in Art Direction:
      Alice in Wonderland
      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
      Inception
      The King's Speech
      True Grit

      Achievement in Cinematography:
      Black Swan (Matthew Libatique)
      Inception (Wally Pfister)
      The King's Speech (Danny Cohen)
      The Social Network (Jeff Cronenweth)
      True Grit (Roger Deakins)
      Achievement in Costume Design
      Alice in Wonderland (Colleen Atwood)
      I Am Love (Antonella Cannarozzi)
      The King's Speech (Jenny Beaven)
      The Tempest (Sandy Powell)
      True Grit (Mary Zophres)

      Achievement in Directing:
      Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
      David O. Russell (The Fighter)
      Tom Hooper (The King's Speech)
      David Fincher (The Social Network)
      Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)

      Best Documentary Feature
      Exit through the Gift Shop Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures):
      Gasland Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)
      Inside Job Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)
      Restrepo Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)
      Waste Land Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)

      Achievement in Makeup:
      Barney's Version
      The Way Back
      The Wolfman

      Achievement in Film Editing:
      Black Swan (Andrew Weisblum)
      The Fighter (Pamela Martin)
      The King's Speech (Tariq Anwar)
      127 Hours (Jon Harris)
      The Social Network (Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall)

      Best Foreign Language Film of the Year:
      Biutiful (Mexico)
      Dogtooth (Greece)
      In a Better World (Denmark)
      Incendies (Canada)
      Hors la Loi (Algeria)

      Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score):
      How to Train Your Dragon (John Powell)
      Inception (Hans Zimmer)
      The King's Speech (Alexandre Desplat)
      127 Hours (A.R. Rahman)
      The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)

      Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song):
      "Coming Home" from Country Strong Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
      "I See the Light" from Tangled Music and Lyric by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
      "If I Rise" from 127 Hours Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
      "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

      Achievement in Sound Editing:
      Inception
      Toy Story 3
      TRON: Legacy
      True Grit
      Unstoppable

      Achievement in Sound Mixing:
      Inception
      The King's Speech
      Salt
      The Social Network
      True Grit

      Achievement in Visual Effects:
      Alice in Wonderland
      Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
      Hereafter
      Inception
      Iron Man 2

      Adapted Screenplay:
      127 Hours (Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle)
      The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
      Toy Story 3 (Michael Arndt, story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
      True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
      Winter's Bone (Debra Granik and Anne Rossellini)

      Original Screenplay
      Another Year (Mike Leigh)
      The Fighter (Paul Attanasio, Lewis Colich, Eric Johnson, Scott Silverand Paul Tamasy)
      Inception (Christopher Nolan)
      The Kids are All Right (Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko)
      The King's Speech (David Seidler)

  29. QUESTION:
    Where do you go to see the short films that are Oscar nominated?
    Animated and Live action short films are made every year and are nominated for Oscars. I'd like to know where one would go to see those films or from where one would rent those films.

    • ANSWER:
      Last year's "shorts" were issued on a dvd("A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films"), and it's at rental stores, on Netflix, and on Amazon.com.
      The films were terrific, too. Hope this year they issue the same DVD for 2006 films.....

  30. QUESTION:
    How does Juno get nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, BUT NOT ZODIAC?
    How the fuck is Zodiac not nominated for anything?

    It's truly a visual masterpiece.

    Zodiac should be in Juno's place.
    For an Oscar.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I loved "Juno" but I agree with you that "Zodiac" was totally deserving of more nominations than it received.

      Paramount did, in fact, launch a pretty aggressive Oscar campaign for the film. However, they were also pushing "There Will Be Blood" and "No Country For Old Men" at the same time.

      Also, "Zodiac" came out earlier in the year than the five nominated films did. It's a sad truth that Oscar voters tend to have a short memory. They remember the movies they've seen recently and forget ones that came out before September.

  31. QUESTION:
    What have been your favorite movies of 2010?
    Any genre, any language...

    What makes the list of the best in 2010 for you?

    • ANSWER:
      Alice in Wonderland14.
      This curious 3-D adaptation proved to be the perfect fit for visionary director Tim Burton, who once again captured solid performances from Johnny Depp (hilarious as the Mad Hatter) and Helena Bonham Carter (deliciously chilling as the Red Queen), as well as newcomer Mia Wasikowska, also seen in this summer's 'The Kids Are All Right.' And with its eye-popping visuals and clever take on Lewis Carroll's novel, it's no wonder Burton's 'Alice' has grossed over billion worldwide.

