I Should Have Done More Research.

Like many others last night, I watched the Oscars. To tell you the truth, I don’t remember the last time I watched as much as I did. But I was at an Oscar party so there wasn’t much else on (plus there was free pizza).

Again, like many others, I tried to predict the winners. Together with a friend, we made mutual decisions on every award. Of course, some are easier than others. We knew Cate Winslett would win, same for Slumdog Millionaire. But awards like “Best Montage with 70s soul music” are tougher to guess. Though it should be noted that we got both Documentary awards (Thank you Smile Pinki!)

Then came “Best Live Action Short Film.” Again, we had never heard of any of the films. So we chose what seemed like the best movie on title alone, “The Pig.” We were confident. That is, until they showed clips of all the nominees. Then came a twist no one would have expected.

Toyland,” its main competition, is a Holocaust film. Not only that, but the clip they showed (seen below) involved a kid being taken by Nazis. Right then and there, we knew it was over. How can you compete against a Holocaust film? Sure, some Holocaust films are bad. But if it is good enough to get nominated, its usually good enough to win.

So congrats Toyland on your win. The Pig never stood a chance.

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