Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Live-Action
- Parvaneh – I would pigeonhole this with a category I’ll call The Plight of Immigrants, but it’s also a lot of Being a Woman Is Hard Sometimes. Neither bad nor great. Acceptable. Probably my least favorite to win, which I mean only to say that it was a good selection this year.
- Butter Lamp (La lampe au beurre de yak) – Surprisingly effective for how little appears to happen. There is one moment of the briefest exposition that puts the actions of one character into context, but otherwise so genuine and natural that I couldn’t be sure that it was fiction at first.
- The Phone Call – My pick to win, so obviously doomed to lose. Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent are magical.
- Aya (איה) – Someone does something completely insane and isn’t arrested for it. Jerusalem must be a nice, safe place.
- Boogaloo and Graham – Better title: The Troubles with Chickens.