Livia’s Oscar Shorts Nomination Round-Up

Written by Livia Peterson

The 90th Academy Awards will broadcast live worldwide in two weeks and hence, the Oscar loving cinephiles prefer to be prepared prior to enjoying Hollywood’s most glamorous evening and celebrate the best in motion pictures. Every year, ShortsHD theatrically release the Oscar nominated short films – live action, animation, and documentary and depending on the population of your nearest city, the cinemas will play one to three categories. With that said, the live action and animation categories are currently showing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While the animated films program feature delightful interludes in between the films, the live action films program is satisfying, but nothing to love.

It is always difficult to predict the short film categories even though you’ve seen the films. On the one hand, ‘Negative Space’ should win, but I predict ‘Lou’ will win the Academy Award. On the other hand, ‘The Silent Child’ should win, but my gut instinct is claiming ‘Dekalb Elementary’ will win the Oscar.

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Live Action

Dekalb Elementary: A school secretary administers a 911 call to resolve a shooting incident. Several shooting incidents occurred in the United States and despite the fact we haven’t completely eradicated the problem, this relevant film taps into the zeitgeist. But once again, required to be featured length to explore the characters affected by the shooting. 5/10

My Nephew Emmett: Mose Wright attempts to protect his nephew Emmett Till from racist killers. A compelling story that required to be a feature length film. 7/10

The Eleven O’Clock: An appointment between a misunderstanding patient and a psychiatrist. The patient believes he is the psychiatrist. As they attempt to cure each other, the session is completely wild. It is hysterical, even though the narrative is limited and the stereotypical characters are one dimensional. Just roll with the absurdity and it’s guaranteed you will enjoy. 8.5/10

The Silent Child: While none of the live action short film nominees delivered the emotional oomph we’ve come to expect, this film is the closest to producing heartbreak and sobs. A woman instructs a young, deaf girl sign language and the parents neglect to provide their daughter additional support (e.g. translation from English to sign language) in school. Despite the short run time, it is a powerful tale about how communication is essential to our daily lives, even to the deaf. 10/10

Watu Wote (All of Us): The Kenya and Somalia borders are considered dangerous due to terrorist attacks and yet, the Muslim passengers protect the Christian passengers during a bus ride and demonstrate solidarity is able to prevail. It’s heroism at the most basic level, but providing the passengers character development would allow compassion. Alas, feature length suits the fascinating narrative. 5/10

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Dear Basketball: An animated narration of Kobe Bryant’s poem ‘Dear Basketball’. Simple, but sends a powerful message about pursuing one’s dreans and never giving up. Persistence allows one to move up in their desired industry if setting goals and determined to give it your all. 9/10

Garden Party: A few amphibians explore the surroundings and follow their primal instincts in a desolate upscale home. Just a cute film with a nonexistent narrative, nothing more and nothing less. 4.5/10

Lou: A young boy must return the lost and found items. We’ve come to expect greatness from the legendary Pixar, but ‘Lou’ initiates no effort in trying to stand out, even with spectacular animation and an adequate message. 5.5/10

Negative Space: Sam’s father is rarely home due to business trips; however, the father instructs Sam how to pack luggage. Impeccably examines the long distance father and son dynamic with beautiful animation, this is my favorite out of the animated nominees. 10/10

Revolting Rhymes: Based on poems by Roald Dahl, a wolf narrates to a woman about how Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Cinderella, Jack, and the pigs intersect. While ‘Revolting Rhymes’ is divided into two parts, both thirty minutes each according to the Internet Movie Database, part one is nominated for the Academy Award and Jack’s story is told in the latter film. Since part one leaves you with a cliffhanger, of course – you’ll be speculating where you can watch part two, despite the fact it did not receive a nomination.

The fairy tales combined is a odd synthesis, as one will likely receive the most out of reading or watching the the folk tales separately, especially the children. This is just a rudimentary reiteration for the adults. Predictable and subpar animation and yet, unexpectedly witty and provides moral lessons. 7/10

(Shorts HD included three additional short films in the animated program.)

Lost Property Office: A gentleman protects the misplaced items in the city transit’s Lost Property Office. While he tinkers with the items, the toy robot gramophone keep him company. Full of whimsy and definitely wish this could’ve received a nomination. 9/10

Weeds: An adorable film about weeds maturing into flowers. Aww, aww, and aww. 4/10

Achoo!: A dragon who cannot breathe fire overcomes his weakness to enjoy the New Year’s celebration in ancient China. A simple but sweet coming of age tale. 5/10



The Odysseys 2017: Public Vote Categories

Each year we like to put some of our Odyssey categories to the public vote – this year we have added an extra one into the mix which is our newest category – ‘Best Netflix Original’.

You can see the nominations below and you can SUBMIT YOUR VOTES HERE.

Please feel free to share the submissions link with friends and film fans alike!


The date of our awards show will be revealed shortly… 


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The Odysseys 2017: The Nominations Are In!

