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Oscar 2013: Live Action Shorts Directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, Edoardo Ponti

Edoardo Ponti Nastassja Kinski The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars Enrico Lo VersoEdoardo Ponti, Bryce Dallas Howard live action shorts among 11 movies still in contention for Oscar 2013

A Brazilian inmate trying to convince his mother to get him a cell phone, two young Afghans’ rite of passage to manhood, and the relationship between a couple of European mountaineers and heart-surgery survivors are among the topics featured in the 11 movies still in contention for the 2013 Academy Award in the Best Live Action Short category. Why 11 instead of 10 semi-finalists? As per the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ press release, that odd number was the result of a tie in the nominations balloting. The release adds that 125 live-action shorts had originally qualified. (Photo: Edoardo Ponti, Nastassja Kinski, Enrico Lo Verso The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars.)

The 11 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title:

  • The Factory / A Fábrica, Aly Muritiba, director (Grafo Audiovisual)
  • Asad, Bryan Buckley, director, and Mino Jarjoura, producer (Hungry Man)
  • Buzkashi Boys, Sam French, director, and Ariel Nasr, producer (Afghan Film Project)
  • Curfew, Shawn Christensen, director (Fuzzy Logic Pictures)
  • Death of a Shadow / Dood van een Schaduw, Tom Van Avermaet, director, and Ellen De Waele, producer (Serendipity Films)
  • Henry, Yan England, director (Yan England)
  • Kiruna-Kigali, Goran Kapetanovic, director (Hepp Film AB)
  • The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars, Silvia Bizio and Paola Porrini Bisson, producers (Oh! Pen LLC)
  • 9 Meter, Anders Walther, director, and Tivi Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions A/S)
  • Salar, Nicholas Greene, director, and Julie Buck, producer (Nicholas Greene)
  • When You Find Me, Ron Howard, executive producer, and Bryce Dallas Howard, director (Freestyle Picture Company)

Best Live Action Short Oscar 2013 contenders and ’names’

When it comes to Oscar nominations in any category, it never hurts to have big (or at least mid-sized) names attached to the movies in contention. The inclusion of the family tale When You Find Me has already caught the attention of bloggers and twitterers, for it’s a live-action short directed by Bryce Dallas Howard — at this stage, best known less as When You Find Me executive producer Ron Howard’s daughter and more as one of the ensemble performers in last year’s The Help, and for playing Eclipse’s vicious vampire Victoria, bent on tearing to pieces Kristen Stewart’s Bella.

Yet, When You Find Me isn’t the only Best Live Action Short contender with "names" attached to it. Henry, about a pianist whose "great love" mysteriously disappears, was directed by television actor Yan England. Rust and Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts stars in Tom Van Avermaet’s Death of a Shadow. Shawn Christensen, whose screenwriting credits include the Taylor Lautner movie Abduction, directed, wrote, and acts in Curfew. Based on an original story by novelist Erri De Luca, The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars stars Julian Sands (A Room with a View), Nastassja Kinski (Tess), and Enrico Lo Verso (the Oscar-nominated Farinelli). And the film’s director, Edoardo Ponti, is the son of 1961 Best Actress Oscar winner Sophia Loren (Two Women) and Oscar-winning producer Carlo Ponti (Best Foreign Language Film La Strada).

Best Live Action Short voting procedures

According to the Academy’s press release, the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee "viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in Los Angeles." Following screenings in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in December, Branch members will select three to five nominees from among the 11 semi-finalists. Last year’s Best Live Action Oscar winner was The Shore, directed by Oorlagh George and Hotel Rwanda filmmaker Terry George.

The 2013 Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 10, 2013. The Oscar ceremony will take place on February 24.

Edoardo Ponti, Nastassja Kinski, Enrico Lo Verso The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars photo: Oh! Pen LLC.

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