It’s the most wonderful time of the year for all of you film buffs. That’s right, it’s Oscar season! Nominations were announced yesterday and came with the usual snubs and surprises. There’s so much to celebrate in terms of diversity, and possibly even more than you think. Not only do we see greater cultural diversity being lauded, but also new technological mediums are being given their moment in the spotlight.

For the first time ever, a film made for virtual reality (VR) has been nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in Hollywood. The Google Spotlight Story, Pearl, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Short category.

The film follows the lives of a father and daughter as seen from the passenger seat of the car they share, and the music that drives them.

Pearl was directed by a former Oscar winner, Patrick Osborne, who received the award for his work on the adorable Disney short film, Feast.

There is, however, one small caveat to this news. Given the rules of the nomination process, the 360° cut of the film is not the same cut that was nominated. A traditional cut of the film was created to be able to be shown in traditional theaters. This cut is the nominated film.

Still, this is an exciting development for VR content and will bring attention to the artistic potential of the medium.


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