We’ve been working hard over the last several weeks bringing together our team, partners, and film fans, to help us with this years Odysseys awards! We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the nomination process – your support and love for films never ceases to amaze us!

Before we get to the good stuff, we’d just like to make it clear that the films nominated were all released in the UK during 2017 – therefore the likes of ‘La La Land’ and ‘Moonlight’ were eligible to be voted despite releasing in 2016 in the U.S. Likewise, films were excluded from our list that are currently out in the U.S but haven’t been released in the UK just yet, i.e ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Lady Bird’.

‘Blade Runner 2049’ and ‘Logan’ lead the nominations this year with a staggering 9 nominations each, both will be battling it out in ‘Best Cinematography’, ‘Best Lead Actor’, and ‘Best Film’ . Not far behind are ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘La La Land’ with 7 nominations a piece.

We’ll have more details on when our award show will be going live in the next couple weeks!

Without further a do, here are the official nominations for The Odysseys 2017:

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75th Annual Golden Globe Nominations Announced

The 75th Annual Golden Globe’s are just around the corner and much to the film community’s excitement, they just revealed their nominations!
Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ leads the nominations with 7 in total, followed closely by ‘The Post’ and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, which both have 6. In a bizarre turn of events, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut ‘Get Out’ has been nominated for ‘Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy’.
How do the nominations look to you? Are any of your favourites from this year missing from any of the categories? If so, which? It won’t be long until we announce our nominations for ‘The Odysseys 2017’, so keep your eyes peeled!


The full list of film nominations are as follows: 


Best Motion Picture – Drama
Call Me by Your Name
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep – The Post
Michelle Williams – All the Money in the World


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks – The Post
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.


Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench – Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren – The Leisure Seeker


Best Director
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Ridley Scott – All The Money in the World
Steven Spielberg – The Post


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort – Baby Driver
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out


Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Hong Chau – Downsizing
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water


Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Armie Hammer – Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


Best Original Score in a Motion Picture
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Phantom Thread
The Post


Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture
The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Molly’s Game


Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
The Square


Best Animated Film
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent
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Critics’ Choice Award Nominations Revealed

Yesterday the nominations for the annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced and Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ leads the nominations with a whopping total of 14, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

‘Lady Bird, ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘The Post’ all have eight nominations to their name, including ‘Best Picture’. Also in the running for the biggest award of the night are ‘The Big Sick’, ‘Darkest Hour’, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, ‘Get Out’.

You can see the full list of nominations below: 

Best Picture
The Big Sick
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actor
Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger
Tom Hanks – The Post
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Patrick Stewart – Logan
Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me by Your Name

Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Hong Chau – Downsizing
Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Allison Janney – I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

Best Young Actor/Actress
Mckenna Grace – Gifted
Dafne Keen – Logan
Brooklynn Prince – The Florida Project
Millicent Simmonds – Wonderstruck
Jacob Tremblay – Wonder

Best Acting Ensemble
Lady Bird
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk
Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Steven Spielberg – The Post

Best Original Screenplay
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor – The Shape of Water
Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer – The Post
Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Jordan Peele – Get Out

Best Adapted Screenplay
James Ivory – Call Me by Your Name
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – The Disaster Artist
Virgil Williams and Dee Rees – Mudbound
Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game
Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky – Wonder

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins – Blade Runner 2049
Hoyte van Hoytema – Dunkirk
Dan Laustsen – The Shape of Water
Rachel Morrison – Mudbound
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom – Call Me By Your Name

Best Production Design
Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin – The Shape of Water
Jim Clay, Rebecca Alleway – Murder on the Orient Express
Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis – Dunkirk
Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola – Blade Runner 2049
Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer – Beauty and the Beast
Mark Tildesley, Véronique Melery – Phantom Thread

Best Editing
Michael Kahn, Sarah Broshar – The Post
Paul Machliss, Jonathan Amos – Baby Driver
Lee Smith – Dunkirk
Joe Walker – Blade Runner 2049
Sidney Wolinsky – The Shape of Water

Best Costume Design
Renée April – Blade Runner 2049
Mark Bridges – Phantom Thread
Jacqueline Durran – Beauty and the Beast
Lindy Hemming – Wonder Woman
Luis Sequeira – The Shape of Water

Best Hair and Makeup
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water

Best Visual Effects
Blade Runner 2049
The Shape of Water
Thor: Ragnarok
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman

Best Animated Feature
The Breadwinner
Despicable Me 3
The LEGO Batman Movie
Loving Vincent

Best Action Movie
Baby Driver
Thor: Ragnarok
War for the Planet of the Apes
Wonder Woman

Best Comedy
The Big Sick
The Disaster Artist
Girls Trip
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best Actor in a Comedy
Steve Carell – Battle of the Sexes
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Chris Hemsworth – Thor: Ragnarok
Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick
Adam Sandler – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

