Where to Watch This Year's Oscar-Nominated Animated and Live-Action Shorts
Even with 10 films to watch, it's not a big time commitment
With the 2017 Academy Awards just around the corner, it’s time to race to theaters to see this year’s contenders like La La Land and Hidden Figures. But don’t forget about the often overlooked categories of Best Animated Short and Best Live-Action Short.
Ranging from heartbreaking to inspirational, the nominees in these categories are worth a watch. And the best part? Even with 10 films to watch, it’s not a big time commitment!
Find out how to watch the projects ahead of the Feb. 26 award ceremony.
How to Watch Animated Short Film Nominees:
This short from the National Film Board of Canada follows a woman cursed with a left eye that sees the past and a right eye that sees the future. “Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities. ‘Blind Vaysha,’ they called her,” the film’s description on the NFB website reads.
“I wanted to personalize this anxiety of being pressed between the past and the future,” director Theodore Ushev told IndieWire. “I think that many people are very nostalgic for the past. And, of course, they’re afraid of the future. And now they’re afraid even more.”
Unfortunately, the 8-minute film is blocked from being downloaded in the United States. Check the Oscars’ website for local theaters screening animated short nominees.
Watch the trailer below.
Pixar Animation Studios is known to occasionally go to the dark side (that tear-jerking montage at the beginning of Up, anyone?), and this short is certainly not a cartoon for kids. Animators Lou Hamou-Lhadj and Andrew Coats tell an emotional story about grief in Borrowed Time, following a sheriff in the Old West haunted by memories of a tragic accident.
Although the film was previously available to watch on Vimeo, it has now been made private. Starting Feb. 8, Borrowed Time will be shown at the IFC New York Premiere, followed by a wider national release on Feb. 10 and international release on Feb. 17. Check the Oscars’ website for local theaters screening animated short nominees.
Check out the film’s teaser below.
Pear Cidar and Cigarettes
Vancouver filmmaker and illustrator Robert Valley gets personal in this 32-minute animated movie, recounting his 25-year friendship with a self-sabotaging daredevil named Techno Stypes. When Techno is hospitalized in China in need of a liver transplant, Robert goes to great lengths to return his friend to Canada.
The film is now available to rent or own through Vimeo on Demand. Watch the trailer below.
Patrick Osborne’s animated short isn’t just a movie — it’s an immersive experience. The virtual-reality project produced by Google Spotlight Stories and Evil Eye Pictures tells the story of a single father raising his daughter without leaving the setting of a car. And there’s a catch: The viewer can rotate the view 360 degrees throughout the film (just don’t accidentally get stuck looking at the passenger side seat for the entire five minutes).
Pearl is available to watch and explore on YouTube or via the Google Spotlight Stories app.
Theatergoers who arrived early to Pixar’s Finding Dory this summer were introduced to an adorable creature before the under-the-sea shenanigans began.
Piper, directed by Nicolas Alan Barillaro,is the story of a young sandpiper learning to become self-sufficient. After getting toppled by a wave, however, its fear of the ocean makes finding food especially challenging. Eventually, the bird discovers the wonder of the underwater world.
The full movie is available for purchase (from $1.99) on YouTube. Check out the preview below.
How to Watch Live-Action Short Film Nominees:
Sélim Azzazi’s French drama short film, whose title translates to Enemies Within, takes viewers back to the 1990s during the Algerian civil war rages. Cautious of terrorists entering the country, a French police officer of Algerian descent conducts a bitter interview with a French-born Algerian man seeking naturalization. The man’s fate rests in the police officer’s hands.
See the trailer below.
La Femme et le TGV
Titled The Railroad Lady in English, this live-action short follows a woman who begins exchanging letters with a train conductor after waving to the train every day for 30 years. When the train is diverted to another route, the woman goes in search of her love.
Outside Switzerland, La Femme et le TGV can be purchased for $2.99 on iTunes.
Check out the trailer below.
The film tells the story of a volunteer at a homeless shelter falling in love with an undocumented immigrant from Ghana. Director Aske Bang told Awards Daily that the idea for this short film came from his own experience with encountering immigrants in Denmark.
“I wrote this film with my father. We both live in an area in Copenhagen where we have a lot of immigrants, and on the streets where there are a lot of African immigrants,” he said. “At night, they’ll go around and collect the bottles which they’ll later deposit for money. That really is what triggered this idea.”
Check out the trailer below.
This short film from Hungary has already earned awards from film festivals all over the world. It tells the story of a young girl who excitedly joins the award-winning choir at her new school, only to uncover a troubling secret about her cruel instructor.
Watch the movie’s trailer below.
Directed by Juanjo Gimenez, the mundane routine of a parking lot security guard becomes much more interesting when she and the night guard begin a relationship by communicating through the garage’s surveillance footage.
Take a look a the short’s trailer below.
The Oscars will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.