OSCAR HISTORY: Best Live Action Short Film

The Academy doesn't just honor feature length films, but thankfully still honors the art of short films. Many film artists get their start with short films, learning their craft while still presenting moving stories in a shorter time frame.


2021: THE LONG GOODBYE     (View Film)
2020: TWO DISTANT STRANGERS     (View Film Trailer)
2019: THE NEIGHBORS' WINDOW     (View Film)
2018: SKIN     (View Film)
2017: THE SILENT CHILD     (View Film)
2016: SING     (View Film)
2015: STUTTERER     (View Film Trailer)
2014: THE PHONE CALL     (View Oscar Moment)
2013: HELIUM     (View Film Trailer)
2012: CURFEW     (View Film Trailer)
2011: THE SHORE     (View Film Trailer)
2010: GOD OF LOVE     (View Film Trailer)
2009: THE NEW TENANTS     (View Film)
2008: TOYLAND     (View Film)
2007: LE MOZART DES PICKPOCKETS     (View Film)
2006: WEST BANK STORY     (View Film)
2005: SIX SHOOTER     (View Film)
2004: WASP    
2003: TWO SOLDIERS     (View Film)
2002: THIS CHARMING MAN (DER ER EN YNDIG MAND)     (View Film)
2001: THE ACCOUNTANT     (View Film)
2000: QUIERO SER (I WANT TO BE ...)     (View Oscar Moment)
1999: MY MOTHER DREAMS THE SATAN'S DISCIPLES IN NEW YORK     (View Film)
1998: ELECTION NIGHT (VALGAFTEN)     (View Film)
1997: VISAS AND VIRTUE     (View Film Trailer)
1996: DEAR DIARY    
1995: LIEBERMAN IN LOVE    
1994: (TIE) FRANZ KAFKAS ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE & TREVOR     (View Film)
1993: BLACK RIDER (SCHWARZFAHRER)     (View Film)
1992: OMNIBUS    
1991: SESSION MAN     (View Film)
1990: THE LUNCH DATE     (View Film)
1989: WORK EXPERIENCE    
1988: THE APPOINTMENTS OF DENNIS JENNINGS     (View Film)
1987: RAYS MALE HETEROSEXUAL DANCE HALL     (View Film)
1986: PRECIOUS IMAGES     (View Film)
1985: MOLLYS PILGRIM     (View Film)
1984: UP     (View Film)
1983: BOYS AND GIRLS     (View Film)
1982: A SHOCKING ACCIDENT     (View Film)
1981: VIOLET     (View Film)
1980: THE DOLLAR BOTTOM    
1979: BOARD AND CARE     (View Film Trailer)
1978: TEENAGER FATHER    
1977: ILL FIND A WAY     (View Film)
1976: IN THE REGION OF ICE    
1975: ANGEL AND BIG JOE     (View Film)
1974: ONE-EYED MEN ARE KINGS     (View Film)
1973: THE BOLERO    
1972: NORMAN ROCKWELLS WORLD ... AN AMERICAN DREAM     (View Film)
1971: SENTINELS OF SILENCE     (View Film)
1970: THE RESURRECTION OF BRONCHO BILLY     (View Film)
1969: THE MAGIC MACHINES     (View Film)
1968: ROBERT KENNEDY REMEMBERED     (View Film)
1967: A PLACE TO STAND     (View Film)
1966: WILD WINGS    
1965: THE CHICKEN (LE POULET)     (View Film Clip)
1964: CASALS CONDUCTS: 1964    
1963: AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE     (View Film Clip)
1962: HEUREUX ANNIVERSAIRE (HAPPY ANNIVERSARY)     (View Film)
1961: SEAWARDS THE GREAT SHIPS     (View Film Clip)
1960: DAY OF THE PAINTER    
1959: THE GOLDEN FISH     (View Film)
1958: GRAND CANYON     (View Film)
1957: THE WETBACK HOUND     (View Film)
1956: (ONE-REEL) CRASHING THE WATER BARRIER / (TWO-REEL) THE BESPOKE OVERCOAT    
1955: (ONE-REEL) SURVIVAL CITY / (TWO-REEL) THE FACE OF LINCOLN    
1954: (ONE-REEL) THIS MECHANICAL AGE / (TWO-REEL) A TIME OUT OF WAR     (View Film Trailer)
1953: (ONE-REEL) OVERTURE TO THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR / (TWO-REEL) BEAR COUNTRY     (View Film Clip)
1952: (ONE-REEL) LIGHT IN THE WINDOW / (TWO-REEL) WATER BIRDS    
1951: (ONE-REEL) WORLD OF KIDS / (TWO-REEL) NATURES HALF ACRE     (View Film)
1950: (ONE-REEL) GRANDAD OF RACES / (TWO-REEL) IN BEAVER VALLEY     (View Film)
1949: (ONE-REEL) AQUATIC HOUSE PARTY / (TWO-REEL) VAN GOGH     (View Film)
1948: (ONE-REEL) SYMPHONY OF A CITY / (TWO-REEL) SEAL ISLAND     (View Film)
1947: (ONE-REEL) GOODBYE, MISS TURLOCK / (TWO-REEL) CLIMBING THE MATTERHORN    
1946: (ONE-REEL) FACING YOUR DANGER / (TWO-REEL) A BOY AND HIS DOG     (View Film)
1945: (ONE-REEL) STAIRWAY TO LIGHT / (TWO-REEL) STAR IN THE NIGHT     (View Film)
1944: (ONE-REEL) WHOS WHO IN ANIMAL LAND / (TWO-REEL) I WONT PLAY     (View Film)
1943: (ONE-REEL) AMPHIBIOUS FIGHTERS / (TWO-REEL) HEAVENLY MUSIC     (View Film)
1942: (ONE-REEL) SPEAKING OF ANIMALS AND THEIR FAMILIES / (TWO-REEL) BEYOND THE LINE OF DUTY     (View Film)
1941: (ONE-REEL) OF PUPS AND PUZZLES / (TWO-REEL) MAIN STREET ON THE MARCH!     (View Film)
1940: (ONE-REEL) QUICKER N A WINK / (TWO-REEL) TEDDY, THE ROUGH RIDER     (View Film)
1939: (ONE-REEL) BUSY LITTLE BEARS / (TWO-REEL) SONS OF LIBERTY     (View Film)
1938: (ONE-REEL) THAT MOTHERS MIGHT LIVE / (TWO-REEL) DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE     (View Film)
1937: (COLOR) PENNY WISDOM / (ONE-REEL) THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE GANNETS / (TWO-REEL) TORTURE MONEY     (View Film)
1936: (COLOR) GIVE ME LIBERTY / (ONE-REEL) BORED OF EDUCATION / (TWO-REEL) THE PUBLIC PAYS     (View Film)
1935: (COMEDY) HOW TO SLEEP / (NOVELTY) WINGS OVER EVEREST     (View Film)
1934: (COMEDY) LA CUCARACHA / (NOVELTY) CITY OF WAX     (View Film)
1932-33: (COMEDY) SO THIS IS HARRIS! / (NOVELTY) KRAKATOA     (View Film)
1931-32: (COMEDY) THE MUSIC BOX / (NOVELTY) WRESTLING SWORDFISH     (View Film)