The Grammy-winning musicians both have films based on their music that are officially eligible for the Best Live-Action Short Film Oscar.
Who would have thought that the Oscars would be the location for a possible “Bad Blood” reunion? Former collaborators Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, who are each musicians with double-digit Grammys, are now both officially eligible for the Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film.
On Swift’s side, she’s already hired a consultancy to guide an awards campaign for “All Too Well: The Short Film,” the project she wrote and directed, which stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’ Brien, and whose soundtrack is No . snapped up “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)”.
The pop icon and budding filmmaker, soon to be seen in David O. Russell’s upcoming film ‘Amsterdam,’ screened his short film for a week in November last year at AMC Lincoln Square in New York.
Swift also made an appearance at the Tribeca Film Festival this summer and spoke to Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Mills about the decision to pursue narrative projects in addition to music videos, saying, “I think I gave myself permission to completely take this leap to making a narrative short because it’s not a music video; we approached everything differently.
Similar to Swift, Lamar made a short film of his new song “We Cry Together” from the album “Mr. Moral & The Big Steppers. The Movie, which sees the rapper alongside “Zola” actress Taylour Paige as a dysfunctional couple, had a much calmer theatrical run this summer, playing at the Laemmle Royal Theater in West Los Angeles for a week in early June.
Swift and Lamar aren’t the only famous names to have entered the Oscar short film race this year. On the documentary side, basketball star Jeremy Lin is the subject of a short film entitled “38 at the Garden”. Directed by newcomer Frank Chi and produced by Lisa Ling, the film has already screened at this year’s HollyShorts festival in Hollywood and will make its streaming debut on HBO on October 11.
Meanwhile, tennis star Naomi Osaka serves as one of the executive producers of the documentary short “Mink!” by recent Oscar winner Ben Proudfoot. “Mink!” tells the story of the late politician Patsy Takemoto Mink, who was the first woman of color ever elected to the United States House of Representatives, and co-author of Title IX: Groundbreaking Civil Rights Legislation Fighting Discrimination based on gender in schools. The series is part of the New York Times Op-Docs series and premiered in June. If “Mink!” is nominated for Best Documentary Short, Proudfoot would be the first filmmaker to be nominated in the category three years in a row.
The lineup of star-studded shorts vying for Oscar nominations follows projects like “Dear Basketball” and “The Long Goodbye,” which won Oscars for two already established stars: basketball legend Kobe Bryant and actor and rapper Riz Ahmed. .