Tuesday, 25 November 2014


141 live action short films have been screened for AMPAS, and they've carried out their annual process of culling the vast majority of eligible titles to come up with a shortlist prior to nomination. Next month, members will meet in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in the US, and London in the UK, to decide upon three to five nominees in the Best Live Action Short category, depending on the strength of the year's crop. Just for once, I'd like to see an Oscar ceremony in which the maximum amount of films was nominated in every single category, and that includes expanding the Best Makeup category. Oh well, one way or another, Oscar nominations are announced on the 15th of January. Here are the ten live action short films vying for a spot in the race:

Aya (Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis)
Baghdad Messi (Sahim Omar Kalifa and Kobe van Steenberghe)
Boogaloo and Graham (Ronan Blaney and Michael Lennox)
Butter Lamp (Julien Feret and Hu Wei)
Carry On (Li Ya Tao)
My Father's Truck (Mauricio Osaki)
Parvaneh (Stefan Eichenberger and Talkhon Hamzavi)
The Phone Call (Mat Kirkby and James Lucas)
SLR (Stephen Fingleton and Matthew James Wilkinson)
Summer Vacation (Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon)