Does anyone have insight into the shorts this year? I feel like I am flying blind. Right now I just slotted in all of the Goldderby frontrunners but that doesn’t mean much in these categories since so few people actually know what they are talking about when it comes to shorts and then once something is ahead in the odds, everyone else predicts them by default.
So — help?
Still boggles my mind they continue on with the shorts in the main telecast.
Not really. The Film Experience has some links where you can watch the some of them. But they are hard to find!
You can watch a couple of the documentary shorts on Netflix. Spoiler: they are not good.
I can only comment on what I’ve seen among the shortlisted:
Live Action: SING and THE RIFLE, THE JACKAL, THE WOLF AND THE BOY
Animated: PEARL, PIPER, INNER WORKINGS and BORROWED TIME
Doc: EXTREMIS and JOE’S VIOLIN
SING is a terrific film, with lots of Academy-friendly elements: Kid protagonist, nice moral lesson, generally upbeat. I’m not a fan of RJWB (I think it’s too long and telegraphs its ending too obviously), but it’s a heartstring-puller.
PEARL is simply brilliant and puts both Pixar entries to shame. BT is remarkably rendered but is a case, imho, of the style of the film overpowering the (fairly slight) story. Though again, it pushes buttons that might register.
EXTREMIS is as powerful a short doc as you’re going to find, a raw and brutal look at families weighing heavy medical decisions. JV is quite wonderful, with a story that’s stranger-than-fiction but in way that’s highly satisfying. That it’s got a Holocaust element to it only helps.
Speculating based on the subject matter, sight unseen, can be very deceptive since how a short film conveys its ideas is more telling that a one-sentence synopsis. Then again, I’ve found AMPAS rarely gives the final award to the best of the nominees, so what do I know?