Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts (2012)

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… More

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Release Date: February 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Here's what's in the running - and which are my favorites.

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Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Peter McDonald's "Pentecost'' is the standout here...

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Gone are the days of "selected shorts" on movie bills, but thank the gods of cinema for this annual release of Oscar nominees.

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Brian Tallerico
The Deadbolt

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.

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David Fear
Time Out

All but the most ardent 'toon fans are advised to skip the Animated program, which this year traffics in nothing but Pixarish whimsy .

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

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.

Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Matt Spencer
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.