For the first time in Oscar history, a video game has now qualified for the most-coveted, highest award possible in the motion picture industry. The eleven-minute philosophically pontificating video game short, created by game developer David OReilly,

The game is simulation-based; wherein you can control pretty much every object the game has to offer, from land masses to sub-atomic particles.

Everything’s lengthy trailer focuses on the correlation between the universe’s smallest, biggest, and most remote entities, all while being narrated by the late British philosopher Alan Watts. Check it out below:


The VIS Vienna jury called Everything’s trailer “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,” the jury stated in its announcement.


My take: looks interesting, but it’s simply an animation done for a video game that made its way into the Academy Awards ‘best animated short film’. I’m not sure this is some bit of progressiveness on the part of the Oscar overlords, or just reflective of the fact that someone took that long to render out an eleven minute trailer for a game.