Martin Freeman has been nominated for Best Short. No, this isn’t some hair-brained new awards scheme recognising the vertically challenged – this is the OSCARS and the Sherlock actor’s film The Voorman Problem is up for Best Live Action Short.
The 13-minute piece sees Freeman play Doctor Williams, a psychiatrist called into a prison to examine an inmate named Voorman (Rev’s Tom Hollander) with a bizarre affliction… Voorman believes he is a god who created the universe nine days ago, but is he a faker or a lunatic?
Williams must decide whether to diagnose him as insane and commit him to an asylum, but first he has a few obvious questions: why, as a god, would Voorman choose to be straight-jacketed in a prison? Is there any way of ratifying his claim? And what has any of this got to do with Belgium?
Also starring Elisabeth Grey as Freeman’s wife and Simon Griffiths as prison Governor Bentley, the short has been written and directed by Mark Gill and will compete in its Oscars category against Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me), Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything), Helium and Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?).
Freeman has also been carving a career in Hollywood films of late, starring as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s blockbuster trilogy The Hobbit which in turn earned Oscar nominations for sound editing, sound mixing and visual effects.
So, Sherlock fans, we can already sense you chomping at the bit to see this… Fear not, it will be available on iTunes from 28 February just ahead of the Academy Awards on 2 March. In the meantime, take a look at the trailer below…