Oscars 2018: Best Live-Action Short Shortlist

And now, Best Live-Action Shortlist. Because I wasn’t gonna force two documentary categories on your guys in a row. That would just be cruel.

Not much to say about this one. This is typically the hardest category of all to pick, because you never get to see them beforehand, you never know what they are, and you never really know the criteria for how they nominate stuff.

So pretty much all we do here is look at the ten films, read what they’re about, and then blindly guess, “Okay, that one sounds like it’ll be on,” and hope for the best.

So here is your shortlist for Best Live-Action Short:

May Day

Right, though? Here’s what I can find out about these, as best I can:

Caroline — When plans fall through, a six-year-old is faced with a big responsibility on a hot Texas day.

And oh look, it’s available right here:

Chuchotage — During a professional conference in Prague, two interpreters in the Hungarian booth hilariously vie for the attention of one listener.

Sounds funny. Here’s a trailer:

Detainment — Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case which shocked the world in 1993.

Damn. I thought it was going a different way. Look at the trailer. This looks professional.

Fauve — Set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer…

This one’s available right here:

Icare — On a tiny island encircled by steep cliffs, a unique house stands alone facing the sea. Obsessed by the dream that, one day, man may be able to fly just like a bird, an inventor experiments with machines on this abandoned piece of land. For this man, only a pure, light and naive soul is capable of such a feat. Recruited from the continent, 11-year-old Joseph seems to be the perfect candidate.

Can’t seem to find a trailer on this one at the moment.

Marguerite — An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past.

Trailer here:

May Day — Several people gather in Thierry’s living room. The air is thick with anticipation. None of them know each other, but they all have on thing in common. They are desperate for a job

Snippet here:

Mother — While at home in her apartment with her own mother in Spain, a woman gets a phone call from her six-year-old son, who’s on holiday in France with his father. Every parent’s nightmare ensues.

Trailer here:

Skin — A small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10 year old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

No preview for this one, as far as I can tell.

Wale — An 18 year old youth offender is trying to get his own business going as a mechanic. But enterprise isn’t so easy when you’re a young, black male with a criminal past. And it doesn’t get any easier when you’re framed by one of your new clients for a harrowing crime.

Trailer here:

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So, that’s as much information as I can find about all of these. The Academy didn’t make it easy on me. All they released were titles. Are you really gonna make people look for a short named “Mother’ the year after the Jennifer Lawrence movie came out?

But yeah, that’s what we’ve got. Having the ability to watch two of these is mighty helpful. Of course, I don’t have the time to do so now, so I’m honestly just gonna spitball for the moment and revisit this later when I don’t have three more of these things to write up once I’m done with this.




May Day


That would be my guess for a category. I feel like I’d always automatically guess Caroline because of children and guess Skin because of the race thing. But I feel like I always end up wrong in some way. But again, this is based on literally nothing. I’m just guessing based on synopses.

Detainment definitely seems like a strong contender, Chuchotage definitely sounds like what they’d go for. May Day… maybe they do two comedic ones? Wale also sounds a lot like them. And I put Marguerite because something tells me that’s the kind of thing I’d be wrong to leave off most years. I’m sure I’ll still leave it off in the end, but we’ll see.

If anything, we now have something to look at for all these shorts, which is a damn slight more than the Academy gave us to work with (or I’m sure anyone else who ran the shortlists as soon as they came out).

Three more to go. Almost there. Fortunately it starts to get fun now.

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