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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Oscars nominated shorts from The New Yorker

Two films from
The New Yorker have been nominated for the 94th Academy Awards. “Affairs of the Art” and “On My Mind” received nods in the Animated Short and Live Action Short categories, respectively, joining a list of nominees announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this morning. The nominations mark the ninth and tenth New Yorker films to be nominated for an Oscar. The Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 27th, in Los Angeles. 

“It’s thrilling to see not one but two New Yorker films receive nominations today. As we continue to expand into short films, I’m grateful to all of my colleagues who make this work possible, and to the Academy members who recognized the craft and artistry here,” David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, said.

Animated Short Film
Affairs of the Art,” directed by Joanna Quinn and Les Mills, presents an off-kilter, warm-hearted glimpse into a family of eccentrics. Beryl, a Welsh housewife, and the film’s energetic narrator is “drinking from the cup of creativity” as she tells her life story through her interest in drawing and recounts the parallel obsessions of many of her family members, who transform their own interests—toy trains, pet pigeons, revenge—into art through the power of their attention. Quinn and Mills have been making films about Beryl since 1987—“Affairs of the Art” is the fourth. Both won Emmys, in 1999, for their work on an animated adaptation of “The Canterbury Tales.” Quinn’s work has been nominated for an Academy Award once before, for the 1996 animated short film “Famous Fred.”

Live Action Short Film
“On My Mind,” written and directed by the Danish filmmaker Martin Strange-Hansen and produced by Kim Magnusson, unfolds in a nearly deserted bar, where a man asks to perform a karaoke song with deeply personal meaning. The film will début on The New Yorker’s digital platforms later this year, and marks the second Academy Award nomination for Strange-Hansen, who won in the same category, in 2003, for the film “This Charming Man.” Magnusson is a two-time Oscar winner for “Helium” and “Valgaften.”

The films are presented by The New Yorker Studios. Both are part of the magazine’s Screening Room, a series that showcases fictional short films from around the world. The magazine also features the New Yorker Documentary series, showcasing a new film on a critical issue each week. For eight consecutive years, The New Yorker has had one or more Academy-nominated films in distribution: “A Single Life,” “Stutterer,” “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos,” “Joe’s Violin,” “Knife Skills,” “Lifeboat,” “In the Absence,” “Yes-People,” and now “Affairs of the Art” and “On My Mind.”


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