World of Tomorrow: The Best Film at This Year’s Oscars

There are eight films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, the race pitting big-budget blockbusters like The Martian and Mad Max: Fury Road against the thought-provoking drama of Spotlight, The Big Short, Brooklyn, and Bridge of Spies. The gut-wrenching Room is a good outside bet, while the smart money is on The Revenant sweeping the board.

But in my opinion, the best film of 2015 wasn’t a live-action feature, but rather an animated short; namely Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow.

The writer-director has been up for an animated Oscar before – with Rejected receiving a nomination in 2000 – but that was when Don was working with what he calls “paper, pencils, 33mm film, rocks, and fire.” World of Tomorrow is Hertzfeldt’s first foray into digital animation, and it’s the best thing he’s crafted yet.

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