In perfect contrast to the dark and lifeless vacuum of space presented in the hit film "Gravity," Warner Bros. has released a short companion film set on a remote, snow-blasted fjord in Greenland. The scene, originally shot to be included in the movie, was cut and positioned to live on as an extra on the Blu-ray disc. Thanks to strong word-of-mouth during showings at various film festivals, however, "Aningaaq" may now have a shot at making Oscars' history. From The Hollywood Reporter:

Now Warners has submitted it for Oscar consideration in the live-action short category; should it snag a nomination alongside its sure-bet blockbuster companion, they are poised to make Academy Awards history as the first feature and spinoff short drawn from the same material to be nominated together in the same year. 
For those that have yet to see "Gravity," the conversation featured in "Aningaaq" is a touching moment between Sandra Bullock - stuck inside a Russian space capsule - and an Inuit fisherman. While their discussion is lost in translation, the familiar sounds of dogs barking and babies crying unite the two. Jonas Cuaron, who co-wrote the screenplay with his father, director Alfonso Cuaron, said the two of them fell in love with Iceland's stunning wilderness and were inspired to shoot the scene there. He was also touched by the Inuit's love of their sled dogs - another element that eventually made its way into the short. 

You can view the beautiful seven-minute short film below. Nominations for the 86th Academy Awards will be announced on January 16th, 2014. 

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Why this hauntingly beautiful 'Gravity' short may make Oscars history
Originally intended as a bonus scene, Warner Bros. is now submitting 'Aningaaq' for Oscars consideration in the live-action short category.