Daughter C. and her partner, R, came over for dinner tonight. I made a West African chicken stew with peanut butter — delicious.
Between dinner and dessert, we showed each other Oscar-nominated animated shorts on YouTube. C. showed me The Blue Umbrella, which is sweetly sentimental and cleverly shows how many inanimate objects can look like faces. I showed them Destino, a Dali-Disney collaboration from 1946 that was never completed until Disney’s nephew unearthed it in 1999, had it completed, and it was nominated in 2003. Surreal visuals and a haunting song make this something I could watch over and over.
These Oscar-nominated shorts, the animated and live action, can usually be seen only if you’re an Academy voter or are lucky enough to live in New York City or L.A., where they are sometimes shown in the weeks before and after the Academy Awards. But YouTube has many of them, either whole or trailers. Check them out.