For those short films lucky enough to make it onto the Oscar shortlists, today is the day those filmmakers will discover if they progressed one-step closer to an Academy Award, with the announcement of the nominations. With the 45 shortlisted films whittled down to just 15, five in each of the three categories – Best Animated Short Film, Best Documentary Short Film & Best Live Action Short Film – we already picked our favorites in our Voter’s Guide, so it was down to the Academy members to select the films to advance.

With voting open for five days in late February (Thu 22nd to Tue 27th), we’ll have to wait until the awards ceremony on Sun 10th March to discover the winners, keeping checking back with this article and we’ll update it if any more of the short come online.

Here are this year’s nominees:

Best Animated Short Film


Both Pachyderme (above) and Letter to a Pig were featured on Short of the Week.

  • Letter to a Pig directed by Tal Kantor | Watch Trailer
  • Ninety-Five Senses directed by Jared Hess | Watch Trailer
  • Our Uniform directed by Yegane Moghaddam | Watch Trailer
  • Pachyderme directed by Stéphanie Clément | Watch Now
  • War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko directed by Dave Mullins | Watch Trailer

Previous winner: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy and Matthew Freud


Best Documentary Short Film

Nai Nai and Wai Po Sean Wang

Sean Wang’s Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó (above) is one of two films from S/W alums on the nominees list, alongside The Last Repair Shop directed by Kris Bowers & Ben Proudfoot

  • The ABCs of Book Banning directed by Trish Adlesic, Nazenet Habtezghi & Sheila Nevins | Watch Trailer
  • The Barber of Little Rock directed by John Hoffman & Christine Turner | Shortverse Page
  • Island in Between directed by S. Leo Chiang | Watch Now
  • The Last Repair Shop directed by Kris Bowers & Ben Proudfoot | Watch Now
  • Nǎi Nai & Wài Pó directed by Sean Wang | Watch Trailer

Previous winner: The Elephant Whisperers by Kartiki Gonsalves


Best Live Action Short Film

Wes Anderson Henry Sugar Short Film

Wes Anderson’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is sure to a be a favorite for the Best Live-Action Short Oscar

  • The After directed by Misan Harriman | Watch Trailer
  • Invincible directed by Vincent René-Lortie | Watch Now
  • Knight of Fortune directed by Lasse Lyskjær Noer | Watch Now
  • Red, White and Blue directed by Nazrin Choudhury | Watch Now
  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar directed by Wes Anderson | Watch Trailer

Previous winner: An Irish Goodbye by Tom Berkeley and Ross White