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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

88th Academy Awards: The Shorts

The nominees are:

Best Animated Short Film

Bear Story

Director: Gabriel Osorio Vargas
Plot: An old bear relates the story of his life through a mechanical diorama.


Director: Richard Williams
Plot: The depiction of a battle between Spartans and Athenians in ancient Greece.

Director's Oscar History: 1 previous win for Best Short Subject, Animated Film for A Christmas Carol (1972); 1 previous win for Best Effects, Visual Effects for Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988); and 1 Special Achievement Award for Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

Sanjay's Super Team

Director: Sanjay Patel
Plot: A young boy daydreams while his father makes him participate in religious meditation.

We Can't Live Without Cosmos

Director: Konstantin Bronzit
Plot: Two lifelong friends train for the opportunity to go on a space mission.

Director's Oscar History: 1 previous nomination for Best Short Film, Animated for Lavatory Lovestory (2008)

World of Tomorrow

Director: Don Hertzfeld
Plot: A little girl takes a tour of her distant future.

Director's Oscar History: 1 previous nominated for Best Short Film, Animated for Rejected (2001)

Best Live Action Short Film

Ave Maria

Director: Basil Khalil
Plot: The routine of 5 nuns living in a convent on the West Bank is interrupted by the arrival of religious Israeli settlers when their car breaks down.

Day One

Director: Henry Hughes
Plot: A US Army interpreter in Afghanistan must deliver the baby of an enemy bomb-maker.

Everything Will Be Okay

Director: Patrick Vollrath
Plot: A young girl spends what is supposed to be a routine weekend with her father and gradually comes to suspect that something is wrong.


Director: Jamie Donoughue
Plot: Two friends struggle to survive during the Kosovo war.


Director: Benjamin Cleary
Plot: A typographer with a speech impediment must face his greatest fear.

Best Documentary, Short Subject

Body Team 12

Director: David Darg
Subject: Red Cross workers tasked with collecting the dead in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Chau, Beyond the Lines

Director: Courtney Marsh
Subject: Chau, a teenager disabled by the effects of Agent Orange, who dreams of becoming an artist.

Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

Director: Adam Benzine
Subject: The 12 year effort of director Claude Lanzmann to make his documentary Shoah.

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness

Director: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Subject: A Pakistani woman who is the survivor of an attempted honor killing.

Last Day of Freedom

Director: Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman
Subject: A man realizes that his brother has committed a crime and struggles over his decision to call the police.

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