Here's a list we compiled of where to watch every Oscar-nominated short this year, in all three categories—animated, documentary, and live action.
Get yourself familiar with the nominees and find out who won at the main event: The Oscars, Sunday, April 25th.
Short Film (Animated)
Burrow: Home is where the heart is... even if you're a bunny with your heart set on an underground disco bathroom. (Madeline Sharafian and Michael Capbarat.) Watch on Disney+.
Genius Loci: A young French girl begins to see the urban chaos around her as a spiritual guide of sorts. (Adrien Mérigeau and Amaury Ovise.) Genius Loci is available to watch on Vimeo.
If Anything Happens I Love You: If Anything Happens I Love You shines a light on the school shooting epidemic through the tale of two grieving parents. (Will McCormack and Michael Govier.) Watch on Netflix.
Opera: Opera is a visually captivating animation from rising Korean (California-based) filmmaker Erick Oh. Opera is not available to stream individually at the moment, but certain virtual cinemas and theaters are making them available through ShortsTV and other Oscar-nominated shorts bundle packages.
Yes-People: Icelandic short about everyday people coping with everyday life. (Gísli Darri Halldórsson and Arnar Gunnarsson.) Rent it through Vimeo.
Documentary (Short Subject)
Colette: This documentary short from The Guardian follows 90-year-old Colette Marin-Catherin, a French resistance fighter returning to Germany for the first time in 72 years. (Anthony Giacchino and Alice Doyard.) You can watch it for free (with some commercials) on their website.
A Concerto is a Conversation: A short film from Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers, keying in on Bowers' musical career and how it ties back to their family's civil rights history. (Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers.) Watch the New York Times Op-Doc here.
Do Not Split: Anders Hammer directed this short documentary on the scene of the Hong Kong protests, sparked by a 2019 proposed bill by the Chinese government to extradite criminal suspects to mainland China. Unfolding across a year, Do Not Split portrays the determination of the protesters and the government's subsequent backlash. (Anders Hammer and Charlotte Cook.) It's available to watch on Vimeo.
Hunger Ward: Follows two female healthcare workers fighting to stop starvation in Yemen, a population on the brink of famine. (Skye Fitzgerald and Michael Scheuerman.) Hunger Ward is free to watch on Pluto.
A Love Song for Latasha: The death of 15-year-old Latasha Harlins—who was shot and killed in a South Central Los Angeles convenience store in March 1991—became a catalyst for the civil uprising in 1992. This Netflix documentary dives into the corruption beneath the controversy and pays tribute to Latasha's life while doing so. (Sophia Nahli Allison and Janice Duncan.) A Love Song for Latasha is available on Netflix.
Short Film (Live Action)
Feeling Through: A homeless teenager in New York City meets a deaf and blind man, simply looking for assistance across the street to his bus stop. As the story plays out, Tereek begins to see the world through eyes other than his own. (Doug Roland and Susan Ruzenski.) Watch writer/director Doug Roland's live short for free on YouTube.
The Letter Room: The Letter Room is a comedic short film directed by Elvira Lind about a corrections officer transferred to the prison's letter room. (Elvira Lind and Sofia Sondervan.) Watch on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast (for $6.99).
The Present: Directed by Farah Nabulsi, this short centers on a husband's efforts to buy an anniversary present for his wife in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (Farah Nabulsi and Ossama Bawardi.) Now streaming on Netflix.
Two Distant Strangers: Strangers follows cartoonist Carter James (Joey Bada$$) as he attempts to get home to his dog the morning after a night out in New York. Caught in an extremely unfortunate time loop, James is forced to repeat a harrowing encounter with NYPD over and over as he struggles to plot a successful course to safety. (Travon Free and Martin Desmond Roe.) Now on Netflix.
White Eye: A man attempts to recover his stolen bicycle on the streets of Haifa, Israel—a situation that becomes increasingly morally complicated. (Tomer Shushan and Shira Hochman.) White Eye is not available to stream individually at the moment, but certain virtual cinemas and theaters are making them available through ShortsTV and other Oscar-nominated shorts bundle packages.
FYI: The annual ShortsTV collections of nominated shorts launched last Friday. Here's the release schedule:
Friday 4/2 - Live Action & Animated shorts in (approx. 350) theaters; and Live Action, Animated, and Doc shorts in (approx. 200) virtual cinemas
Tuesday 4/20 - All become available on traditional VOD
ANOTHER FYI: The 93rd Oscars will be held on Sunday, April 25th at 8 pm EST. Watch live on ABC (or ABC.com w/ TV provider login).