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‘Stutterer’ Wins Oscar

by Shelley D. Hutchins
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stutterer movie posterAt the 88th Academy Awards last Sunday, the film “Stutterer” won the Short Film (Live Action) category. The 12-minute film follows a typographer, known only as Greenwood, who lives as a recluse because of his severe stutter. Although he loves words, Greenwood’s so afraid to speak that he learns sign language to communicate.

Greenwood develops an online relationship, and the movie focuses on his reaction when the woman he’s been corresponding with wants to meet him. Tension builds as the London meeting approaches. Greenwood worries that she’ll break things off when she finds out about his stutter.

In addition to the Oscar win, “Stutterer” won 10 other awards from festivals in Great Britain, Canada and the U.S.

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