Tonight is the 91st Annual Academy Awards! And all day today we’ll be bringing you a rundown of each category as well as reviews of the nominated films. Next up, we’re looking at the Best Live Action Short category. We’ll explain what the category means and who the frontrunner is as of now.
Best Live Action Short
These films are live action are usually independently produced and tend to feature unknown actors. They’re films that are made because people love this medium and want to create something special. They often get overlooked, but these films truly are something special. This year the nominees are, Detainment, Fauve, Mother, Marguerite, and Skin.
Detainment is based on the real story of two young boys who were convicted of murdering a 2 year old in the early 90’s. The film is based on recordings and transcripts of interrogations with the two boys. Fauve centers on two young boys who are out venturing in the wild, and face disastrous consequences when they stumble onto a surface mine. Mother tells the story of a mom who gets a call from her son, who is on vacation with his father, and learns that he is left alone on some unknown beach. Marguerite, centers on an older woman who is nearing the end of her life, and the nurse that comes to take care of her each day. Skin revolves around the events that occur after a black man smiles at a skin head’s son in a grocery store.
All five of these films are incredible, intense, compelling, and will stick with you long after they’re done. But perhaps the most powerful two are Skin and Marguerite. While part of me would be willing to say that either of these could win, Marguerite is definitely the front runner here. It’s a movie with a message of love at it’s heart. It’s an incredibly powerful little film, and one that reminds us of how we should treat one another, and how far we’ve come over the years.
So as of now our final say is:
Best Live-Action Short Film: Marguerite