Oscar Shorts 2012: Tiny Gems Light Up the Big Screen

February 22, 2012

2011 Best live-action short film Oscar winner, God of Love

By now you’re probably familiar with Moneyball, The Help, The Artist, and The Descendants—but have you heard of Pentecost, Raju, The Shore, and Time Freak? Chances are, you haven’t, but these Oscar-nominated short films are well worth your attention.

With the full-length feature films grabbing all of the Oscar spotlight, short films— according to Academy rules, they can be no longer than 40 minutes—can be easily overlooked. But in their artistry and brilliance, this year’s nominees are as captivating as any Hollywood blockbuster. Their diverse storylines include an Irish altar boy whose faith is tested, a German couple who adopt an Indian orphan, and an inventor who creates a time machine to travel to yesterday. These innovative fillms represent movie-making in its purest form.

Last year the golden statue was awarded to God of Love, an endearing short about a love-struck, lounge-singing darts champion who uses darts to get the girl of his dreams. It was written by and stars Luke Matheny, a 34-year-old Delaware filmmaker. Here’s an interview of Matheny talking about the film and how it feels to win an Oscar.

Want to see this year’s Oscar nominees? You’re in luck. You can see all of them on Shorts HD (Channel 568), part of DIRECTV HD EXTRA PACK. From February 22 to 29, all DIRECTV customers who have HD service can get all of the channels in HD EXTRA PACK for FREE. Or you can add the package to your subscription at any time.

You can check out the trailers of some of this year’s nominated short films below.

2012 Short Film (Live Action) Nominees 2012 Short Film (Animated) Nominees
Pentecost The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Raju La Luna
The Shore A Morning Stroll