Oscars Week: Best Short Films


Welcome to another combined post! Best Live-Action Short FilmBest Documentary Short Subject, and Best Animated Short Film are hard to gauge as they are often hard to find. (New Yorkers can see the films at the IFC Center or BAM. World of Tomorrow is available via Netflix.)

Who will win? Who can say?! For short documentaries, the Academy often chooses a political film, while a short, live-action film is a real wildcard; Pixar usually wins animated categories, regardless of length.

And the nominees for Best Documentary Short Subject are:

  • Body Team 12
  • Chau, beyond the Lines
  • Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
  • A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
  • Last Day of Freedom

And the nominees for Best Live Action Short Film are:

  • Ave Maria
  • Day One
  • Everything Will Be Okay
  • Shok
  • Stutterer

And the nominees for Best Animated Short are:

  • Bear Story
  • Prologue
  • Sanjay’s Super Team
  • We Can’t Live without Cosmos
  • World of Tomorrow

Sanjay’s Super Team is certain to win, though World of Tomorrow could easily take home the prize in the race as a dark horse. (Sanjay’s Super Team aired before The Good Dinosaur, which allowed more voters the possibility of seeing it.) Though I am an avowed Pixar hater, I’d love to see the short film win; Pixar and Disney are overwhelmingly white, and Christian, but Sanjay Patel’s stirring film is about a Hindu boy who fights Ravana with the help of Vishnu, Durga, and Hanuman.

Make sure to check out all of our Oscars Week picks!

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