Reviews: 2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts (2020)

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  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [Animated]
    • Excerpt: Of the five nominated Animated Short Film there really isn’t a bad one in the bunch in terms of animation.
  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: Unlike last year, the Best Documentary Short Film nominees are not a collection of misery with only one having any sense of hope. Each of them is an exception film, well-crafted and I think worthy of recognition.
  • [New] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: The five nominated Live Action Short Films are all quite good, with Saria being the weakest of the bunch.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Animated]
    • Excerpt: The Czech Republic’s Daria Kashcheeva’s stop motion puppet animation is the first of three stop motion animations to be nominated, each using a different medium… This is my pick for the Oscar.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: Dysinger’s uplifting look at how women are finding poor young girls in Kabul and giving them…courage and confidence by teaching them how to skateboard, Is an infectious and uplifting work which I’m betting will take the Oscar.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: Tunisia is the setting for two of this year’s Live Action shorts in film, one a searing drama beneath the shadow of ISIS, the other a comedy involving a mule listening to the wrong music…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: Features Oscar winner “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl).”
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: Let’s hear it for Tunisia! The North African country actually figures in two out of the five films nominated in 2020.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews [Animation]
    • Excerpt: This year’s animated shorts are about the connections that form a family.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Animated]
    • Excerpt: My pick: I haven’t seen a short film this year that is as full of pure joy as “Hair Love.” I’d like to think that its sweet positivity will be the thing that, at this awful moment, gives it an edge.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: My pick: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl),” a tremendous ode to the power of sports to boost girls’ self-esteem and set them free from the shackles of the limited expectations.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: My pick: The gorgeous “Brotherhood” opens up reductive notions of Middle Eastern cultures in the Western imagination while telling a moving story of family and forgiveness that is quite universal.
  • Charlie Juhl @
    • Excerpt: This year’s Doc Short nominees share common themes even though they range from skateboarding girls in Afghanistan to the South Korean ferry disaster and even a Ferguson, Missouri state legislator.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
  • Michael Ward @ Should I See It [Animation]
    • Excerpt: All masterfully made, this year’s Oscar nominated Animated Short Films address emotional topics and issues that bridge the gap between fantasy and reality.
  • Michael Ward @ Should I See It [Documentary]
    • Excerpt: Tissues at the ready, this year’s slate of Oscar nominated Documentary Short Subject films are important, topical works of impassioned conviction that are hard to shake and ride a rollercoaster of emotions.
  • Michael Ward @ Should I See It [Live Action]
    • Excerpt: This year’s Oscar nominees for Best Live Action Short Film represent stories told from around the world, but all unify around the power of human interaction, no matter your age or where you come from.