Oscars: Nominated shorts in theaters starting today – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: It’s an Oscar category few at home pay attention to during the ceremony, primarily because few watching at home have seen the nominees.

But this year, Hollywood wants to help educate you on the Short Film Oscar nominees by bringing the contestants to more than 200 theaters across the U.S. and Canada beginning today, Feb. 10.

ShortsHD, working with Magnolia Pictures, plans to release “The Oscar® Nominated Short Films 2012,” three theatrical programs that will let audiences watch the nominated shorts in the Animation, Live Action and Documentary categories prior to the 84th Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 26. This year will mark the second theatrical outing for the nominated Documentary shorts, after an enthusiastic reception from audiences for last year’s inaugural run.

“This year’s Oscar® Nominated Short Films ride the wave of the rapidly growing popularity of short movies. Audiences are watching them and filmmakers are responding,” said Carter Pilcher, Chief Executive of Shorts International. “The Academy chose films that are incredible entertainment: animations that are solidly family-friendly, live action films ranging from heart-warming to out-right hilarious and short docs dealing with issues of immediate interest. Like many of the best picture nominees this year, these movies are light, fun and great entertainment.”

The Oscar® Nominated Short Films has become a key fixture of the awards season. Last year, the theatrical release broke all records, grossing over $1,350,000 nationwide and playing in significantly more theaters than in previous years.

Since the inception of the program in 2005, attendance has grown by 800%.

For more information on the nominated shorts and participating theaters, visit www.shorts.tv/theoscarshorts or find the program on Facebook (facebook.com/shortshd) and Twitter (twitter.com/shortshd).

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