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Final Oscars Predictions: Live Action Short – The Year of Ireland Could Continue With ‘An Irish Goodbye’ Winning

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LAST UPDATED: March 2, 2023

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2023 Oscars Predictions: Best Live Action Short

THE RED SUITCASE, Nawelle Ewad, 2022. © Cynefilms / Courtesy Everett Collection
THE RED SUITCASE, Nawelle Ewad, 2022. © Cynefilms / Courtesy Everett Collection

CATEGORY COMMENTARY:

“An Irish Goodbye” is the only English-language movie in the lineup, with the BAFTA prize under its belt. However, “The Red Suitcase” seems to be the “pure” choice for many voters that will give it a run for its money.

Alfonso Cuarón could also tie the record with Walt Disney for winning the most Oscars in four categories if he wins for “Le Pupille.”

Will Win: “An Irish Goodbye” (Floodlight Pictures) – Tom Berkeley, Ross White
Could Win: “The Red Suitcase” (Cynefilms) – Cyrus Neshvad
Should Win: “The Red Suitcase”
Should have been here: “Moshari” (Left Handed Films) — Nuhash Humayun

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ALL AWARDS CONTENDERS AND RANKINGS:

And The Nominees Are:

Rank

Name

Director(s), Producer(s)

Distributor(s)

1

“An Irish Goodbye”

Tom Berkeley and Ross White

Floodlight Pictures

In rural Northern Ireland, a pair of estranged brothers reunite following their mother’s untimely death.

2

“The Red Suitcase”

Cyrus Neshvad

Cynefilms

Luxembourg Airport. Late in the evening. A veiled 16-year-old Iranian girl is frightened to take her red suitcase on the automatic carpet. She keeps pushing back the moment to go through the arrival gate and seems more and more terrified.

3

“Le Pupille”

Alice Rohrwacher and Alfonso Cuarón

Disney+

Follow the rebellious girls of a Catholic boarding school before Christmas, a time of war and scarcity.

4

“Night Ride”

Eirik Tveiten and Gaute Lid Larssen

Cylinder Production

A cold night in December. Ebba waits for the tram to go home after a party, but the ride takes an unexpected turn.

5

“Ivalu”

Anders Walter and Rebecca Pruzan

M&M Productions

Ivalu is gone. Her little sister is desperate to find her. Her father does not care. The vast Greenlandic nature holds secrets. The search for Ivalu is on.

2023 Academy Awards Predictions

BEST PICTURE | DIRECTOR | ACTOR | ACTRESS | SUPPORTING ACTOR | SUPPORTING ACTRESS | ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | ADAPTED SCREENPLAY | ANIMATED FEATURE | PRODUCTION DESIGN | CINEMATOGRAPHY | COSTUME DESIGN | FILM EDITING | MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING | SOUND | VISUAL EFFECTS | ORIGINAL SCORE | ORIGINAL SONG | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | INTERNATIONAL FEATURE | ANIMATED SHORT | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | LIVE ACTION SHORT

The 95th Oscars ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre and televised live on ABC on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

2022 category winner: "The Long Goodbye" (WePresent) - Aniel Karia, Riz Ahmed

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