      The Other Guys13.
      After a couple of hiccups, Will Ferrell returns to fine form in this hilarious buddy-cop comedy opposite Mark Wahlberg. The film ranks among Ferrell's best collaborations with director Adam McKay ('Talladega Nights,' 'Anchorman'), and has enough laughs and surprises to keep audiences satisfied well past its awesome end credits. Best of all: It's even better a second time.

      Splice11.
      Not quite horror, not quite sci-fi and not quite romance, this movie manages to transcend genre. Full of suspense, laughs and shocking moments, 'Splice' isn't afraid to ask the difficult moral questions that most movies seek to avoid.

      Kick-Ass9.
      The box office for this comic action flick never lived up to the fanboys' hype, maybe because watching 11-year-old Hit Girl (the eye-opening Chloe Moretz) efficiently (and heroically) slay people wasn't everyone's cup of tea. But for those who took the violence for what it was -- a deliberately exaggerated part of the film's comic-book world -- 'Kick-Ass' was every adolescent's fantasies come to life and made awesome. In short, it kicked ... well, you know.

      Despicable Me8. '
      This colorful animated flick is filled with plenty of slapstick gags, clever gadgets, quirky spy humor and great voiceover work from funnyman Steve Carell. It also features the weirdest-looking minions, whose goofy antics steal the whole show.

      Scott Pilgrim vs. the World6. '
      Based on the popular comic book, this cult film, about a teen (Michael Cera) who must defeat seven men to win the heart of his crush, was clearly made for the videogame crowd. But don't let its hipster style fool you: At its core, 'Scott Pilgrim' is a fun action movie that appeals to a much wider audience than one might expect. (Like these beloved movies, perhaps it'll find a better audience outside the theater?)

      The Kids Are All Right5.
      In a season of epic blockbusters and sequels, this little indie that could, about the children of lesbian parents who track down their sperm-donor father, stood out as one of the summer's best films, thanks to excellent direction, writing and acting, especially from the sure-to-be-Oscar-nominated Annette Bening, in her best performance since 'American Beauty.' The kids may be 'All Right,' but this hilarious and touching comedy is superb.

      The Secret in Their Eyes4.
      This Argentinean masterpiece (an Academy Award winner for Best Foreign-Language Film) follows a retired criminal court investigator as he revisits a 25-year-old unresolved murder case. It's a stunning tour-de-force that explores the depths of human emotions -- love, fear, loneliness, yearning, hate -- disguised as a police procedural mystery that effortlessly juggles romance, comedy, suspense and political commentary.

      How to Train Your Dragon3.
      A heart-warming story about a boy and his dragon, 'How to Train Your Dragon,' about a Viking teenager (Jay Baruchel) who befriends his dragon, is a genuinely emotional film that features lots of exciting and dazzling adventure sequences. Better yet: Unlike so many films released this year, its 3-D is actually worth the extra price of admission.

      Inception2.
      From the great mind of director Christopher Nolan, 'Inception' was arguably the most talked about and revisited film of the summer, thanks to its twists, turns and much-debated cliffhanger ending. With a dream cast that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard and Tom Hardy, this box-office smash had audiences thinking and debating in a season normally reserved for mindless entertainment. The ending may still be up for debate, but 'Inception' is the real deal.

      Toy Story 31.
      With expectations higher than 'Avatar's' box office, it seemed impossible for 'Toy Story 3' to live up to its predecessors. But leave it to Pixar to craft a threequel that is every bit as good as 'Toy Story' 1 and 2 -- a joyous, entertaining and heartwarming film that will make you laugh as much as it will make you cry. Once again, Pixar went to infinity, and beyond our expectations, and in doing so, created the best film of the year so far.

  32. QUESTION:
    Seniors did you see the movie The Hunger Games?
    If so, what did you think?

    This film seems to polarise people, with some really liking it and some hating it ... So I'm interested in what people with life experience think

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a "senior" yet, but I'm now over 50. Is my opinion acceptable?

