You Made This Clip Go Viral ... And Then The Academy Awards Took Notice


Well, if you don't, refresh your memory with this post.

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If you do, you'll remember that Alice Herz-Sommer, at 109 years young, was an accomplished pianist who lived through the Holocaust in the concentration camp called Terezín, a feeder camp for the dreaded gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. While she survived and played music throughout the war, her husband and parents weren't as lucky.


When we posted a clip from the short documentary "The Lady in Number 6," it went gangbusters on our site, getting almost 1.7 million views to date.

This is a lot of attention for any video. For a short, no-budget documentary, it's an insane amount of attention. Think about it. What's the last short documentary you've seen or remembered? I'll wait...

In any case, all of this attention got the producer, Nick Reed, a call from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His labor of love got nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject)!

Here's how he remembers it, as told to Upworthy in a phone call:

And then come Oscar night. Well ... a picture's worth a thousand words:

One bit of sad news: Shortly before the Oscars, on Feb. 23, 2014, Alice passed. She was 110.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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