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    Atypical
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    This is one of the highlights of the Oscar season for me. The shorts are finally premiering this weekend in wide release. See them soon, b/c with the truncated Oscar season this year, I don’t expect them to air past next weekend, sadly.

    The nominees are:

    SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

    DCERA (DAUGHTER)
    Daria Kashcheeva

    HAIR LOVE
    Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver

    KITBULL
    Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson

    MEMORABLE
    Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre

    SISTER
    Siqi Song

    SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

    BROTHERHOOD
    Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon

    NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB
    Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi

    THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW
    Marshall Curry

    SARIA
    Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre

    A SISTER
    Delphine Girard

    DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

    IN THE ABSENCE
    Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam

    LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)
    Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva

    LIFE OVERTAKES ME
    John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson

    ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN
    Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan

    WALK RUN CHA-CHA
    Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

    Discuss.

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    Predictions and rankings:

    Live-Action:
    Will Win: Saria
    Personal Ranking:
    1. Brotherhood
    2. The Neighbors’ Window
    3. A Sister
    4. Nefta Football Club
    5. Saria

    Animated:
    Will Win: Hair Love
    Personal Ranking:
    1. Memorable
    2. Kitbull
    3. Dcera (Daughter)
    4. Hair Love
    5. Sister

    Documentary:
    Will Win: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
    Personal Ranking:
    1. In the Absence
    2. Life Overtakes Me
    3. Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
    4. Walk Run Cha-Cha

    Does anybody have link to St. Louis Superman?

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    ^Could you explain why you are thinking Saria will win? I have Brotherhood in my predictions. Haven’t seen any of them yet, just wondering what reasoning there is for Saria?

    Nefta Football Club was nominated for a Cesar award this past Wednesday.

    I have Hair Love and Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone in my predictions too. Hoping I can get 2 out of 3 after last year’s fiasco of getting zero right due to letting my own opinions get in my way (I disliked Period. End of Sentence and Skin immensely).

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    ^Could you explain why you are thinking Saria will win? I have Brotherhood in my predictions. Haven’t seen any of them yet, just wondering what reasoning there is for Saria?

    Nefta Football Club was nominated for a Cesar award this past Wednesday.

    I have Hair Love and Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone in my predictions too. Hoping I can get 2 out of 3 after last year’s fiasco of getting zero right due to letting my own opinions get in my way (I disliked Period. End of Sentence and Skin immensely).

    I don’t have some special explanation for my Saria prediction tbh. I just checked audience score and they’re pretty good, and the movie is about children which is what frequently wins. Brotherhood is my fav, but really it doesn’t feel like their cup of tea. Nefta Football Club is a comedy, which also don’t usually win here.

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    Why people think Brotherhood will win here…? I don’t understand these predictions. It’s very good, visually stunning but just too challenging for most members i think. Such films just never win in this category. So i’m kinda baffled it’s odds on to win on GD.

    I think it’s between Neighbors Window and Saria. Leaning former

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    Ah yes, the nebulous Short Film categories that never seem to go to the frontrunner and always mess uk my predictions. I think this year I will just employ the strategy if voting for the 2nd place in each of these categories, except for Animated Short: I’m confident Hair Love will win that one.

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    ^Could you explain why you are thinking Saria will win? I have Brotherhood in my predictions. Haven’t seen any of them yet, just wondering what reasoning there is for Saria? Nefta Football Club was nominated for a Cesar award this past Wednesday. I have Hair Love and Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone in my predictions too. Hoping I can get 2 out of 3 after last year’s fiasco of getting zero right due to letting my own opinions get in my way (I disliked Period. End of Sentence and Skin immensely).

    It’s not a good short imo but might win because of the tragic subject matter.

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    LIVE ACTION SHORT FILMS

    Not the best roster I’ve seen since these films started being released wide. I wouldn’t have nominated either “Nefta Football Club” or “Brotherhood,” and I’d be pretty disappointed if the latter ended up winning based solely on topical content. Both of these shorts were slight and unengaging to me. If the serious route is what Academy voters will take, there’s “Saria” right there instead that accomplishes similar modern-day political messaging with a tighter, more interesting real-life story. I was unnerved by the tense “A Sister,” but I think the nomination is the reward for it. I’m predicting “The Neighbors’ Window” to win the Oscar. Many times it’s the apple in a sea of oranges that wins out here, like “God of Love,” “Stutterer,” and “The New Tenants.” This one has both levity and drama, stars a known Hollywood actress (I instantly recognized her from “Orange Is the New Black,” but she’s been acting in films for a long time), and being one of the more relatable US entries will also help. I think the race is between the two US nominees, which is sort of rare. I wouldn’t be surprised if “Saria” wins over “The Neighbors’ Window,” but anything else winning would be unfortunate.

