猫ビデオのアカデミー賞!? フリスキー猫動画コンテスト、1,400作品の頂点はこの子猫!

ネット上に星の数ほどある猫ビデオの中で、どのビデオが「ベスト」なのでしょうか?映画にはアカデミー賞がありますが、猫ビデオ部門は存在しません。そこで日本でもよく知られるキャットフードメーカーの「フリスキー(Friskies)」が、アカデミーさながらのビデオコンテストをアメリカで大々的に主催しました。


かわいい猫芸達者な猫箱好きな猫アンニュイな猫...映画のように脚本があるわけでもなく、「優れた演技」という基準もない中で、どうやって猫ビデオ大賞の受賞者を選ぶのでしょうか。

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「The Oscars」ではなく、「The Friskies」と呼ばれたこのコンテスト。人々が会場に集い正装したプロの司会もいる、1時間半近くに及ぶ授賞式もロサンゼルスで行なわれました。金のオスカー像(Oscar statuette/スタッチュエット)のかわりに、「キャッチュエット(Catuette)」という金の猫の小像まである丁寧ぶりです。

猫愛好家雑誌の編集長や映画監督などを含む審査員パネルのもとには、1,400本近くのオリジナルビデオが投稿されたそうです。オリジナリティ、ビデオの質、観客への訴え、「猫らしさ」を表現しているか...などの審査基準をもとにして採点され、12本の作品が最終選考に残りました。

その後コンテストサイトで、一般投票を2週間ほど実施。一般からの投票数を40%計算に入れ、審査員の採点・投票を60%として、受賞作が決まりました。

そんな厳密な過程を経て、1,400本のビデオの頂点に立った猫の名前は...なんと「オスカー」でした。(でも綴りは"Oskar"なのでちょっと違います。)オスカーのビデオはもともと1年ほど前にYouTubeに投稿されたものなので、見たことがある方もいるかもしれません。

大賞受賞作品、『Oskar's First Toys』は、目の見えない子猫のオスカーが引き取られて家族のもとにやって来た翌日、場所がわかるように音の鳴るオモチャをいくつか与えられた時の様子を撮影したものです。

生まれつき完全な眼球を持っていないオスカーですが、好奇心あふれる子猫として新しいオモチャを発見し、ワクワクして遊ぶのは他の猫と変わりません。この後も先輩猫のクラウスに見守られながら順調にすくすくと育って、恐いもの知らずのやんちゃで元気な猫になったそうです。

「キャッチュエット」像のほかに、オスカーは1万5,000ドル(約120万円)の賞金も獲得しました。(アカデミー賞受賞者には賞金の類は付与されないので、猫の受賞者の方がこの場合人間よりお金持ちですね。)

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飼い主兼製作者のミック・シュドロフスキー(Mick Szydlowski)さんは受賞にあたり、このコンテストを見て、もっと多くの人がオスカーのような障がいのある動物を引き取ることを検討する将来を願います、とコメントしました。

「適切な環境を整えれば、特別なニーズがある動物も力強く育つものです」とも。

オスカーを引き取った当時、シュドロフスキー夫妻はもうすでに1匹猫を飼っていました。2匹目を検討中、オスカーの引き取り手を募集する告知を見つけ会いに行ったところ、初めて盲目だということを知ったそうです。抱いてみると、くたっと安心してくつろいだオスカー。その時点で、動物保護施設などに行かせることはできなくなり連れ帰ったとか。

第一回「The Friskies」の祭典にともない、各部門の受賞作に授与された副賞のほかに、25団体の猫レスキュー機関向けに25万缶のキャットフードがフリスキーから寄付されたそうです。

他部門で入賞した優秀作品、授賞式はこちらで見られます。

オスカーのFacebookページ: www.facebook.com/BlindOskar

記事元:HuffPost GNTIMEThe FriskiesYouTube(PurinaFriskies)

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TOKYO - JANUARY 20:  A cat plays at Nekorobi cat cafe on January 20, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. Cat cafes, where people can spend time with their favorite cat for about 10 US dollars an hour, are now getting more popular with people living in urban areas. The regular customers are mainly in their 20's to 30's and seaking healing by cats, or people who cannot afford to have pets full time. Some visiters come to the cat cafe three times a week.

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