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Oscar winning short films are so popular that there are four pages of live-action shorts. These Academy Award winners are in chronological order.

West Bank Story by Ari Sandel (2006) (USA) (21m)

West Bank Story is a musical comedy written by its director and Kim Ray. Just in case you missed it, West Bank Story takes its musical cue from West Side Story. If you're too young to know the latter, it took its story from Romeo & Juliet. And if you don't know what Romeo & Juliet is then I'm surprised you can read this. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with Fatima, a beautiful Palestinian cashier, despite the animosity between their families' warring restaurants.

West Bank Story

Six Shooter

Six Shooter by Martin McDonagh (2004) (Ireland) (27m)15 Certificate

Six Shooter had been nominated for the BAFTA short film award in 2005 before winning the Acedemy Award for Best Short Film in 2006. Six Shooter, a black comedy, finds Brendon Gleeson returning home after his wife has died in hospital. However, he is not the only one returning from the hospital today and a cocky Rúaidhrí Conroy is about turn the train ride into a comic tragedy.


Wasp by Andrea Arnold 15 Certificate(2003) (UK) (23m)

Wasp, starring Natalie Press (My Summer Of Love) and Danny Dyer, follows a caring but wayward single mother as she struggles to care for her kids while also going out to meet a man she fancies. Andrea Arnold, from the Home Counties of England, began life as an actress before moving behind the camera and has made several features, including Red Road and the critically acclaimed Fish Tank.

Two Soldiers

Two Soldiers by Aaron Schneider (2003) (US) (40m)

The Academy has been rewarding longer short films for most of the last decade, and Two Soldiers is an extreme example. However, it is to its credit that it does not feel particularly long. Set during WWII, it is a touching account of a young boy who wants to join his brother in the "war at Pearl Harbour". It's very American but a great performance by Ron Perlman (aka Hellboy) makes you more likely to cry than anything else by the end.

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