Israeli director Guy Nattiv’s short film ‘Skin’ gets Oscar nod

Movie exploring gang war that breaks out after black man smiles at a white child has since been developed into full-length feature about white supremacists

Guy Nattiv (Screen capture: YouTube)
Guy Nattiv (Screen capture: YouTube)

Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv’s short film “Skin” was nominated Tuesday for the Oscar for best live action short film.

The film, which was directed by Nattiv, is about a gang war in a small town that breaks out after a black man smiles at a white child at a supermarket.

Nattiv wrote “Skin” with Sharon Maymon, who is also from Israel.

The 20-minute film has been developed into a full-length feature by the same name, also directed by Nattiv.

For your consideration. Skin. Short. Trailer.

Posted by SKIN SHORT FILM A film by Guy Nattiv, Jaime Ray Newman and Sharon Maymon on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Nattiv grew up in Israel and now lives in Los Angeles,

The other Oscar nominees for best live action short film are “Detainment” by Vincent Lambe, “Fauve” by Jeremy Comte, “Marguerite” by Marianne Farley and “Mother” by Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

In other categories, the biopic “RBG” about US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated for best documentary feature and Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski, whose grandmother was killed at Auschwitz, was nominated for best director for “Cold War.” Rachel Weisz was nominated for best supporting actress in “The Favourite.”

Israel’s entry for foreign-language film, “The Cakemaker,” was eliminated from contention last year.

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” each received 10 nominations in the 91st Academy Awards, while two dominant but contentious Hollywood forces — Netflix and Marvel — each scored their first best picture nomination.

Though many expected “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper’s tear-inducing revival of one of Hollywood’s most oft-remade show-business myths, to top nominations, Cooper was surprisingly overlooked as director and the academy instead put its fullest support behind a pair of smaller films by international directors.

With “Roma,” Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought. Cuaron tied the record for most decorated Oscar nominee ever for one film with four nods for his black-and-white, memory-drenched masterpiece. The Mexican-born director earned nods for direction, cinematography, original screenplay and best picture. Only Orson Welles (“Citizen Kane”) and Warren Beatty (“Reds,” ”Heaven Can Wait”) have landed four.

Actress Rachel Weisz (YouTube screenshot)

Lanthimos’ period romp “The Favourite” resounded most in the acting categories thanks to its trio of actresses: Olivia Colman in the best actress category, and Weisz and Emma Stone in supporting.

Along with “Roma” and “The Favourite,” the nominees for best picture are: “A Star Is Born,” ”Green Book,” ”Black Panther,” ”BlacKkKlansman,” ”Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Vice.”

Spike Lee was nominated for his first directing Oscar 30 years after a writing nod for 1989’s “Do the Right Thing.” Notably left out of the category was Bradley Cooper, whose “A Star Is Born” landed eight nominations, including best actress for Lady Gaga, but was overlooked for Cooper’s direction. The other nominees were Lanthimos, Cuaron, Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”) and Adam McKay (“Vice”).

In this photo from February 24, 2016, Rick Roberts works on touching up a base amid statues of the Oscar awaiting finishing up in Hollywood, California. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP)

The nominees for best actor are Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale (“Vice”), Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”).

Up for best actress are Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”), Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”).

The nominees for best supporting actress are Amy Adams (“Vice”), Marina De Tavira (“Roma”), Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Emma Stone (“The Favourite”) and Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”). Tavira was something a surprise, while Claire Foy of “First Man” was left out.

Up for best supporting actor are: Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”), Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”), Sam Elliott (“A Star Is Born”), Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) and Sam Rockwell (“Vice”). Notably snubbed was Timothy Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”).

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