      My husband and I both loved the book (the two sequels were disappointing), and we thought the film captured it rather well. From a technical point-of-view, there was nothing to complain about, except that my husband disliked the hand-held camera in the District 12 scenes. The performances were fine, and some were outstanding. I had picked out Jennifer Lawrence as an excellent possibility for Katniss back when I saw her in "Winter's Bone," and I thought she was very well cast. However, the best performance was Woody Harrelson's. I'd nominate him for an Oscar, if I had the power.

      A couple of things irritated me: the Capitol looked too much like a plausible city. I would have preferred something odder, more fantastic, to go with the Capitol residents' outre costumes. I also felt that doing away with the weird hybrid creatures, incorporating the dead tributes, that attack Katniss, Peeta, and Cato at the end was a bit of a mistake, though given the number of fairly young filmgoers they were expecting, perhaps they thought those creatures would be too traumatizing. Hence, the vicious doglike replacements.

      I did not think the film was too violent. I knew what was coming, of course, and there were a lot of jump cuts rather than a great deal of explicit violence.

      If you are asking about the content, remember that it comes from the book. If you hated the book's disturbing premise, you'll hate the film's. However, you really have to ignore your moral and ethical qualms in order to evaluate the quality of the book's prose and plotting and of the filmmaking.

      I read David Denby's review in The New Yorker before I saw the film. He didn't like it, feeling that much of it was too slow. It could have been tightened somewhat, it was surprisingly long, but for the most part, I disagreed with Denby. That was an interesting surprise, since I am normally on the same page with him.

      Edit: I'm not surprised that another poster thought of Shirley Jackson's famous short story, "The Lottery," since they both involve what amounts to the ritual annual deaths of human beings, but "The Hunger Games" is really quite different. For one thing, the shock value of "The Lottery," depends on the fact that it takes place in what appears to be a very ordinary New England village. There is nothing ordinary about the locations of "The Hunger Games". There are other very significant differences; the poster got a couple of important details wrong.

      Dr. Spike, it's nothing like the "Twilight" stories.

  33. QUESTION:
    Where can I see this years Oscar nominated short action live films?
    Like the door, instead of abracadabra, Kavi....

    • ANSWER:
      you can watch oscar nomination videos on the
      http://www.thetvland.com/

  34. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch the short films that were nominated fro Oscars?
    I really want to watch Om Natten (german with subtitles) which was nominated for an Oscar. Where can I watch it? I have checked youtube, but if you find it could you post a link? Or if you know a site? THanks!

    • ANSWER:
      www.worldspace.nu/

      then after the slash, put the tittle of the the one you want to see.

  35. QUESTION:
    what movie has a guy who works at a supermarket to pay for his college. I think he has a british accent.?
    Another thing is that he's an artist and he can freeze time in his mind and this is going to sound weird but there is one scene where he takes the clothes off of a woman in the supermarket while he has time frozen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Cashback (2006)
      aka CashBack
      starring Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Shaun Evans, Michelle Ryan, Stuart Goodwin
      IMDb synopsis:
      When art student Ben Willis dumps his girlfriend Suzy, he develops insomnia after finding out how quickly she moved on. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon, the quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia.
      TRIVIA:
      The feature includes the 18-minute Oscar-nominated short film of the same title within its running time.

      In one shot, Ben clicks his fingers to start up time; it then cuts to Ben opening the door to his friend. Between those two shots is a two-year gap, as the short was filmed two years prior to the feature.
      Here's the movie trailer:

  36. QUESTION:
    where can one go to view all those short films nominated for oscars before the awards ceremony?

    • ANSWER:
      Found them!

      http://www.buzzsugar.com/2794267

  37. QUESTION:
    Did anyone else notice Nine Inch Nails won an Academy Award?
    Trent Reznor won for best original score...Is this old news to everyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope, not news to me. My posse are fanatical about the Oscars. We spent months watching as many of the nominees as possible. this year we saw ever nominee in 21 categories, only missing the Documentary, Docu Short, and Foreign Film categories in there entirety, although we still saw a few films in each of those categories. We new about Reznor being nominated back in January, and were not surprised to see him win. He joins Elton John, Eminem, and Bob Dylan.

  38. QUESTION:
    How good or bad is the movie "Saturday Night Fever"(1977)? Who stars in it? Is worth buying on DVD?
    Is the movie "Saturday Night Fever"(1977) is it any good? Who stars in it? Is it worth buying on DVD? What was the plot of this movie? Was it a good movie or bad movie? Who all stars in this movie ? Did it win any awards or anything? How well did it do with movie critics and moviegoers?Is it worth buying on DVD ? Is there any nudity,swearing or violence in it? Is it worth buying for.00?

