WATCH: 'Gravity' Short by Jonas Cuaron Is Eligible as Oscar Live-Action Short (VIDEO)

by Anne Thompson
November 20, 2013 5:07 PM
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Last time I saw "Gravity" co-writer Jonas Cuaron, I asked him when we could see the short "Aningaaq" that he made to accompany his father Alfonso's film, which is kicking ass at the box office all over the world ($500 million and counting) and is one of two Oscar frontrunners so far. He said they were working on it. And so they were.

Now we can finally see that seven-minute companion piece (below) which was originally intended after viewings in Telluride and Venice as a Warner Home Video extra on the Blu-ray. It shows the other side of a crucial scene where Sandra Bullock's stranded astronaut Ryan Stone makes radio contact with someone on Earth. Now Warners has submitted the film for Oscar consideration in the live-action short category, "where it would make Academy Awards history as the first feature and spinoff short drawn from the same material to be nominated together in the same year," points out THR. More details on the short at In Contention.

Inspired by the filmmakers' location scouting for the movie, "Aningaaq" follows an Inuit fisherman on a fjord in Greenland. The run-and-gun shoot was filmed by a ten-person crew on a budget of about $100,000. Bullock has been singing the short's praises since her Toronto press conference, below.

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  • William Spiritdancer | November 22, 2013 4:44 AMReply

    Did he have to shoot the dog? Also I would rather that guy have been left to my imagination. This did not work, it made Dr. Stone seem to self-centered. Yes she was dying but what was the point of this to show how no one cares or how indifferent the world was, nature was to her suffering? The opening scene was good but the dialog with the hunter was not the best and did he have to shoot the dog?

  • anonymous | November 22, 2013 3:00 AMReply

    This stinks of rule breaking and nepotism, and so many yucky Hollywood things, not to mention just pure bad sportsmanship. Shorts should be made to be shorts, self-contained and made only for the sake of making a short. I trust the short film branch will already weed this out, but I think AMPAS needs some new rules to disallow deleted scenes or sequences from feature films, especially studio films, from having duplicate submissions as shorts. After all, it's not the end (award) that's important, it's the means and the short film competition is to encourage new filmmakers not to prop up some huge Hollywood blockbuster made by established talent and its privileged offspring.

  • M. | November 20, 2013 9:25 PMReply

    I enjoy the minimal style but really ... I concur, waste of 100k

  • KC | November 20, 2013 6:15 PMReply

    Sorry to Jonas, but the short looks like a waste of $100,000. I also think it takes away from gravity. I'd prefer to have not watched it, though I did give it a chance.

  • tyler4all | November 20, 2013 7:37 PM

    I agree. I wish I hadn't seen this. what a waste of 100k. dreadful. Gravity was good. not.

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