Oscar shorts: This year’s animated and live-action nominees | Family, Life & Travel

This year’s Oscar-nominated short films in the animated and live-action categories range from the cute to the transcendent, from love stories to probing political dialogues about immigration and racial identity.

Animated shorts

North America dominates the animated-shorts category – three out of the five nominated films are U.S. productions, one is from Canada, and the fifth is a joint Canadian-British production.

“Borrowed Time.” Directed by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj. (USA, 7 mins). This visually impressive, lushly textured CGI entry is one of two entries from Pixar, which hasn’t won an Oscar in this category for 15 years. A simple but nicely rendered visual poem about memory, loss, and regret set in a Monument Valley vista straight…

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