ByOren Mendez, writer at

Sunday night's 87th annual Academy Awards may be the biggest night in Hollywood, but the people behind the scenes have been having a pretty busy week. The week before the Oscars is filled with parties, events and other award ceremonies leading up to the event, which makes Sunday night not only glamorous but also the climax to this extremely tiresome week.

One of these accompanying events was Shorts HD's annual Shorts Awards, held at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. While the Oscar's main event will celebrate the year's biggest theatrical releases, this event comes to honor the creators of the nominated short films.

The Shorts Awards, shaped to look like film slates.
The Shorts Awards, shaped to look like film slates.

The concept behind the Shorts Awards is to celebrate the outstanding achievements of each one of the creators whose short films have been nominated for this year's Oscars. Every creator in the three short film categories (Animated, Live action and Documentary) got the chance to introduce themselves and their work, collect an awards and mingle with their colleagues.

As stated at the event, the Oscar nominated shorts are noticeably diverse as opposed to the full-length feature films nominated. Shorts are submitted from all over the world, and only three of the ten nominees this year (In Animated and Live action shorts) are from the United States. This year's nominated shorts come from a wide range of countries such as Ireland, Israel, Canada, France and others. The shorts are also leading in diversity by gender. In fact, there are more female directors nominated for short films this year alone than in all the Academy Awards ever held combined.

Jon Bloom, The Acadamy's Short Film Branch.
Jon Bloom, The Acadamy's Short Film Branch.

The Shorts Awards were awarded to the following honorees, all in the running for an Academy Award:

Animated Short Film:

The Bigger Picture (dir: Daisy Jacobs)

The Dam Keeper (dir: Dice Tsutsumi & Robert Kondo)

Feast (dir: Patrick Osborne, Disney)

Me and My Moulton (dir: Torii Kove)

A Single Life (dir: Job, Joris & Marieke)

"Feast". Courtesy of Disney Animation.
"Feast". Courtesy of Disney Animation.

Live Action Short Film:

Aya (dir: Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis)

Boogaloo and Graham (dir: Michael Lennox)

Butter Lamp (dir: Hu Wei)

Parveneh (dir: Talkhon Hamzavi)

The Phone Call (dir: Mat Kirby)

Documentary Short Film:

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 (dir: Ellen Goosenberg Kent)

Joanna (dir: Aneta Kopacz)

Our Curse (dir: Tomasz Sliwinski)

The Reaper (dir: Gabriel Serra)

White Earth (dir: J. Christian Jensen)


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