Oscars Cut the Field to 10 in Live-Action Shorts Category

Shortlisted filmmakers include five-time nominee Kim Magnusson and Student Academy Award winner Jimmy Keyrouz

Nocturne in Black
"Nocturne in Black"

Ten films remain in the running in the Oscars race for Best Live-Action Short, the Academy announced on Wednesday.

The shorts include Columbia University student Jimmy Keyrouz’s “Nocturne in Black,” which won a Student Academy Award in September, as well as “Silent Nights” from producer Kim Magnusson, who has been nominated five times in the category and won for 1998’s “Election Night” and 2013’s “Helium.”

As usual, the films are predominantly made by foreign directors and produced outside the United States.

The shortlisted films, with their production companies:

“Bon Voyage,” Marc Wilkins, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduction)

“Ennemis Intérieurs,” Sélim Azzazi, director (Qualia Films)

“Graffiti,” Lluis Quilez, director (Participant Media, Euphoria Productions and Ainur Films)

“La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten, director (arbel gmbh)

“Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, director (Columbia University)

“The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy,” Oualid Mouaness, director (Tricycle Logic)

“Silent Nights,” Aske Bang, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)

“Sing (Mindenki),” Kristof Deák, director (Meteor Filmstudio)

“Timecode,” Juanjo Giménez, director (Nadir Films)

“The Way of Tea (Les Frémissements du Thé),” Marc Fouchard, director, and Matthieu Devillers, producer (Existenz, BlackBox and P904)

The shorts were chosen from a field of 137 eligible films by volunteer committees from the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch. All members of the branch can now view the 10 finalists at December screenings in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco. A second round of voting will choose the five nominees.

Oscar nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, and the Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 26.