Hungary’s ‘Sing’ grabs Oscar for Best Short Film

Analysis

“Sing” (Hungarian title “Mindenki”), written and directed by Kristóf Deák, received the 2016 Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 89th Academy Awards Sunday night in Hollywood.

The kids of the short film ʼSingʼ (photo: MTI/Bea Kardos)

The story, which takes place in Budapest in 1991, follows Zsófi (Dorka Gáspárfalvi) through her elementary school studies, befriending Liza (Dorottya Hais) and joining the award-winning school choir, where she is told not to sing out loud. Film pundits say the story is mainly about the decision the girls face of whether to stand up against a corrupt system, or silently go along with it.

Calling the Oscar an “incredible award,” Deák said during his acceptance speech that the accolade “is dedicated to the only people who can basically make the world a better place for us: kids.” Delivering a strong message, he added: “Let’s try and raise them in a good way… in a way we can be proud of them.”   

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