Get a leg up on the Oscar pool
The Oscars are infinitely more fun to follow when you've actually seen the nominated films, and thanks to ShortsHD, all the competing shorts are again screening theatrically for a limited time. Organized by category (animation, live action, and documentary), the Academy's picks run the time-gamut from under 10 to over 35 minutes. Always inspiring to see up on the big screen are the animated films and this year's lot includes Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares' Mr. Hublot; Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim's homage to Mickey Mouse, Get a Horse!; and Room on the Broom, which features the voices of Simon Pegg, Rob Brydon and Gillian Anderson. The documentaries are another of our favorite categories, and the 2014 nominees cover a range of topics, from the last days of a terminally ill inmate to protesting in Yemen.