Everything, a simulation game in which players can take control of all beings in the world, could be the first to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Released on PC and PlayStation 4 in March, the game won the Jury Prize in Animation at the 2017 Vienna Shorts Festival, meaning is qualifies as a potential nominee for the Animated Short Film Academy Award.
As the game’s developer, Irish artist David O’Reilly, pointed out on Twitter, this makes it the first of its kind to have ever done so.
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
— David OReilly (@davidoreilly) June 7, 2017
This is partly because the 11-minute trailer won the award, as well as the fact that the game has the ability to play itself with no human interaction.
A statement on the Vienna Shorts Festival website reads: “The Jury Prize–Animation goes to a film which, beyond being entertaining, has 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.”
You can watch the trailer below.
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