I’ve just watched all of the animated, all of the live action and all of the documentary shorts. ¬†I will attempt to review them with the caveat that — and this is very important, readers — what I like hardly ever wins in these categories.
At first pass through all of these, two things stand out: the first? There is no bad apple. ¬†They are all pretty great. ¬†The second? Although there is one American short among the live action, it is remarkable that so many of them are British – this goes for animated too. ¬†The American ones seem more cynical, less hopeful, less sentimental – and of course, we’re seeing the same thing play out in the Best Picture race this year: the one British film is the most sentimental and will likely win on February 27. ¬†One wonders why, with all of the film schools and all of the film students in this country, there aren’t more American filmmakers. ¬†One wonders! Are we just less educated? Are we too locked in to our directorial icons and therefore have to template out to say, a Tarantino or a Scorsese or a Woody Allen? ¬†I don’t know the answer.
Either which way, here are my reviews, rankings and predictions (take the predictions with a grain of salt).