Academy Screens Oscar Shorts

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen all ten Oscar-nominated short films in the animated and live-action categories on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by Academy Award-winning producer-director Taylor Hackford, the Shorts! program will feature onstage discussions with those nominated filmmakers that are available.

The animated shorts to be screened are The Danish Poet by Torill Kove, Pixar’s Lifted from director Gary Rydstrom, Disney’s The Little Matchgirl by Roger Allers, Maestro by Geza M. Toth and fox Animation/Blue Sky Studio’s No Time for Nuts from directors Chris Renaud and Michael Thurmeier.

On the live-action side, the program will feature Binta and the Great Idea by Javier Fesser, Eramos Pocos by Borja Cobeaga, Helmer & Son by Soren Pilmark, The Saviour by Peter Templeman and West Bank Story by Ari Sandel.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is unreserved. Free advance tickets are necessary for admission. There is a two-ticket per person limit. Tickets will be available Feb. 1 at the Academy’s ticket office at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For ticket ordering information, call (310) 247-3600 or go to www.oscars.org/events.

The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. The ceremony will be televised live by ABC starting at 5 p.m. (PST).