OSCARS: 'Hotel Rwanda' Writer-Director Terry George Takes 'Shorts' Cut To Third Nomination

Whenever talk comes up about eliminating certain Oscar categories — or at least taking them off the primetime telecast — inevitably leading the list are the three short film categories: Documentary Short, Live Action Short and Animated Short. They represent a form that isn’t seen much in theaters anymore and most of the nominees are not known to the general public watching. For many, their sole purpose is to serve as tiebreakers in office Oscar pools. But in fact some of these films are actually better than many features nominated, and for the past few years thanks to ShortsHD and distributor Magnolia Pictures they have been finding increasingly larger audiences with compilation theatrical releases featuring the five contenders in each of the three categories. Last weekend, The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012 opened on 120 screens across the U.S. and Canada and broke its previous record from the year before with a gross of $412,304, which is up more than $100,000 from 2011’s release. The companies plan to have the programs on over 200 screens before the Oscars next weekend. (more…)

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