Short filmmaker Esteban Crespo gets Spain’s sole Oscar nod

Madrileño director nominated for ‘Aquel no era yo’ about child soldiers in Africa

Just one Spanish name was among those read out when the nominations for this year’s Oscars were announced in Los Angeles on Thursday. Madrid-born director Esteban Crespo received a nod in the Best Live Action Short category for his film Aquel no era yo (That Wasn’t Me).

Inspired by an article he read in EL PAÍS, the 25-minute drama about child soldiers in Africa was shot for just 40,000 euros and received last year’s Goya Award for Best Fictional Short Film. Now the Madrid-born director will be hoping to add an Oscar statuette to his growing trophy collection.

The four films competing alongside it in the Live Action Short category are Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras’s Avant que de tout perdre (Just Before Losing Everything); Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson’s Helium; Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari’s Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) and Mark Gill and Baldwin Li’s The Voorman Problem.

The 86th Academy Awards will be handed out in Los Angeles on March 2.