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Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2012)

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Three theatrical programmes will give audiences around the country an opportunity to watch the nominated shorts in the Animation, Live Action and Documentary categories prior to the 83rd Academy Awards (R) ceremony on February 27th. This year will mark the inaugural theatrical outing for the nominated Documentary shorts. The Oscar (R) Nominated Short Films has become a key fixture of the awards season. Last year the release exceeded the million-dollar mark at the US box office, charting a

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Where feature films conform to the three-act structure of drama, movie short subjects are more like short stories.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Peter McDonald's "Pentecost'' is the standout here...

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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All but the most ardent 'toon fans are advised to skip the Animated program, which this year traffics in nothing but Pixarish whimsy .

February 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Here's what's in the running - and which are my favorites.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Gone are the days of "selected shorts" on movie bills, but thank the gods of cinema for this annual release of Oscar nominees.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The nondocumentary live-action shorts are the weakest (of the oscar shorts series), most of them exercises in genre and attitude without much to say or show beyond an attempt at virtuosity or emotional impact.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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2012's slate of Oscar-nominated live-action shorts are a diverse lot that uniformly focuses limited screen time on character. There's not a disingenuous moment in the bunch.

February 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

There are stand-outs in both programs including a new short by Pixar (that will play in front of Brave this summer) and a stellar drama starring Ciaran Hinds from director Terry George.

February 9, 2012 Full Review Source: The Deadbolt
The Deadbolt

The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives.

February 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The keeper of the bunch was the delightfully daffy "God of Love," in which a lovesick lounge singer (Luke Matheny, who wrote and directed) finds himself in possession of magical darts that make the victim fall in love for six hours.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's hard to believe that these are the ten best shorts of the year but it's a case of a good program that is only disappointing if one hopes that the Oscar nominees would be great instead of just good.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Only "God of Love" seems a bit slight and amateurish for Academy Award contention.

February 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

A varied lot, in both subject and quality. But they're an interesting bunch, well worth taking a look at.

February 15, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Na Wewe from Belgium and Wish 143 from the U.K. are the standouts in an otherwise lackluster group of Oscar-nominated live-action shorts.

February 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Offers three beautifully written films and two weaker ones that could have fleshed out with more imagination. God of Love deserves to win the Oscar.

February 13, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

This impressive showcase of cinematic treasures all have in common the amazing way that a complete story arc comes to fruition in a brief amount of time. My pick to win is "Wish 143" from the United Kingdom.

February 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

For a category that could serve as a showcase for the next generation, it's an opportunity wasted.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Like any compilation, it's a mixed bag, but this year's films are stronger than those of the past several years.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Catholicism and kids: Narratively speaking, it's the gift that keeps on giving

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

,,, all manage to do something that longer films frequently don't accomplish: tell a story with a beginning, middle and end and with characters we can care about.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

Audience Reviews for Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

A pretty good fix of shorts that spanned the range of comedy and drama. Thought Raju was the best but of course Oscar-baity The Shore won the Oscar.
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