Watch the ‘Gravity’ Spin-Off Short That Could Make Oscar History (VIDEO)

One of the more emotionally gripping (as opposed to terrifyingly out-of-body) moments in Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D masterpiece “Gravity” is the moment when Sandra Bullock‘s stranded astronaut tries to make contact with someone on earth. Instead, she talks to what sounds like an Inuit man who is talking to his barking dogs. For a brief moment there is hope, but that gets turned into stardust just like everything else. But the human contact does add something that fuels Bullock’s character, ultimately to the point where she’s able to land safely on earth. Um, spoiler alert.

Well, during “Gravity’s” production, Jonas Cuaron, Alfonso’s son and the film’s co-writer, filmed a seven-minute short that was supposed to debut as part of the film’s home video release. But the project, entitled “Aningaaq,” turned out so well that Warner Bros. started screening it at festivals and has now entered it into competition in the Short Film section of the Academy Awards.

Should it get nominated, along with “Gravity,” it would make Academy history for being the first feature and spinoff short drawn from the same material to be nominated in the same year. And now you can watch the utterly beautiful and beguiling short above, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter.

The less set up you have for the short, the better, so watch it and then read THR’s report on how the short came together. When the publication recently asked Bullock about the short, she gushed, that it was an “absolutely beautiful piece of loneliness. … I get goose bumps thinking about it.” Us too.

from The Moviefone Blog http://news.moviefone.com/2013/11/21/gravity-spin-off-short/
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