Hungary’s “Sing” Takes Home Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film

Publicated on: February 27, 2017

Hungarian short film "Sing" (“Mindenki” in Hungarian), directed by Kristóf Deák, took home the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, 26 February. The 25-minute film is the first Hungarian-produced film to win an Oscar in the category of Best Live Action Short and marks consecutive years that a Hungarian film has taken home an Academy Award, following in the footsteps of László Nemes’ "Son of Saul".

Inspired by a true story, Sing follows an award-winning school choir, their charming teacher, and a new girl in class who threatens to throw back the curtains and expose the dark secrets to their fame and success in 1990’s Budapest. The film stars two child actors, Dorka Gáspárfalvi and Dorottya Hais, and already boasted a long list of distinctions including the Grand Prix prize at the Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo, the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Kids category and the Adult Jury Prize in the Live-action Short Film category at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Sing is the second Hungarian live-action short film to receive an Oscar nomination after "Concert" (1963) by István Szabó, who would later go on to direct "Mephisto", Hungary’s first Foreign Language Film Oscar winner.

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