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Short, Sometimes Sweet, But Always Thought-Provoking: The 2020 Oscar-Nominees For Live, Animated And Documentary Short Film

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Larry Mantle and all of the FilmWeek critics are gearing up to break down the major Oscar categories at our annual FilmWeek Academy Awards Preview Show this Sunday, February 2nd at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles (tickets here). But not to be overlooked are the short films that the Academy will also recognize.


The 2020 Oscar-nominated short films are playing at select theatres all across Southern California. Check your local listings to find out where you can see them in your area. These are the nominees:


Best Documentary Short Subject

In the Absence,” Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone,” Carol Dysinger

Life Overtakes Me,” Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas

St. Louis Superman,” Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan

Walk Run Cha-Cha,” Laura Nix


Best Live Action Short Film

Brotherhood,” Meryam Joobeur

Nefta Football Club,” Yves Piat

The Neighbors’ Window,” Marshall Curry

Saria,” Bryan Buckley

A Sister,” Delphine Girard


Animated Short

Dcera,” Daria Kashcheeva

Hair Love,” Matthew A. Cherry

Kitbull,” Rosana Sullivan

Memorable,” Bruno Collet

Sister,” Siqi Song

For theater locations, showtimes, ticket information and more on the nominees, click here.


Charles Solomon, film critic for KPCC, Animation Scoop and Animation Magazine

Claudia Puig, film critic for KPCC and president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA); she tweets @ClaudiaPuig

Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and