    • ANSWER:
      it's good movie if you like

      John Travolta, and Disco music

      John Travolta was nominated for an Oscar

      I wouldn't buy it unless you really like the music and want to see Travolta on the dance floor.

      The Bee Gees are good singers, many ppl love this music, others love to hate it.

      the story isn't as good as the music and dancing.

      in the R rated versions
      Strippers dance in the club, they a few sex scenes & there is a rape. they use the f-word & c-word.

      ppl loved the movie, the critics not so much.

      why don't you check it out of your local library, then decide if you want to buy it later.

      (from imdb)
      The film was rated R when it was released in late 1977. The studio was so eager to attract more young people to the film because they were buying the soundtrack album, that the film was cut by a few minutes and the shorter version was given a PG rating. The PG version was released in 1978. Both versions were released on VHS but only the R rated version was released on DVD.

      The white polyester suit worn by John Travolta sold at auction for 5,000.
      Film critic Gene Siskel often referred to this as his favorite film. He saw it 17 times and at one time owned the famous "white suit".

      The soundtrack album sold over 20 million copies, and it was the top selling album in history until it was topped by Michael Jackson's "Thriller" six years later.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is your favorite movie that messes with your head?
    BQ: Mulholland Dr. vs Donnie Darko
    BQ2: What is your opinion of David Lynch?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure if I understand what you mean, but

      The Cell
      (I've read lots of sociopaths and serial killers' biographies and psychological portraits and can tell you - this movie depicted the inner world of a maniac just fine - it's naturally like getting into their head, you'd see exactly that, with a few differences that vary from case to case)

      American Psycho
      a mesmerizing movie, and Mary Harron's best, she should've been at least nominated for Oscar for this, and this Bateman guy is the sexiest movie "serial killer" or not in history.

      Sleuth
      I like it when only 2 people can fill the whole movie, there is not a single other character just 2 people talking to each other, but I think I held my breath for the entire movie, trying to figure who's lying now, what's the truth what's not, simply watching a damn good flick.

      Bugs
      Again, 2 or 3 characters, but to the last minute you're not quite sure what's going on, who's insane who's not, who's lying who isn't.

      Exam
      One of the best psychological thrillers I've seen - only one location, 9 (or 8, don't remember) candidates have to answer a question that they also have to find first. And it was so simple. I like it when the movie gives you a chance to solve the mystery, any viewer was able to find that question and answer it from the start, you just don't look where it is, you're looking anywhere else, but not where it is.

      BQ: Mullholland Dr.
      BQ2: he has his recognizable style, I love it, his style was already formed in his first short film ever
      Six Figures Are Getting Sick (Six Times) - that sums his style up just fine, it is actually best to dissect him through his first short films.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI_W1L-IEpg

      My fav short of his is Alphabet and Amputee is some of the most disturbing 5 minutes in my life.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKd-ykNgVxs

      When it comes to deciphering his movies, he says it himself that there's no point in doing it, most of his films are just not supposed to be deciphered, they are riddles without a key (Eraserhead, Inland Empire), you just watch those movies.

      or how Homer Simpson put it
      "It's BRILLIANT!!! But I don't get it...."

  40. QUESTION:
    How to right a film review?

    • ANSWER:
      first of all its WRITE not right
      but basically start of with a good line. IE King Kong The Eighth Wonder Of the World
      Or Atonement : the oscar nominated, high class novel from Ian Mcewan, now dramatised in an amazing new film
      Then summarise the plot-but not fully give the audience a taster, then go into the background of the film setting, [maybe period?] and talk about editing directing and special effects,
      then write about the actors perfomances,
      After this summarise the film in a short paragraph and finish with a good line.
      IE King Kong has risen again, more magnificently and beautifully then ever before.
      Hope this helps, i did this pattern and i got 18/20

  41. QUESTION:
    Who were the jusges in the 2003 Oscars?
    I can not find any information on who judges are in past oscar award ceremonies. Can anyone help???? particularlly im loOking for the individuals who judged the 2003 oscars.

