2023 Oscars Best Live Action Short Predictions

The 2023 Oscars shortlist in the Best Live Action Short Film category belongs to international nominees.

We’re constantly updating these predictions throughout awards season, so keep checking IndieWire for all of our 2023 Oscar picks. Final voting will take place March 2-7, 2023. And finally, the 95th Oscars show on Sunday, March 12 will air live on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.

The state of the race

Interestingly, the Best Live-Action Short Film category caught a lot of eyes this year, as Riz Ahmed’s The Long Goodbye, a film that some would mistake for a music video, took the groundbreaking win. Unfortunately for other musicians like Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, who have made films with the same name as their respective songs “All Too Well” and “We Cry Together,” Swet Shop Boy’s Oscar win didn’t open the door to more music Short films that, as expected, are contenders for the Oscar.

What made the shortlist this year is a group of films that are mostly on the usual fare but overwhelmingly international. Only one film is in English but is set in Northern Ireland (“An Irish Goodbye”). The last time a non-English film won this category was in 2017, so voters who determine the shortlist may have taken it upon themselves to open up to more international work.

And there are certainly some fun ones to discover. “Tula” and “Warsha” are two shortlisted films that happened to be screened by IndieWire at our LA3C showcase of short films that qualified for the 95th Academy Awards. The former, by Spanish filmmaker Beatriz Silva, is a contemporary comedy about the janitor at a conservative private high school who coaches a student on sexual health issues. The latter, a 2022 Sundance Film Festival winner and directed by Dania Bdeir, revolves around a forklift driver in Lebanon looking for some liberating privacy.

Both “Tula” and “Warsha” are crowd pleasers that offer a compelling yet simple viewing experience, but often the real winners of live-action shorts are very sturdy watches. The last two winners actually included traumatic deaths from shootings. If there’s still a tendency to forgive darker stories, Anders Walter’s “Ivalu” is a solid choice for a front-runner. Not only is it beautifully shot, the Greenlandic short tackles difficult issues and happens to be executive produced by two-time Academy Award-winner for live-action short Kim Magnusson.

The Disney+ project “Le Pupille” may be the only other project that has been given some truly recognizable names. In addition to being written and directed by Cannes favorite Alice Rohrwacher, it was produced by four-time Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón. Also, the quirky play set in an Italian boarding school is a good movie to watch over the holidays at the same time those Oscar shortlists were released.

Time will tell if the tide turns in this race, as most eagle-eyed Oscar forecasters are still waiting for the shortlist to be released to determine which films to watch to pick an eventual winner. After all, most of these films only get screened at festivals until they get the attention of the academy. Still, some are available on platforms like YouTube or Vimeo if you do some digging. Norwegian filmmaker Eirik Tveiten’s “Night Ride” is an example of a more accessible film that is likely to engage voters by tackling the heavy issue of gender discrimination and street harassment with a slightly twisted sense of humor.

The candidates are listed below in alphabetical order. Only films that we have seen can count as front runners.

“The pupil”
“Night Ride”

“All for it”
“Almost home”
“An Irish Farewell”
“The lonely wolf”
“Plastic Killer”
“The Red Suitcase”
“The Right Words”
“The treatment”

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Lindsay Lowe

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