The Academy Awards: Best Documentary Short Subject Nominees 1941-2020

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).

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  • Churchill's Island
  • Adventure in the Bronx
  • Bomber: A Defense Report on Film
  • Christmas Under Fire
  • A Letter from Home
  • Life of a Thoroughbred
  • Norway in Revolt
  • A Place to Live
  • Russian Soil
  • Soldiers of the Sky
  • Warclouds in the Pacific
  • The Battle of Midway
  • Kokoda Front Line!
  • Moscow Strikes Back
  • Why We Fight: Prelude to War
  • Africa, Prelude to Victory
  • Combat Report
  • RKO Victory Special No. 34-201: Conquer by the Clock
  • The Grain That Built a Hemisphere
  • Henry Browne, Farmer
  • High Over the Borders
  • High Stakes in the East
  • Inside Fighting China
  • It's Everybody's War
  • Listen to Britain
  • Little Belgium
  • Little Isles of Freedom
  • Mr. Blabbermouth!
  • Mister Gardenia Jones
  • The New Spirit
  • Paramount Victory Short No. T2-3: The Price of Victory
  • A Ship Is Born
  • Twenty-One Miles
  • Paramount Victory Short No. T2-2: We Refuse to Die
  • The White Eagle
  • Winning Your Wings
  • December 7th
  • Children of Mars
  • Plan for Destruction
  • Swedes in America
  • To the People of the United States
  • Tomorrow We Fly
  • Youth in Crisis
  • With the Marines at Tarawa
  • Hymn of the Nations
  • New Americans
  • Hitler Lives
  • Library of Congress
  • To the Shores of Iwo Jima
  • Seeds of Destiny
  • Atomic Power
  • Life at the Zoo
  • Paramount News Issue #37
  • Traffic with the Devil
  • First Steps
  • Passport to Nowhere
  • School in the Mailbox
  • Toward Independence
  • Heart to Heart
  • Operation Vittles
  • A Chance to Live
  • So Much for So Little
  • 1848
  • The Rising Tide
  • Why Korea?
  • The Fight: Science Against Cancer
  • The Steps of Age
  • Benjy
  • One Who Came Back
  • The Seeing Eye
  • Neighbours
  • Devil Take Us
  • The Garden Spider
  • Man Alive!
  • The Alaskan Eskimo
  • The Living City
  • Operation Blue Jay
  • They Planted a Stone
  • The Word
  • Thursday's Children
  • Jet Carrier
  • Rembrandt: A Self-Portrait
  • Men Against the Arctic
  • The Battle of Gettysburg
  • The Face of Lincoln
  • The True Story of the Civil War
  • Man in Space
  • A City Decides
  • The Dark Wave
  • The House Without a Name
  • Ama Girls
  • Employees Only
  • Journey Into Spring
  • The Living Stone
  • Oeuverture
  • Glass
  • Donald in Mathmagic Land
  • From Generation to Generation
  • Giuseppina
  • Beyond Silence