Documentary Short nominee Karama Has No Walls, Animated Short nominee Room on the Broom, and Live-Action Short nominee The Voorman Problem
Every year, audiences watching the Academy Awards take a collective bathroom break whenever the Oscars for Best Animated Short Film, Best Live-Action Short Film, and Best Documentary Short Film are announced, since just about all the nominees in those categories have played only during local film festivals. But over the last few years, that has started to change — this month, all 15 short film nominees are playing in theaters across the country (click here for a list of theaters), and starting on Feb. 25, they will be available on VOD.
Running anywhere between six and 39 minutes long, this year's crop is especially international in scope, and ranges from madcap animated comedies to harrowing live-action dramas to fascinating documentary portraits. In case you don't have the time to watch them yourself, here is everything you need to know about them before the Oscars air on March 2 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.