Last night in Los Angeles, Hungarian film “Sing” (“Mindenki” in Hungarian) won the 2017 Academy Award for “Best Live Action Short Film”. Set in the early ’90s in Budapest, the 25-minute-long movie – inspired by true events – follows an award-winning school choir, their charming teacher, and the new girl in class whose arrival starts a series of events that might expose the dark truth behind their fame. The movie by Hungarian filmmaker Kristóf Deák is the second Magyar-made film to earn an Oscar in the past two years, after last year’s triumph of “Son of Saul” as the Best Foreign Language Film.
At the 89th Academy Awards ceremony honoring the best film productions of 2016, held on February 26th at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, presenters Salma Hayek and David Oyelowo announced that Sing was the Oscar winner and handed the coveted golden statuettes to London-based director Kristóf Deák and producer Anna Udvardy;you can watch their triumph in the video below:
This cinematic honor marks the second year in a row that a Magyar-made film has won Oscar gold, after Son of Saul earned an Academy Award in the 2016 ceremony. Hungarian director Kristóf Deák’s first job in filmmaking was with the production of Stephen Spielberg’s 2005 historical drama, Munich – which was partially filmed in Budapest – and Deák also directed 12 episodes of a Hungarian action series, Hacktion;after this victory, we are quite certain that he will be making more internationally acclaimed films in the very near future. We congratulate the entire Sing crew and cast for this stunning achievement – below you can watch the trailer for Singwith English subtitles.