The Academy’s Short Films and Animation branch selected five live-action shorts (out of 165 qualified submissions) to contend for the Oscar after attending January branch screenings in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco. Politics may have an impact on this year’s race, as timely “DeKalb Elementary” deals with a troubled young man with a gun ready to wreak havoc on an elementary school. A moving portrait of a deaf girl with a sympathetic teacher, “The Silent Child,” is also a strong contender.
“The Silent Child” (Chris Overton, director, and Rachel Shenton, writer, Slick Films)
“DeKalb Elementary” (Reed Van Dyk, director, UCLA)
“The Eleven O’Clock” (Derin Seale, director, FINCH)
“My Nephew Emmett” (Kevin Wilson, Jr., director, New York University)
“Watu Wote/All of Us” (Katja Benrath, director, Hamburg Media School)