Oscar Nominations 2016: Stutterer and We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

The highly anticipated Academy Award nominations were revealed earlier this week, and we are proud to announce that both Stutterer and We Can’t Live Without Cosmos are in the running for an Oscar. Each January, the film industry and fans alike turn their attentions to the prestigious awards, with interest reaching fever pitch in the lead up to the Oscar broadcast in February. With categories such as Best Picture and Best Director taking centre-stage, we take a closer look at two inspiring works that also screened at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival last November.

Director Benjamin Cleary’s Stutterer has gained recognition at a wealth of international festivals, winning nine festival awards to date, including Best Drama at ASFF 2015. Now, nominated for Best Short Film (Live Action), the film continues to win the hearts and minds of the viewers around the world. Produced by Serena Armitage and Shan Christopher Ogilvie, Stutterer portrays a reclusive typographer with a debilitating speech problem, who must face his worst fear as he is thrown into a series of uncomfortable, challenging encounters with strangers.

Konstantin Bronzit’s We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, which screened in the Official Selection Animation strand at ASFF, has been nominated for Best Short Film (Animation). Produced by Melnitsa Animation Studio, the 15-minute short features two friends, two cosmonauts, who strive to do the best they can in their everyday training in order to make their common dream a reality. However, as the two characters learn, this story is not only about the dream.

See the full list of nominees for the 88th Academy Awards here.

Entries are currently open for ASFF 2016. Submit your film at www.asff.co.uk/submit.

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1. Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary, 2015. ASFF Opening Night Showcase. Photo: Jim Poyner.