    Rankings:

    1. “The Neighbors’ Window” (USA)
    2. “Saria” (USA)
    3. “A Sister” (Belgium)
    4. “Brotherhood” (Tunisia/Canada/etc.)
    5. “Nefta Football Club” (France)

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    I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to wing these predictions sadly. A couple theatres are doing runs of all three this weekend but sadly, I work all weekend. I’ve seen Hair Love, which is on Youtube, but that’s the only one I’ve been able to catch.

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    Predictions and rankings:

    Live-Action:
    Will Win: Saria
    Personal Ranking:
    1. Brotherhood
    2. The Neighbors’ Window
    3. A Sister
    4. Nefta Football Club
    5. Saria

    Animated:
    Will Win: Hair Love
    Personal Ranking:
    1. Memorable
    2. Kitbull
    3. Dcera (Daughter)
    4. Hair Love
    5. Sister

    Documentary:
    Will Win: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
    Personal Ranking:
    1. In the Absence
    2. Life Overtakes Me
    3. Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
    4. Walk Run Cha-Cha

    Does anybody have link to St. Louis Superman?

    This could’ve been easily written by me, since I agree with everything you said here, haha.

    I also have a really strong feeling that Saria is going to take this, even if it’s the only of the nominees that haven’t taken any awards yet. It seems just like the only option for the Academy’s profile here, but I could see an upset by Nefta Football Club here.

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    Rooting for Hair Love!

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    ANIMATED SHORT FILMS

    Much stronger field, thankfully, than the live action shorts this year. There is even a “Highly Commended” short that I would have nominated over what was actually nominated. The race seems to be “Hair Love”‘s to lose, and maybe the recent resurgence of #OscsrsSoWhite will push this over the edge. It was middle of the pack for me, even though the overall message of familial support was a heartwarming one. I was much more taken by two very moving and depressing shorts instead (not too common for this category). “Sister” is a compelling short about a Chinese man vividly imagining what it would have been like to have a sister during China’s “one child only” era. It was amazing both visually and stylistically and deeply resonated with me. Czech Republic’s “Dcera [Daughter]” had the most striking animation of the field in a touching story about a grown daughter’s estrangement with her father on his deathbed. The two I didn’t like all that much were “Mémorable,” a scattered and unwieldy impressionistic take on an old couple dealing with Alzheimer’s, and the silly “Kitbull,” a short about the friendship between a cat and a dog. I’d replace either one with the striking “Henrietta Bulkowski,” a lovely American short about a woman with a hunchback who wants to fly planes, but takes flight in another way instead. It starred Christina Hendricks and Chris Cooper, so that kind of high-profile voice talent is usually enough for an Oscar nomination. Anyways, going out on a limb and picking “Sister” to upset, knowing that “Hair Love” is the supposed frontrunner. We’ll find out the results soon enough.

    Rankings:

    1. “Sister” (China/USA)
    2. “Dcera [Daughter]” (Czech Republic)
    3. “Hair Love” (USA)
    4. “Mémorable” (France)
    5. “Kitbull” (USA)

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    Ranked Predictions:
    Live Action:
    1. Nefta Football Club
    2. The Neighbors’ Window
    3. Saria
    4. Brotherhood
    5. A Sister

    Would be a little surprised if the winner isn’t out of the first two. A Sister is something those of us who watch to shorts have seen before, it isn’t the most effective version of it and they usually lose. Brotherhood is fine, I don’t know who is motivated to vote for it though. Saria has a call to arms kind of message but is tonally uneven. The Neighbor’s Window has the advantage of English and it’s a good short, a nice mix of new ideas and emotions. I do think the ending was lacking something more. I think Nefta wins as a story with beginning, middle and an unforeseen ending (which they love). Child actors help. It’s funny without being out-and-out comedy. It does remind me a lot of Sing which won in 2016.

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    Slept on it and switched to St. Louis Superman. I saw the Skateboarding short but I don’t know, it feels like it sounds better on paper than what it actually is.

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    I’m actually seeing them this year which is exciting. The last few years, and I’ve had success with this, I just pick the ones which have the names which stick out to me/seem like they’d be important. For me, this year that’s:

    Nefta Football Club
    Saria
    Hair Love
    Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
    St. Louis Superman

    Top 3 Films of the Year: Parasite, The Farewell, OUATIH

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