Academy names its shortlist of 10 live-action shorts


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British actor John Hurt might not have received a nomination for a SAG Award on Wednesday morning, but he does star in two of the 10 live action short films selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its Oscar shortlist. This first round of voting pared 107 qualified shorts down to a list of 10 possible Academy Award contenders announced Wednesday.

The 10 qualifying shorts are:

‘Je Pourrais Être Votre Grand-Mère (I Could Be Your Grandmother),’ directed and produced by Bernard Tanguy


‘Love at First Sight,’ directed by Michael Davies, produced by Sandra Gorel

‘Pentecost,’ directed by Peter McDonald

‘Raju,’ directed by Max Zähle, produced by Stefan Gieren

‘The Road Home,’ directed and produced by Rahul Gandotra, produced by Ameenah Ayub

‘The Roar of the Sea,’ directed by Ana Rocha Fernandes and Torsten Truscheit

‘Sailcloth,’ directed and produced by Elfar Adalsteins

‘The Shore,’ directed and produced by Terry George

‘Time Freak,’ directed by Andrew Bowler, produced by Gigi Causey

‘Tuba Atlantic,’ directed by Hallvar Witzø

British actor Hurt stars in “Love at First Sight” and “Sailcloth,” while Ciarán Hinds leads “The Shore.” (Interestingly, both currently appear in the all-star British cast of “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy.”) The list is otherwise devoid of big-name actors.

Qualified film “The Sea Is All I Know,” starring recent Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, did not make the cut, and neither did “African Chelsea,” which starred Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland and received a big grass-roots promotional push.

Members of the academy’s short films and feature animation branch will select three to five nominees from the shortlist, to be announced Jan. 24.

The 84th Academy Awards will be presented on Feb. 26.


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