Best Live Action Short Film Oscar: Martin Freeman Movie Among Semi-Finalists

Best Live Action Short Film semi-finalists: Oscar 2014

Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 live action short films remained in the running for the 2014 Academy Awards. Among the semi-finalists, topics and characters include African child soldiers (That Wasn't Me), a troubled Italian boy who refuses to take off a wrestler's mask (Tiger Boy), romance and time travel (Sundance entry Record/Play, slated to become a feature), an abused Inuit wife (Throat Song), and a (possible) lunatic who believes he's god (The Voorman Problem). One hundred and twenty shorts had originally qualified for the Best Live Action Short Film category.

The 10 short films still in contention for the 2014 Oscar in the Best Live Action Short Film category are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me), Esteban Crespo, director (Producciones Africanauan)
  • Avant que de tout perdre (Just Before Losing Everything), Xavier Legrand, director, and Alexandre Gavras, producer (KG Productions)
  • Dva (Two), Mickey Nedimovic, director, and Henner Besuch, director of photography (Filoufilm Dani Barsch)
  • Helium, Anders Walter, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)
  • Kush, Shubhashish Bhutiani, director (Red Carpet Moving Pictures)
  • Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?), Selma Vilhunen, director, and Kirsikka Saari, screenwriter (Tuffi Films)
  • Record/Play, Jesse Atlas, director, and Thom Fennessey, executive producer (Collaboration Factory)
  • Throat Song, Miranda de Pencier, director (Northwood Productions)
  • Tiger Boy, Gabriele Mainetti, director (Goon Films)
  • The Voorman Problem, Mark Gill, director, and Baldwin Li, producer (Honlodge Productions)

Martin Freeman movie, Costa-Gavras' son Alexandre Gavras in contention

Last year, about half of the semi-finalists had some form of previous Oscar association and/or featured well-known film celebrities (or their children), whether in front or behind the camera. This year, most of the semi-finalists have no previous Oscar connections (that I could find) and feature little-known names. But there are a few exceptions:

  • Mark Gill's 2013 BAFTA nominee The Voorman Problem, which stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End). (Correction – see comment below: The Voorman Problem's Mark Gill is not the film producer/executive producer of features such as the Gerard Butler thriller Olympus Has Fallen, the Zac Efron thriller The Paperboy, and the Frida Kahlo biopic Frida starring Salma Hayek. Instead, this Mark Gill is the director/co-writer of the 2013 short family drama Full Time, featuring Kieran Hill, Chris Langham, and Huw Higginson.)
  • Just Before Losing Everything was directed by actor Xavier Legrand, whose sporadic film credits go all the way back to Louis Malle's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee Au Revoir les Enfants (1987). The producer of Legrand's short film is Alexandre Gavras, son of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Costa-Gavras, whose Z (1969) was one of the rare non-English-language movies to have been shortlisted for a Best Picture Academy Award. (Costa-Gavras' political thriller eventually won in the Best Foreign Language Film category.)
  • Helium producer Kim Magnusson has been shortlisted for four Academy Awards; he won for the 1998 short Election Night.

Best Live Action Short Film: Academy Award 2014 voting process

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.”

Next, members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch will choose three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the list of Best Live Action Short Film semi-finalists. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco in December.

The 2014 Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 2014 Oscar ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.

Tom Hollander and Martin Freeman The Voorman Problem photo: Honlodge Productions.

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2 Comments to Best Live Action Short Film Oscar: Martin Freeman Movie Among Semi-Finalists

  1. altfilmguide

    @Guest The text has been amended. Apologies and thank you for the correction.

  2. Just thought I'd point out that The Voorman Problem director is a different Mark Gill from the UK and not the producer you spoke of.