During the Oscar season, constant buzz surrounds the films that dominate throughout. Many are nominated for best picture and almost every other category. However, a rather important category is often forgotten. The short films are often from up and coming directors, writers, and animators and tell important stories.
The three categories of short films are live action, animation, and documentary. Here, you can find a brief summary on the nominees for live action and animation. I have also included my selections for each category.
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The nominees for Live Action:
By Anders Walter
When Enzo, a janitor at a hospital, comes across young Alfred, a terminally ill patient with an affinity for hot air balloons and air craft, they form a unique bond as Enzo tells Alfred about an alternative universe; the land of Helium. Helium provides Alfred with a mind oasis during his final days.
My pick for best the best live action short is “Helium.” It was a very hard decision because I thought that every nominee for Live Action was superior, but after close examination I decided “Helium” had a moving story, excellent cinematography, and phenomenal graphics and animation of the land Helium.
“The Voorman Problem”
By Mark Gill
Language: English (UK)
Doctor Williams, a psychiatrist played by Martin Freeman (Sherlock) is asked to examine the rather curious Mr. Voorman, an inmate at the state prison. What exactly is up with Voorman? Well, he believes himself to be a God, claiming that he is capable of performing outrageous acts like, perhaps making the country of Belgium disappear right before Tea Time…
“Just Before Losing Everything”
By Xavier Legrand
This gripping short follows a young boy, emotional teenaged girl, and a middle aged woman throughout the span of a morning. Minimal dialogue adds to the suspense and helps to carry a very powerful message about domestic abuse. It leaves you cheering for the characters and worrying about what happens with them long after the credits roll.
“That Wasn’t Me”
By Esteban Crespo
Languages: English and Spanish
A very graphic short about Spanish Aid workers who come across child soldiers in Africa. This short was at times, very painful to watch, because it features everything you would imagine about an African rebel camp. Not only is it about physical battle, but it also focuses on a character’s battle with themselves between morals and survival.
“Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?”
By Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Salari
This short is about a chaotic morning of waking up late on the day of an important wedding. Everything that could possibly go wrong, goes wrong! You can actually feel the struggle of the mother of a family of four with two young girls. This humorous film is surely relatable to any family, or mother to be more specific, when you just cannot seem to get everything and everyone together.
Animated Shorts nominees:
By Shuhei Morita
This animated short is about a Japanese man who is trekking through the woods as a vicious rainstorm falls. He seeks shelter in an abandoned shrine to wait for the rain to subside. When he awakens from a nap, he encounters many seemingly inanimate objects that then come alive.
“Room on the Broom”
By Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
Language: English (UK)
An aloof witch and sassy cat brew up a potion to make a flying broom. During their journeys on the broom, the witch and cat pick up some new friends (and enemies) along the way. With narrations throughout the short, this film is told like a moving picture children’s book.
By Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
Similar to Wall-E, this short is about a man made out of bolts and slabs of metals living in a futuristic mechanical world. He rescues a stray puppy who grows quite large… It follows the relationship between a reclusive man and an outgoing dog as it grows.
“Mr. Hublot” is my pick for the animated shorts category because it pulls with your emotions and ends in such a charming way. Not to mention, the animation is very well done!
By Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
Language: English (USA)
When a young boy is found living in the wilderness with the wolves, a hunter takes him under his wing and brings him to live with him in his modern village. He cleans up the boy and enters him into school. However, the boy’s transition into village life is not as smooth as planned.
“Get a Horse!”
By Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
This short takes viewers back to Disney’s classic Mickey Mouse. Mickey and his friends go for a hay ride, but are disrupted by a certain peg-legged enemy who tries to wreck the friends’ joyful wagon ride.