The Best of the Oscars (In Our Eyes): Quvenzhané Wallis

Though she sadly won't be bringing a little gold man back to the Bathtub, we know  Quvenzhané was "the man" of the night; the smile alone says it all.  A big heartfelt congratulations to Benh Zeitlin and all of the Beasts of the Southern Wild crew for triumphing so much and journeying this far - it still was an amazing moment for independent filmmakers!

"The Only Oscar GIF You Need, Starring Quvenzhané Wallis" by Jezebel.com

"The Only Oscar GIF You Need, Starring Quvenzhané Wallis" by Jezebel.com

From SFIFF to Oscar®

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This year we can add to funding an Oscar nominated film (fingers-crossed for Beasts of the Southern Wild's four nominations!) that we will now be qualifying one!  The San Francisco International Film Festival has been chosen as an Academy-Award qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category. Short documentaries of no longer than 40 minutes, which receive Best Documentary Short award, may be eligible to enter the Documentary Short Subject competition for the concurrent season (this year the season runs from September,1 2012 to August 31, 2013), provided the film meets all the requirements set forth in the Academy-Award official rules. This year's SFIFF Documentary Shorts in competition will soon be announced.  In the meantime, find the rules posted on oscars.org/rules.

Oscar Pool Time: Preview Live-Action, Animated & Documentary Short Nominees

It's the season for Oscar pools and we can't help but honor a long-standing tradition of honing in our own intuitions for the chance of winning a trophy ourselves.  Not only is this a shared and celebrated form of gambling with many film folks, we could not agree more with Indiewire's The Playlist about the lack of accessibility to watch the nominated Live-Action, Animated & Documentary shorts.  If you're also in need to brush-up before you place your bets or interested in fantastic shorts, head over to their round-up of this year's contenders' synopses, trailers, and even some full-length videos!

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