The Academy Awards: Best Live Action Short Film Nominees 1932-2020

Updated as of 2021-04-25 to name the winner for the 93rd Academy Awards (2021).

Updated as of 03-16-2021 to include the nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards (2021).

This award was renamed "Best Live Action Short Film" in 1974. Previous to this, it was known by a variety of names (with multiple categories open in some years), including:

"Short Subjects, Live Action Films" - 1971-1973
"Short Subjects, Live Action Subjects" - 1957-1970.
"Best Short Subject, One-reel" - 1936-1956
"Best Short Subject, Two-reel" - 1936-1956
"Best Short Subject, color" - 1936-1937
"Best Short Subject, comedy" - 1932-1935
"Best Short Subject, novelty" - 1932-1935

The nominees for all of these categories are included on this list.

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  • The Music Box
  • The Loud Mouth
  • Scratch-As-Catch-Can
  • Wrestling Swordfish
  • Screen Souvenirs
  • Swing High
  • So This Is Harris!
  • Mister Mugg
  • A Preferred List
  • Krakatoa
  • Menu
  • The Sea
  • La Cucaracha
  • Men in Black
  • What, No Men?
  • City of Wax
  • Bosom Friends
  • Strikes and Spares
  • How to Sleep
  • Oh, My Nerves
  • Tit for Tat
  • Wings Over Everest
  • Audioscopiks
  • Camera Thrills
  • Give Me Liberty
  • La Fiesta de Santa Barbara
  • Popular Science J6-2
  • Bored of Education
  • Moscow Moods
  • Wanted - A Master
  • The Public Pays
  • Double or Nothing
  • Dummy Ache
  • Penny Wisdom
  • The Man Without a Country
  • Popular Science J-7-1
  • The Private Life of the Gannets
  • A Night at the Movies
  • Romance of Radium
  • Torture Money
  • Deep South
  • Should Wives Work?
  • That Mothers Might Live
  • The Great Heart
  • Timber Toppers
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Swingtime in the Movies
  • They're Always Caught
  • Busy Little Bears
  • Information Please: Series 1, No. 1
  • Prophet Without Honor
  • Sword Fishing
  • Sons of Liberty
  • Drunk Driving
  • Five Times Five
  • Quicker'n a Wink
  • London Can Take It!
  • More About Nostradamus
  • Siege
  • Teddy the Rough Rider
  • Eyes of the Navy
  • Service with the Colors
  • Of Pups and Puzzles
  • Army Champions
  • Beauty and the Beach
  • Speaking of Animals Down on the Farm
  • Forty Boys and a Song
  • Kings of the Turf
  • Sagebrush and Silver
  • Main Street on the March!
  • Alive in the Deep
  • Forbidden Passage
  • The Gay Parisian
  • The Tanks Are Coming
  • Speaking of Animals and Their Families
  • Desert Wonderland
  • Marines in the Making
  • The United States Marine Band
  • Beyond the Line of Duty
  • Don't Talk
  • Private Smith of the U.S.A.
  • Amphibious Fighters
  • Cavalcade of Dance
  • Champions Carry On
  • Screen Snapshots (Series 23, No. 1): Hollywood in Uniform
  • Seeing Hands
  • Heavenly Music
  • Letter to a Hero
  • Mardi Gras
  • Women at War
  • Who's Who in Animal Land
  • Blue-Grass Gentlemen
  • Jammin' the Blues
  • Movie Pests
  • Screen Snapshots' 50th Anniversary of Motion Pictures
  • I Won't Play
  • Bombalera
  • Main Street Today
  • Stairway to Light
  • Along the Rainbow Trail