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October 3, 2013 5:09 PM
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Watch: 27 Academy Award Nominated Live Action Short Films

"West Bank Story"

The Live Action Short Film category has colored the cinematic canvas of the Academy Awards for almost as long as the lavish ceremony has erupted onto the streets of Hollywood.

Despite intermittent name and structure changes over the years, this category has brought the best in short form storytelling into the limelight. 

With the pre-Oscar buzz in full swing, here's a look back at the Live Action Short Films that have colored the cinematic landscape of the Academy Awards since 1931: 

Vimeo and Youtube streaming links to the films:

The Music Box (1932) - Hal Roach

La Cucaracha (1934) - Kenneth McGowan

Stairway to Light (1945) - Herbert Moulton

Happy Anniversary (1962) - Pierre Etaix

Boys and Girls (1983) - Janice L. Platt

Syrup (1993) - Paul Unwin, Nick Vivian 

Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life (1994) - Peter Capaldi

The Accountant (2001) - Ray McKinnon

Copy Shop (2001) - Virgil Widrich

Fait d'Hiver (2002) - Dirk Belien 

I'll Just Wait for the Next One (2002) - Philippe Orreindy

Most (The Bridge) (2003) - Bobby Garabedian

Dog (2003) - Steven Pasvolsky, Joe Weatherstone

Two Cars One Night (2004) - Taika Waititi 

Wasp (2004) - Andrea Arnold 

7:35 in the Morning (2004) - Nacho Vigalondo

The Last Farm (2005) - Runar Runarsson 

Six Shooter (2005) - Martin McDonagh 

Helmer and Son (2006) - Soren Pilmark 

West Bank Story (2006) - Ari Sandel

New Boy (2007) - Steph Green 

"Instead of Abracadabra"

Instead of Abracadabra (2009) - Patrik Eklund 

Miracle Fish (2009) - Luke Doolan 

The New Tenants (2009) - Joachim Back

The Crush (2010) - Michael Creagh

The Shore (2011) - Terry George

Pentecoast (2011) - Peter McDonald


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2 Comments

  • aj | October 15, 2013 4:40 PMReply

    great post . more of these please .

  • stevenstevo | October 3, 2013 11:10 PMReply

    Oh man, this is good stuff. It is always such a pain to find short films online--many are not available of course, and it takes a while just to figure out which ones are online.