Academy Originals

Documentary-style videos produced by the Academy to examine the creative process of filmmaking and the artists changing its future.
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Short Takes: This Year's Best Animated Feature Noms (According to Kids)
Apr 25, 2021
In the newest edition of Academy Short Takes, we asked a bunch of kids for their thoughts on this year's Best Animated Feature nominees. It's objectively adorable.
Watch Dru & Denver Discover Best Picture "A Beautiful Mind"
Feb 28, 2021
In our latest episode of Short Takes, a new generation of film fans help us examine the latest releases and re-watch the classics to remind us why we fell so hard for storytelling in the first place.
Short Takes: “Howl’s Moving Castle”
Dec 17, 2020
A new generation of film fans help us examine the latest releases, re-watch the classics and re-discover why we fell so hard for storytelling in the first place.
Short Takes: “Roman Holiday”
Nov 19, 2020
Eight-year-old Marilee reveals why she’s enamored with this Audrey Hepburn classic.
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Listen: The Story Behind ‘The Blair Witch Project’
Oct 30, 2020
Our new podcast, Playback, tells the stories behind groundbreaking movies that have impacted the industry, culture, and our lives. First up, the found-footage film that started a genre.
Short Takes: “The Willoughbys”
Sep 8, 2020
An honest review from Joey (age 7) and Nahuel (age 9)
Life in Lockdown: Exercising
Aug 17, 2020
How to exercise (or not) in quarantine—through the lens of movies we love.
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Life in Lockdown: Cooking
Aug 4, 2020
The movies can teach us a thing or two about how to live life in quarantine. 
A Documentary on Documentaries
May 28, 2020
Morgan Neville breaks down the documentary filmmaking process.
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