Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Animation and Live-Action

The live-action entries are a diverse mix. The clear winner of the pack is writer/director/star Luke Matheny's God of Love, a nicely modulated deadpan charmer about a singing darts champion trying to woo the girl of his dreams. Among the animated shorts, Pixar's Day & Night boasts a comparatively low-key aesthetic to dramatize the unlikely friendship that develops between Daytime and Nighttime. A deceptively simple remembrance of a boy's encounter with a bizarre orphaned creature, Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing elevates a familiar storyline into something exceptionally moving that touches on friendship, loneliness, and the tragedy of how getting older numbs us to the wonders of the small oddities around us.

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