    • ANSWER:
      The Oscars don't get judged.... see below

      Voters
      The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS),a professional honorary organization, maintains a voting membership of 5,829 as of 2007.[17]

      Actors constitute the largest voting bloc, numbering 1,311 members (22 percent) of the Academy's composition. Votes have been certified by the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (and its predecessor Price Waterhouse) for the past 73 annual awards ceremonies.[18]

      All AMPAS members must be invited to join by the Board of Governors, on behalf of Academy Branch Executive Committees. Membership eligibility may be achieved by a competitive nomination or a member may submit a name based on other significant contribution to the field of motion pictures.

      New membership proposals are considered annually.The Academy does not publicly disclose its membership, although as recently as 2007 press releases have announced the names of those who have been invited to join. The 2007 release also stated that it has just under 6,000 voting members. While the membership had been growing, stricter policies have kept its size steady since then.[19]

      [edit] Rules
      Today, according to Rules 2 and 3 of the official Academy Awards Rules, a film must open in the previous calendar year, from midnight at the start of January 1 to midnight at the end of December 31, in Los Angeles County, California, to qualify.[20] Rule 2 states that a film must be "feature-length", defined as a minimum of 40 minutes, except for short subject awards and it must exist either on a 35 mm or 70 mm film print or in 24 frame/s or 48 frame/s progressive scan digital cinema format with native resolution not less than 1280x720.

      The members of the various branches nominate those in their respective fields while all members may submit nominees for Best Picture. The winners are then determined by a second round of voting in which all members are then allowed to vote in most categories, including Best Picture.[21]

      As of the 79th Academy Awards, 847 members (past and present) of the Screen Actors Guild have been nominated for an Oscar (in all categories).

  42. QUESTION:
    How to become an actress?
    I'm 12 years old and I'd like to be an actor. I live in a small town, and now I'm moving to Washington D.C. As long as I can remember I dreamed of walking the red carpet and maybe even getting nominated for an Oscar. I know it's a big dream and it will be hard, but I can't imagine myself sitting in an office desk my whole life. Plus if I do fail I have a back-up plan. I just need to know how I can get started. Thanks:D

    • ANSWER:
      The steps to being an actor are the steps you take.
      Acting is usually one of three things: a Hobby, a Lifestyle and a Career.
      Already because of the three different meanings there are three different paths.
      In short, no path is the same and what worked for one person mightn't work for someone else.

      Anyone can pick Acting up as a Hobby.
      Whether it be picking up a script, grabbing yourself a camera, acting it out, filming it then uploading it to Youtube. Or seeing an audition notice in a local newspaper for an upcoming play, contacting the director, attending the audition and seeing how it goes.

      As a Lifestyle, you've decided that Acting means something more to you long term.
      Therefor it may be in your best interest to get involved with Acting Classes, Acting Schools, become a Member of a Theatre Company to generate more regular Acting Opportunities. Though how you enjoy Acting as part of your Lifestyle is up to you, same as enjoying Exercise as part of your Lifestyle.

      The website Starnow:
      http://www.starnow.com/curtisfarrell
      Provides opportunities for Actors interested in both of the above and occasional professional opportunities as well.
      For Actors in Australia I recommend against AT2 as it's very similar to Starnow - you get the same types of opportunities, though you have to pay over 0 more per year for them and they discriminate between Actors who do have an Agent and those who don't.

      If you're after Acting as a Career there are certain things inside of your control and outside of your control.
      What's inside of your control is keeping yourself ready, centered and focused - (this is usually done by keeping yourself busy with some acting opportunity whether it's paid or not). Having an Agent, representation, networking and looking for work.
      What's inside of your control are the avenues you have to generate work, what's outside of your control is the work that comes in.
      Lucky breaks are also outside of your control. You can do your best to be in the right place at the right time, though sometimes it's not a matter of what you know but who you know.

      When you're ready, here's how to Find and Apply for an Agent:
      http://www.youtube.com/user/Funstuff13613?feature=mhee#p/u/4/0nUBPVIwJTE
      It's how I got mine.

      Answers that give you a bulk ladder in how to become an actor are false.
      As anyone can become an Actor just as anyone can become a cook.
      Acting isn't the same as being famous and Acting means many different things to many different people.

      The best step for you to take, is the step that is available to you.
      Once you take that step I'm sure you will gain insight as to what you'd like to pursue and what step you'd like next to take.

