Oscar Week Includes Look at Animated Shorts, Features

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Animation gets its due in Oscar Week — a series of events planned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the week leading up to the 83rd annual Academy Awards.

On Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m., the Academy will present Shorts! The 2010 Animated and Live Action Short Film Nominees. The event is hosted by four-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh and features screenings of all of the nominated films in the animated and live-action short film categories, plus an onstage discussion with the filmmakers (schedules permitting).

On Wednesday, the topic shifts to documentaries, with Docs! The 2010 Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature Nominees. Hosted by Michael Apted, the program will include film clips from each of the nominated documentary features and short subjects and panel discussions with the nominees (schedules permitting).

On Thursday, animator and animation historian Tom Sito will present the Oscar-Nominated Animated Feature Symposium. The event celebrates the nominated achievements in the animated feature film category. The nominees (schedules permitting) will discuss their creative process and the development of their films, and present clips illustrating their techniques.

Then, the academy will present the Foreign Language Film Award Nominees Symposium, moderated by Mark Johnson. This symposium will begin at 10 a.m on Saturday, Feb. 26. Last is the Oscar-Nominated Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Symposium, also on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 1:30 p.m. It will be hosted by Leonard Engelman,

The 83rd annual Academy Awards are set to be presented on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif.

Tickets to Shorts!, Docs! and the Animated Feature Symposium events are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets to theForeign Language Film Award Nominees Symposium and the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Symposium are free.

Tickets are available starting Feb. 1 online at www.oscars.org, at the Academy box office (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by mail. Doors open one hour prior to the event. All seating is unreserved.