Let’s face it, every year when filling out an Oscar ballot (an annual tradition not only in competitive Hollywood, but nationwide), one stops dead at the Oscar-nominated Live Action and Animated Shorts. How to choose? Well this year, you’re in luck because for two weeks only, starting Friday, February 11, the Nuart Theatre is screening complete programs of the Oscar-nominated Live Action and Animated Shorts.
The Animation Short Film contenders are:
Day & Night (USA) from Pixar, this animated tale tells of Day meeting Night. At first both are distrustful, but then each recognizes the other’s unique day and night qualities.
The Gruffalo (UK/Germany), with voices by Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson, The Gruffalo tells of a mouse in search of a nut, who then must use his wits to survive those that want to eat him.
Let’s Pollute (USA) is a satirical short with an educational film tone about how our success with polluting keeps our economy growing strong.
The Lost Thing (Australia/UK) is about a boy who finds a bizarre creature and although no one else seems to care, the boy tries to find a place for this entity.
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (France) takes the form of a travel journal of a European traveler with the landscapes of Madagascar coming alive.
There’s also two bonus Animated shorts:
The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger (USA) by famed animator Bill Plympton, this short is a children’s fable that tells the power of advertising in our life.
URS (Germany) this short follows Urs who sets out on a dangerous journey up a mountain to find a better place for his aging mother and himself, even though all she wants to do is stay home.
The Oscar nominated Live Action Shorts screening at the Nuart are:
The Confession (UK) explores 9-year-old Sam who is about to make his first confession. But because he has nothing to confess, he and his friend pull a prank that turns tragic.
The Crush (Ireland) is about a 8-year-old schoolboy who has a crush on his teacher. The boy decides to challenge her boyfriend to a duel to the death.
God of Love (USA) is a bohemian comedy about a lounge singing darts champion who receives a prayer inspired package of love-inducing darts.
Na Wewe (Belgium) is based on real people and real situations in 1994 Burundi, a small country in Central Africa. When a minivan is stopped and the passengers are asked to separate into groups of Hutus and Tutsis, the passengers can’t decide who and what makes up each ethnicity.
Wish 143 (UK) tells of a 15-year-old boy who only has a few months to live. When Dreamscape Charity asks him to name a wish, it’s not a trip to Disneyland, but an hour alone with a naked woman.
Beginning February 22, the Oscar nominated Live Action Shorts, Animated Shorts, and Documentary Shorts will also be available on iTunes and Movies on Demand through your local cable service.
Now you don’t have an excuse to miss these categories on your Oscar ballot. A printable Oscar ballot is available at Moviefone.com. There’s even an official Oscars App for your IPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch for Oscar information, trivia, and a ballot.
Showtimes and Ticket information are available online at Nuart/Landmark Theatres.