Best Documentary Short

The final shorts category at the Oscars is documentary short. To be eligible for nomination, these films had to win at one of the qualifying film festivals.

Oscars 2017 – Best Animated Short

Animated shorts allow for engaging, unique storylines and inventive forms of animation. Disney and Pixar are always tough competition in this category – nominated every year for the past six, winning twice – but they have some seriously creative competition.

Oscars 2016 – Best Live Action Shorts

The shorts are some of the trickier categories for most people to predict as almost no one gets to see these films, unless they are lucky enough to find them played together at a local film festival. Each film has a link to their trailer, so you’ll get some sense of what each is like.

Oscars 2016 – Best Documentary Short

Documentary short is a difficult category to gauge since most people don’t have any chances to check them out. This year there are two Netflix nominees so you can check out The White Helmets and Extremis and we’ve got your back with descriptions of each below!

Best Documentary Short

HBO is nominated three times this year, but they’re not the only powerful documentary shorts. Injustice and suffering is the prominent theme running through all five nominees, with few lighthearted breaks to relax and recoup.

Oscars 2014 — Best Live Action Short

These shorts run from light-hearted comedy to deadly serious dramas to an engaging thriller. The standout of the five nominees was Just Before Losing Everything, a thrilling, captivating story of a woman trying to escape the husband she fears before it’s too late. Click links for trailers.

  1. Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) – A woman escapes from her terrifying husband along with her two children. This thrilling short captivates for the 29 minute runtime, giving the audiences an immediate adrenaline rush mixed with just enough dread.
  2. The Voorman Problem – Martin Freeman stars in this comedic short where he must determine the sanity of Mr Voorman, a prisoner who believes he’s a god.
  3. Helium – A dying boy is told tales of a magical land by the hospital janitor.
  4. Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) – Having children can be chaotic, as is shown in this comedy about one morning where a mother tries to take care of everything herself.
  5. Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) – Courage and forgiveness feature heavily in this story about soldiers told from the perspective of the killers.