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How to see the short with the best name.

The nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning in a presentation hosted by actors Riz Ahmed and Allison Williams. While most things went as expected, there was one nomination that left the audience – a group of publicists and journalists who rose very early for this – in fits of giggles. When Ahmed listed the nominations for Best Animated Short, he had to read a distinctive title: My year with dicks. The short film’s honor received quite a round of applause followed by a beat where everyone laughed at the middle school humor, including the presenters. (It didn’t help much that the following nomination Ahmed was to read was called for a short while An ostrich told me the world is fake and I think I believe it— this category clearly wins the best titles award.) Before Williams went to introduce the next category, she squeezed in a quick and humorous “no comment,” setting the tone for the next round of nominations.

My year with dicks is a short film from the brain of Pamela Ribon (whose writing includes Moana and Ralph breaks the internet), directed by artist and animator Sara Gunnarsdóttir. The short one, based on Ribon’s own memoir from 2014 Notes For Boys (And Other Things I Shouldn’t Share Publicly)tells the story of a 15-year-old girl’s coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old girl who is dead set on losing her virginity and so decides to embark on … her year of dicks.

My year with dicks is a great short film, even if it doesn’t tell the story of a particularly good year. It’s a beautifully animated, partially rotoscoped viewmaster reel of Animated Pam’s first sexual experiences: confusing, frustrating, charming, consensual and not. (It has a bit of a Dazed and confused feel for it, in story mood, if not in visual style.) At just 25 minutes, My year with dicks will make you spin and feel deep to extreme discomfort awwwww and back again—a remarkable simulacra of the feelings of girlhood. The animation oscillates between mundane and psychedelic, filling in the gaps of all the things you couldn’t articulate as an actual teenager: what it feels like to witness your crush at its most infatuated, or to realize you’re being forced in real time , or to fully learn what the word “void” means. The title may be a joke, but the short is brutally honest and deserves all the applause it received – and the giggles, also.

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