Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
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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 spectacular 289% growth in attendance since its inception in 2005. Along with the theatrical run, the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Where feature films conform to the three-act structure of drama, movie short subjects are more like short stories."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Here's what's in the running - and which are my favorites."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"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."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A varied lot, in both subject and quality. But they're an interesting bunch, well worth taking a look at."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Peter McDonald's "Pentecost'' is the standout here..."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Gone are the days of "selected shorts" on movie bills, but thank the gods of cinema for this annual release of Oscar nominees."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Brian Tallerico, The Deadbolt
"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."
‑ Brian Tallerico, HollywoodChicago.com
"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."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"All but the most ardent 'toon fans are advised to skip the Animated program, which this year traffics in nothing but Pixarish whimsy ."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The Oscar nominees for Live Action Shorts come down to five conventional narratives."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"Only "God of Love" seems a bit slight and amateurish for Academy Award contention."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"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."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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