The director of the award-winning short talks about his eclectic cast.
LOS ANGELES -- "They are movie stars. I joke about it like they are my movie stars!" That's Sean Wang talking about his two grandmothers, the stars of his celebrated short, "Nai Nai & Wài Pó," when he recently sat down with On the Red Carpet.
The film centers around the daily life of his stars who, at an advanced age, make an ordinary life seem extraordinary. Despite their age and lack of experience, Wang says the two were easy to work with.
"No one has ever really given them the opportunity to play like this," he said. "And I think for us, we didn't have to yank it out of them, it was already there."
The film made its world premiere at SXSW where it received both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award. And now it has reached the pinnacle of awards season, an Oscar nomination.
"Saying the sentence out loud is insane," he said. "My grandmothers are nominated."
And if they win, Wang has a special celebration planned.
"We need to bring the grandmas on stage for a dance party," he said. "Forty five seconds, no speech, just dancing."
"Nai Nai & Wài Pó" premieres on Disney+ on Feb. 9.
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