Best Actress in a Comedy
Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
Zoe Kazan – The Big Sick
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes

Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie
Blade Runner 2049
Get Out
The Shape of Water

Best Foreign Language Film
BPM (Beats Per Minute)
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
The Square

Best Song
Evermore – Beauty and the Beast
Mystery of Love – Call Me By Your Name
Remember Me – Coco
Stand Up for Something – Marshall
This Is Me – The Greatest Showman

Best Score
Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water
Jonny Greenwood – Phantom Thread
Dario Marianelli – Darkest Hour
Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer – Blade Runner 2049
John Williams – The Post
Hans Zimmer – Dunkirk


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The Oscars 2018: Awards Show Trailer

The Academy have started The Oscars hype train by releasing a trailer filled with films released over the last year. Jimmy Kimmel is confirmed to return to the stage to host the 90th annual awards show on March 4th, 2018 – and will start a whole 30 minutes earlier than usual.

Films not present in this trailer are already being made note of by eagle eyed film fans, including ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘mother!’, and ‘The Shape of Water’ to name a few. Have any of your Oscar hopefuls not made the cut in this trailer?

As well as just some of the films have a high chance of being nominated this year, the trailer also takes a look back at the glitz and the glamour of last years awards, and also doesn’t fail to include THAT hiccup from Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, who accidentally announced ‘La La Land’ as the winner of the Best Picture award, before correcting themselves and announcing ‘Moonlight’ as the actual winner.

Will next years show be as memorable as this year’s? We don’t have much longer to wait! 

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The Odysseys 2017: 2017 Retrospective

As we begin to get things underway for our annual awards event, The Odysseys, we’ve created a little something to remind you of just some of the films to grace our cinema screens this year, and also a possible look at films you’ll likely see mentioned in this year’s awards show.

Please feel free to share, leave feedback, and enjoy our 2017 retrospective!

More details about The Odysseys, including public nominations and upload date, will be available soon… 

NBR Award Winners Announced

The annual National Board of Reviews awards were announced earlier this evening. Steven Spielberg’s  ‘The Post’ claimed the top prizes, including ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Actor’, and ‘Best Actress’. Greta Gerwig was awarded the ‘Best Director’ award for her directorial debut, ‘Lady Bird’.

Other NBR winners include Willem Dafoe for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ in Sean Baker’s ‘The Florida Project’, Jordan Peele won ‘Best Directorial Debut’ for ‘Get Out’, which also won ‘Best Ensemble’. ‘Coco’ took home the prize for ‘Best Animated Feature’ and Timothée Chalamet wins yet another ‘Breakthrough Performance’ award for his role in ‘Call Me By Your Name’

Full list of winners:

Best Film: The Post
Best Director: Greta Gerwig – (Lady Bird)
Best Actor: Tom Hanks (The Post)
Best Actress: Meryl Streep (The Post)
Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project)
Best Foreign Language Film: Foxtrot
Best Animated Feature: Coco
Best Documentary: Jane
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (The Disaster Artist)
Best Directorial Debut: Jordan Peele (Get Out)
Best Ensemble: Get Out
Breakthrough Performance: Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name)
Spotlight Award: Patty Jenkins & Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman)
NBR Freedom of Expression: First They Killed My Father

Top Films: Baby Driver, Call Me By Your Name, The Disaster Artist,  Downsizing,  Dunkirk,  The Florida Project,  Get Out,  Lady Bird,  Logan,  Phantom Thread

Top 10 Independent Films: Beatriz at Dinner,  Brigsby Bear,  A Ghost Story,  Lady Macbeth,  Logan Lucky,  Loving Vincent,  Menashe  Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,  Patti Cake$,  Wind River

Top 5 Foreign Language Films: A Fantastic Woman,  Frantz,  Loveless,  Summer 1993,  The Square

Top 5 Documentaries: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail , Brimstone & Glory,  Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,  Faces Places,  Hell On Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS

‘Gotham Awards 2017’ Winners List

The 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards took place last night, with ‘Call Me By Your Name’ walking away with the biggest award of the night for ‘Best Feature’ and Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out‘ walked away with 3 awards, including the ‘Audience Award’ and ‘Breakthrough Director’.

Going into the awards, ‘Get Out’ had the highest amount of nominations with a total of 4, followed by 3 nominations for Greta Gerwigs acclaimed directorial debut, ‘Lady Bird‘. ‘I, Tonya’, ‘The Florida Project’, and ‘Good Times’ also had multiple nominations, including ‘Best Feature’ with ‘Get Out’, and the winner, ‘Call Me By Your Name’.

The full list of winners: 

Audience Award: Get Out
Best Actor: James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Best Actress: Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Best Documentary: Strong Island
Best Feature: Call Me By Your Name
Best Screenplay: Get Out
Breakthrough Actor: Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award: Jordan Peele – Get Out
Breakthrough Series – Long Form: Atlanta
Breakthrough Series – Short Form: The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes

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