1. Updated — Nov. 22., 3:54 p.m. ET: According to a statement from The Academy, the short film Aningaaq has not advanced in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards.
2. In a critical scene in Gravity, Sandra Bullock’s character — who is inside a Russian space capsule that is out of fuel — makes contact with a male voice speaking to her in a foreign language.
The film, called Aningaaq, is made by Alfonso Cuaron’s son, Jonas Cuaron, and has made the rounds at film festivals.
Warner Bros. has submitted it for Oscar consideration in the live-action short category. If Aningaaq and Gravity both snag nominations, the Cuarons are poised to make Academy Award history — they will have created the first feature and short film drawn from the same material to be nominated together in the same year, according to Hollywood Reporter.
5. The film parallels the struggles of Gravity’s Ryan Stone: it is a story of isolated human survival and loss.
6. By representing the other side of the same conversation, it answers several questions. For example: Why did he start howling at her?
7. Where does that baby come from?
8. What language is he speaking?
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