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Academy doesn’t take a Dive

Matthew Saville’s Show Me Shorts winner Dive doesn’t make the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Live Action Short shortlist for the next Oscars. 10 titles are selected from 144 qualified films, up three on last year’s total. In the Animated Short category, 10 are shortlisted from 60 submissions.

At this year’s awards, expat producer James Lucas won the Live Action Short category for Mat Kirkby’s UK short The Phone Call.

Five nominees will be selected, to be announced on Friday 15 January (NZ time). The Academy Awards will be presented on Monday 29 February (NZ time). The Live Action Short shortlisted titles are:
Ave Maria, Basil Khalil
Bad Hunter, Sahim Omar Kalifa
Bis Gleich (Till Then), Philippe Brenninkmeyer
Contrapelo (Against the Grain), Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer
Day One, Henry Hughes
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut), Patrick Vollrath
The Free Man (Zi You Ren), Quah Boon-Lip (pictured, top)
Shok, Jamie Donoughue
Stutterer, Benjamin Cleary
Winter Light, Julian Higgins

The Animated Short shortlisted titles are:
Bear Story (Historia De Un Oso), Gabriel Osorio
Carface (Autos Portraits), Claude Cloutier
If I Was God…, Cordell Barker
Love in the Time of March Madness, Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano
My Home, Phuong Mai Nguyen
An Object at Rest, Seth Boyden
Prologue, Richard Williams
Sanjay’s Super Team, Sanjay Patel
We Can’t Live without Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit
World of Tomorrow, Don Hertzfeldt

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