It’s hardly controversial to argue that, so far, movies based on video games haven’t been particularly good. And before you argue that you liked some of the “better” examples of the genre, ask yourself whether Mortal Kombat and Silent Hill are really what you could realistically call “Oscar-worthy”.
And now, the irony: a PlayStation 4 video game called Everything is not only eligible for an Academy Award, it has an honest chance of getting nominated. We can’t make great movies out of video games, but apparently video game designers can make video games into great movies. Take THAT, Hollywood.
Everything is an experimental game that allows the player to witness the whole universe from the perspective of, well, everything. In the game, created by David OReilly, the player can examine the entirety of existence. The game is also available on PC, Mac and Linux.
Everything just won the “Jury Prize – Animation” from the Vienna Shorts Festival, an honor which – according to the rules set by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences – makes it eligible for the Oscar consideration, in the Animated Short Subject category.
According to the jury, “The “Jury Prize – Animation” goes to a film, which beyond being entertaining has a strong poetic and philosophical theme. It serves a highly educational purpose, including an important political statement, that encourages to let our egos dissolve and gain a new perspective on the world. The award goes to ‘Everything’, by David OReilly.”
Of course, Everything will have to compete with a wide variety of short animated films at this year’s Academy Awards, just to get on the short list of nominees. But it seems a heck of a lot more likely that Everything will get an Oscar nomination than Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the only feature film based on a game that’s scheduled to come out this year.
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