If you live in New York or Los Angeles and you haven’t seen all five of the animated short films nominated for the Oscar this year, you’ll soon have the opportunity. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present public screenings of this year’s animated and live-action short-subject nominees on Saturday, Feb. 19, in New York and Tuesday, Feb. 22 in Beverly Hills.
Robert Osborne, author of 75 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards, will serve as the host for the two New York screenings, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Academy Theater at the Lighthouse International, located at 111 East 59th Street between Park and Lexington Aves.
The Los Angeles screening on the 22nd will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.
This marks the first time the nominated shorts will be shown by the Academy prior to the awards telecast. The Academy first began offering film screenings to the New York public in November of 2002 with its "Monday Nights with Oscar” film series. This special "Saturday Afternoon with Oscar” double screening is an outgrowth of that popular program. A second screening was added this year due to the sell-out New York crowd that showed up in 2004.
This year’s nominated animated shorts are Birthday Boy by Sejong Park and Andrew Gregory (Australia), Gopher Broke by Jeff Fowler and Tim Miller (U.S.), Guard Dog by Bill Plympton (U.S.), Lorenzo by Mike Gabriel and Baker Bloodworth (U.S.) and Ryan by Chris Landreth (Canada).
Tickets for the screenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid I.D. Tickets for the NY event may be reserved over the phone by calling (888) 778-7575. For more information on the L.A. screening, call (310) 247-3600.
The nominated shorts will also screen in Washington D.C. at the National Archives during Oscar week. Dates and times can be found on the Academy’s website at www.oscars.org/events/shorts/index.html.
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