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Watch All the Short Films Competing for an Oscar in Theaters February 1

Thompson on Hollywood By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 16, 2013 at 2:18PM

ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures will release all of the Oscar nominated shorts in over 260 theaters across the U.S., Canada and Europe on February 1. This will be the eighth year the Academy's selection of short films hit theaters.
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Oscar-nominated documentary short "Mondays at Racine"
Oscar-nominated documentary short "Mondays at Racine"

ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures will release all of the Oscar nominated shorts in over 260 theaters across the U.S., Canada and Europe on February 1. This will be the eighth year the Academy's selection of short films hit theaters.

Last year's theatrical release broke records, earning $1.7 million nationwide and cracking the top 50 highest-grossing independent film releases in North America. Since its debut in 2005, the theatrical distribution of these shorts has seen an 800% growth.

The screening programs are broken into categories-- Live Action, Animated and Documentary--and will be hosted by past Oscar winners: The Live Action program will be introduced by director Luke Matheny ("God of Love," 2011); Animated Shorts by Bill Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg ("The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore," 2011); and Documentary shorts by Daniel Junge ("Saving Face," 2012). The films are listed below, along with a teaser reel.

ANIMATION

Adam & Dog - (director: Minkyu Lee, USA) The story about the dog of Eden. What happened in those first days of Creation that made Man and Dog so inseparable? The dog, as he lives through this curious world, encounters a strange creature; a human being named Adam - and with that discovers a new found connection to the world.

Fresh Guacamole - (director: PES, USA) Learn how to transform familiar objects into Fresh Guacamole!

Head Over Heels - (director: Timothy Reckart, UK) After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter discovers a long-lost memento of their wedding day, he tries to reignite their old romance. But it brings their equilibrium crashing down, and the couple that can't agree which way is up must find a way to put their marriage back together.

Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare' (director: David Silverman, USA) Maggie Simpson spends a day at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center where she is diagnosed at an average intelligence level. Longing to be grouped with the gifted children, Maggie finds her destiny by rescuing a lonely cocoon from Baby Gerald, who is busy smooshing butterflies.

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Awards, Shorts, Short Film, Magnolia Pictures, Awards


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.