The short film categories were something I was not going to tackle pre-nomination, as it is impossible for me to see the films this early. However, in the case of the Live Action Short category, I have had the privilege of seeing four of the 10 films that have been shortlisted for nomination.
This by no means makes my predictions definitive. But I will do what I can to shed some light on the elusive subject.
Best Live Action Short
- Nocturne in Black
- The Rifle, The Jackal, The Wolf and The Boy
- Sing (Mindenki)
- The Way of Tea
Will Win: Who Knows
Full disclosure: I have only seen three of these five films. Graffiti, the fourth film I’ve seen from the shortlist, is good but might not be strong enough narratively to make the cut. I have similar reservations about The Rifle, The Jackal, The Wolf and the Boy. The two shorts are similar in multiple regards. But I think The Rifle has some great technical aspects that could give it an edge.
I have a good feeling about Timecode. It is quirky and heartening in a way that feels refreshing. This is similar to last year’s winner, Stutterer. Sing is also good both narratively and cinematically. Honestly, anything could happen in this category at this point.
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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)