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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

UPDATED: Apr. 21, 2021

AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: The campaign for “A Concerto Is a Conversation” has been well executed and heartwarming. “Colette” and “Do Not Split” also have admirers that could appeal to international members.

Will win: “A Concerto Is a Conversation” – Kris Bowers, Ben Proudfoot
Could win: “Colette”
Should win: “A Concerto Is a Conversation”
Should have been here: “The Speed Cubers”

PRECURSORS LEADER: NONE
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AND THE NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "A Concerto Is a Conversation" (Breakwater Studios)
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    PRODUCERS: Ben Proudfoot
    DIRECTOR: Kris Bowers, Ben Proudfoot
    SYNOPSIS: A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family's lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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  2. "Colette" (Time Travel Unlimited)
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    PRODUCERS: Alice Doyard, Aaron Matthews, Annie Smalls
    DIRECTOR: Anthony Giacchino
    SYNOPSIS: Nazi occupied France. Resistance took courage. Seventy-five years later, Facing one's ghosts may take even more.
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  3. "A Love Song for Latasha" (Netflix)
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    PRODUCERS: Fam Udeorji, Janice Duncan
    DIRECTOR: Sophia Nahli Allison
    SYNOPSIS: The injustice surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins at a South Central Los Angeles store became a flashpoint for the city’s 1992 civil uprising.
    WATCH TRAILER: Short is available on Netflix


  4. "Hunger Ward" (MTV Documentary Films)
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    PRODUCERS: Michael Scheuerman, Skye Fitzgerald
    DIRECTOR: Skye Fitzgerald
    SYNOPSIS: Filmed from inside two of the most active therapeutic feeding centers in Yemen, HUNGER WARD documents two female health care workers fighting to thwart the spread of starvation against the backdrop of a forgotten war. The film provides an unflinching portrait of Dr. Aida Alsadeeq and Nurse Mekkia Mahdi as they try to save the lives of hunger-stricken children within a population on the brink of famine.
    WATCH TRAILER:


  5. "Do Not Split" (Field of Vision)
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    PRODUCERS: Charlotte Cook, Anders Hammer
    DIRECTOR: Anders Hammer
    SYNOPSIS: In 2019 Hong Kong was rocked by the largest protests since Britain handed back the area to China in 1997. This is the story of the protests, told through a series of demonstrations by local protesters that escalate into conflict when highly armed police appear on the scene.
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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Best Documentary Short)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The biggest Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. Charles Guggenheim has the most wins in this category with three while Malcolm Clarke, Walt Disney, Bill Guttentag, Robin Lehman and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy have a pair each. Guggenheim also has the most nominations with nine.


Academy Awards Predictions (All Categories)

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About the Academy Awards (Oscars)

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners are selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). 17 branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.

  • The Oscars are scheduled for Sunday, April 25, 2021.

About the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes Awards, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is held annually with 93 members since 1944. The group recognizes excellence in film and television across drama and comedy or musical categories. Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” holds the record for the most awards won by a single film with seven. Milos Forman’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and Alan Parker’s “Midnight Express” are next in line with six each. Robert Altman’s “Nashville” has the record for most nominations received by a film with 11 while Colin Higgins’ “Foul Play,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather Part III” and Mike Nichols’ “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” share the record for receiving the most nominations and not winning a single award at seven.

  • The Golden Globes are scheduled for Feb. 28, 2021.

About the SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by SAG-AFTRA, is an annual award show that has become one of the most important and key indicators for the Oscars. Four films have won the most SAG awards with three: 1999’s “American Beauty,” 2002’s “Chicago,” 2011’s “The Help” and 2017’s “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Three movies have been nominated for the most SAG awards with five: 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love,” “Chicago” and 2008’s “Doubt.”

  • The SAG Awards are scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 4, 2021