      All the best :)

  43. QUESTION:
    Academy Award for Original Score - short films?
    Is it possible for a short film/documentary/animation to be nominated for Best Original Score, or is that category reserved solely for feature-length films?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there,
      I've got a copy of the Academy Awards Rules Book (yes they actually have one) in front of me, and according to (and this is last year's paper, but I assume that the rules stay mainly the same) Rule Sixteen which is Special Rules For The Music Awards, section A states:
      'An original score is a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring and is written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer.'
      They have not actually defined what a motion picture is, but i assume that it is self-explainatory. It a collection of many pictures that are placed together that move to show motion.

      However google defines it as:
      "a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement; "they went to a movie every Saturday night"; "the film was shot on location"

      So there you go :)

      In basic terms, because the Academy Awards give out the Best Original Score Oscars, documentaries cannot apply for that category. Great question though!
      x

  44. QUESTION:
    Need to download short films?
    I have been desperately looking for the 2008 Oscar-nominated short films on the internet- Auf der Strecke, Manon on the Asphalt, New Boy, The Pig but have been unsuccessful so far. If anyone knows a download place or torrent please help me out.

    • ANSWER:
      try btjunkie.com

  45. QUESTION:
    How many Oscars (ALL catergories) has Pixar won?

    • ANSWER:
      Main article: List of Pixar awards and nominations (feature films)
      Pixar has released eleven feature films with 205 awards won and 211 awards nominated. The films released are: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, Toy Story 3, and Cars 2.
      [edit]Short films

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the title to this movie?
    I watched a movie a long time ago where a guy I think broke up with his gf and became an insomniac so he got a job at a convenience store and then he found that he could pause time or metaphorically maybe.

    But does anyone know what this movie was called?

    • ANSWER:
      Cashback (2006)
      aka CashBack
      starring Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Shaun Evans, Michelle Ryan, Stuart Goodwin
      IMDb synopsis:
      When art student Ben Willis dumps his girlfriend, Suzy, he develops insomnia after finding out how quickly she moved on. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an 8-hour shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon, the quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia.
      TRIVIA:
      The feature includes the 18-minute Oscar-nominated short film of the same title within its running time.
      Here's the movie trailer:

  47. QUESTION:
    What is this indie-movie about an art student faced with heart-break and insomnia?
    I saw a movie a while back about a young adult artist who gets dumped and can't sleep. After a few nights without sleep, he gets a job at a super market to kill time during his sleepless nights. He "has the ability" to freeze time and undress/draw a bunch of attractive girls from the supermarket. He falls in love with a girl from the market as well.

    What is this movie?

    Thanks!
    Not "The Science of Sleep" *

    • ANSWER:
      Cashback (2006)
      aka CashBack
      starring Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Shaun Evans, Michelle Ryan, Stuart Goodwin
      IMDb synopsis:
      When art student Ben Willis dumps his girlfriend Suzy, he develops insomnia after finding out how quickly she moved on. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colorful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour-shift. Ben's art is that he imagines himself stopping time. This way, he can appreciate the artistic beauty of the frozen world and the people inside it - especially Sharon, the quiet checkout girl, who perhaps holds the answer to solving the problem of Ben's insomnia.
      Here's the movie trailer:

      TRIVIA:
      This movie is based on the 18-minute Oscar-nominated short film of the same title.

  48. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the live action short films nominated for the oscars online?
    WHere?
    I am looking to watch them online! Not to know what they are!

    • ANSWER:
      * The Door – Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
      * Instead of Abracadabra – Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
      * Kavi – Gregg Helvey
      * Miracle Fish – Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
      * The New Tenants – Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

  49. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch the Oscar nominated animated short films?
    Every year when the Oscar nominations are announced I always wonder where I can see these animated shorts. Sometimes the Pixar ones are on one of the newly released DVDs, but most are foreign. Where can I view these? Are they online somewhere?

    • ANSWER:
      try google

  50. QUESTION:
    Where the heck does one watch "Buzkashi Boys"?
    I hate it when these stupid short stories are nominated for Oscars, because my wife wants to see them, and I find it hard to convince her that these artsy-fartsy films are shown in artsy-fartsy theaters. Does anybody know where I can see or download this short film? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy it on iTunes (well at least we can in Australia).


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