'Gravity' Spinoff Short Could Make Oscar History

Posted 1:25 PM November 20th, 2013 by Jeff Giles
Aningaaq

Alfonso and Jonas Cuaron are having a very good year. Not only did the father-and-son filmmaking duo collaborate to create Gravity, one of 2013's biggest hits (and one of the most successful sci-fi movies of all time), but the short film that Jonas made as a Gravity spinoff could end up making Academy Award history.

Titled Aningaaq, the seven-minute short shows the other side of a fateful conversation had by Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) during one of Gravity's bleakest moments. Filmed in a remote region of Greenland, it solves one of the movie's minor riddles by showing just who Stone was speaking to -- but if you haven't seen Gravity, don't worry; Aningaaq doesn't spoil any storyline secrets, and proves every bit as oddly haunting even without Gravity for context.

Aningaaq was developed as a Blu-ray extra, but execs at Warner Bros. were so happy with it that they've submitted it for Oscar consideration as a live-action short; if both movies make the cut, it'll mark the first time a feature and spinoff short have been nominated together in the same year.

As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Aningaaq can count on support from Academy member and Gravity star Bullock, who told the trade she thinks it's an "absolutely beautiful piece of loneliness. … I get goose bumps thinking about it." Watch it below and see if you agree:

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