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

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 20, 2013 at 5:07PM

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.
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'Gravity'
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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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.