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LAST UPDATED: Jan. 19, 2023

2023 Oscars Predictions: Best Live Action Short

CATEGORY COMMENTARY: The Oscars shortlist provided all non-U.S. produced titles and only one non-English language, “An Irish Goodbye,” which seems safe. Disney’s “Le Pupille” from writer and director Alice Rohrwacher, and produced by four-time winner Alfonso Cuarón has made stops at various film festivals and should land soundly.

A nom for Cuarón would tie the record just broken by Kenneth Branagh last year. As one of the producers for the Disney short “Le Pupille,” he could receive a nom in the best live action short category. The mention would mark the seventh Oscar category in which the filmmaker’s been recognized. He would be the second person ever to achieve this following Branagh last year with “Belfast,” in addition to being the first Latino.

“The Red Suitcase,” which tells the story of a 16-year Iranian girl frightened to go through the arrival gate at Luxembourg Airport, is popular with branch members. Always guesswork in this arena, but I suspect we round the category out with the Brazilian film “Sideral” and Beirut’s critically acclaimed “Warsha.”

You can read the final Variety Awards Circuit column before nominations here. Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

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And The Predicted Nominees Are:
RankNameDirector(s), Producer(s)Distributor(s)
1“An Irish Goodbye”Tom Berkeley, Ross White (directors, producers), Pearce Cullen, Sean A. Murray (producers)Floodlight Pictures
In rural Northern Ireland, a pair of estranged brothers reunite following their mother’s untimely death.
2“The Red Suitcase”Cyrus Neshvad (director, producer)Cynefilms
Luxembourg Airport. Late in the evening. A veiled 16-year-old Iranian girl is frightened to take her red suitcase on the automatic carpet. She keeps pushing back the moment to go through the arrival gate and seems more and more terrified.
3“Warsha”Dania Bdeir (director, producer), Coralie Dias (producer)The Criterion Channel
Away from everyone’s eyes, a Beirut crane operator is able to live out his secret passion and find freedom.
4“Le Pupille”Alice Rohrwacher (director), Carlo Cresto-Dina, Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodriguez (producers)Disney+
Follow the rebellious girls of a Catholic boarding school before Christmas, a time of war and scarcity.
5“Sideral”Carlos Segundo (director, producer), Damien Megherbi, Justin Pecherty, Mariana Hardi, Pedro Fiuza (producers)Les Valseurs
In Natal, on the Brazilian coast, the country is preparing to launch its first manned space rocket into space. A couple lives with children near the space center, she is a cleaner and he is a mechanic, but she dreams of other horizons.
Next in Line
6“Nakam”Andreas KesslerFilmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Twelve year old violin player Mitka is supposed to execute an attack on several SS officers in the name of a Ukrainian partisan movement. But his attempt will also put his only friend in life danger.
7“Ivalu”Anders WalterM&M Productions
Ivalu is gone. Her little sister is desperate to find her. Her father does not care. The vast Greenlandic nature holds secrets. The search for Ivalu is on.
8“The Right Words”Adrian Moyse DullinPunchline Cinéma
When naive and romantic Mahdi is peer-pressured into confessing his love to Jada, a girl who doesn’t know he exists, his declaration becomes a public spectacle.
9“Almost Home”Nils KellerLe Hof Media
When they learn of an outbreak of a dangerous virus shortly before their long-awaited return to Earth, a teenager and his mother struggle to decide whether to land or return to space aboard their confined spaceship.
10“All in Favor”Santiago Requejo2:59 Films
What begins as an ordinary meeting of neighbors to vote on the change of elevator, ends up becoming an unexpected debate on the limits of coexistence.
Also In Contention
“The Lone Wolf”Filipe MeloForça de Produção
“Night Ride”Eirik TveitenCylinder Production
“Plastic Killer”Jose PozoArlong Productions
“The Treatment”Álvaro CarmonaLine Up Shorts
“Tula”Beatriz SilvaAgencia Audiovisual Freak

2023 Academy Awards Predictions

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The 95th Oscars ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre and televised live on ABC on Sunday, March 12, 2022.

2022 category winner: “The Long Goodbye” (WePresent) – Aniel Karia, Riz Ahmed

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