“Da Yie”
“Feeling Through”
“The Human Voice”
“The Kicksled Choir”
“The Letter Room”
“The Present”
“Two Distant Strangers”
“The Van”
“White Eye”

Two things are bound to get noticed when it comes to the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch picking the final five nominees: poignant subject matter and stars. As “The Human Voice” has Tilda Swinton starring and “The Letter Room” has Oscar Isaac, those two shorts shoot straight to the top of my list. Having stars gets them noticed and getting noticed gives them a better chance of breaking through. Poignant subject matter comes in the form of stories that are timely or something that will sit with you. Stories about kids, like “Bittu” and “The Kicksled Choir” seem different enough to grab attention. And “Two Distant Strangers” seems almost too timely not to get nominated (unless its terrible). Those are my main picks with “Da Yie” and “The Van” sounding interesting as well.

Per the Academy’s press release:

Nominations voting begins on Friday, March 5, 2021, and concludes on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
Nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards will be announced on Monday, March 15, 2021.
The 93rd Oscars® will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.



“The Human Voice”

“The Kicksled Choir”

“The Letter Room”

“Two Distant Strangers”

#1: “Bittu” (17 MIN)

IMDB Synopsis: A close friendship between two girls is eclipsed by an accidental poisoning at school.

#2: “The Human Voice” (30 MIN)

IMDB Synopsis: A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up, but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. Two living beings facing abandonment.

#3: “The Kicksled Choir” (18 MIN)

IMDB Synopsis: Ten-year-old Gabriel loves to sing and has one desire: to sing in the local choir. The group rides kick-sled through the snowy landscape of Northern-Norway and is known for their kindness and charity towards the village refugees. But when Gabriel’s father gets into a fight with one of the local refugees, Gabriel’s quest to join The Kicksled Choir becomes challenging.

#4: “The Letter Room” (30 MIN)

IMDB Synopsis: When a corrections officer is transferred to the letter room, he soon finds himself enmeshed in a prisoner’s deeply private life.

#5: “Two Distant Strangers” (29 MIN)

IMDB Synopsis: In “Two Distant Strangers”, cartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again.

“Da Yie” (2O MIN)

IMDB Synopsis: Young Matilda and Prince are taken on a life-changing trip by a stranger. Kids, gangsters and Ghana’s vibrant coast as you’ve never seen them.

“Feeling Through” (19 MIN)

IMDB Synopsis: A late-night encounter on a New York City street leads to a profound connection between a teen-in-need and a DeafBlind man.

“The Present” (25 MIN)

IMDB Synopsis: On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?

“The Van” (15 MIN)

IMDB Synopsis: The Van stops, the doors open, and Ben comes out alive. Another few fights and he will be able to leave Albania. He still hopes his father will leave with him.

“White Eye” (21 MIN)

IMDB Synopsis: A man finds his stolen bicycle, which now belongs to a stranger. While attempting to retrieve it, he struggles to remain human.

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