The trailer for the Playstation 4/PC simulation game Everything has become eligible for an Academy Award this year. This is the first time a game trailer has achieved such a feat, according to the game’s creator David O’Reilly on Twitter.
Cool: Everything just qualified for an Academy Award, making it the first time this has happened to a game/interactive project pic.twitter.com/5SQVD9s960
The trailer for Everything, which features 10 minutes of gameplay and philosophical narration, won the Jury Prize for animation at the Vienna Shorts Festival this year. According to the Vienna Shorts website, the gameplay film had a “strong poetic and philosophical theme. It serves a highly educational purpose, including an important political statement, that encourages to let our egos dissolve and gain a new perspective on the world.”
The Game That Lets You Be Everything
Everything is an interactive simulation which was released for the Playstation 4 March 21, 2017. With simple graphics and animation, it features a universe that allows players to take the forms various objects and lifeforms, from atoms to entire planets, and make them interact in different ways. The game makes room for players to experience it in whatever way they like at their own pace. In addition, if left alone the game will play by itself, so players can simply watch if they so choose. Since its release, the game has received positive reviews from critics such as Polygon and The Guardian, but now its trailer is getting even more attention.
While the Everything gameplay trailer may not be a typical short film, winning a Jury Prize made it eligible for an opportunity no other video game trailer has had before. Because of this success, the gameplay trailer may be in the running to win an Oscar within the animated short film category.
O’Reilly later stated in a tweet that the eligibility was “unexpected and cool,” and that he is “grateful,” even he expressed doubt about the film making it against the other competition.
i didnt expect tweet 2 blow up! to clarify, theres no game category, the short/video of the game would compete in animated short category