With the Oscars airing tonight, the categories that always seem to lead to a lot of head-scratching in office Oscar pools are the three shorts categories. Even with Shorts HD Oscar Nominated Shorts
program, which gives viewers a chance to see all the shorts in theaters and in other formats, it's often hard to figure out how the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences might decide which of the shorts deserve the Oscar. With that in mind, ComingSoon.net reviewer Joshua Starnes sat down and watched all 15 Oscar shorts to give you some idea what they're about in case you haven't had a chance to watch them yourself:
There are 24 categories for which awards are given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the main ceremony in February, not counting the technical or student Oscars. I'm sure everyone reading this has some opinion on the major categories: director, picture, actor, and screenplay. A smaller percentage will even delve deeply into the technical side, maybe even to the point of being able to explain to their friends what a sound designer does, or who the likely winner is for the sound mixing category when filling out the office pool.
At the obscure end of the line, where only the voters themselves can speak intelligently, are the shorts categories—live action, documentary and animated. And now you can, too, because we've watched them for you so you don't have to.