It’s not every day that a video game trailer becomes qualified to be an Oscar nominee. In fact, that’s never happened before, until now. Indie developer David O’Reilly’s Everything or more specifically the short film that acts as the trailer for Everything has officially qualified for an Oscar nomination after winning the jury prize for the animation category at the Vienna Shorts Festival.
As noted by O’Reilly on his Twitter account, it’s the first time that a game or interactive project has qualified for an Academy Award.
Here’s what the jury at the Vienna Shorts Festival had to say about Everything:
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.
While Everything might not go on to win the Oscar, it’s still a pretty noteworthy achievement for the medium, which may help in elevating its position in the entertainment industry or society as a whole. We’ll just have to wait and see how far it goes in the running. In the meantime, you can check out our review of Everything here.