Six-Word Summaries of the Oscar Nominated Shorts


The Oscar Short Film series starts tomorrow at the IFC Center in New York; the program — which consists of five live action and five animated films — will run in over 100 locations around the country in the weeks leading up to the Academy Awards on March 7. (If the winter is making you more of a homebody, the shorts will also be available on iTunes beginning on March 2nd.) After the jump, we boil down all 10 shorts into six words a piece.

Click on the name of the film to view the trailer or clips.

Short Film (Live Action)

The Door (Juanita Wilson and James Flynn) – This is what happened after Chernobyl.

Instead of Abracadabra (Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström) – Live at home magician, total dork.

Kavi (Gregg Helvey) – Indian kiln worker dreams of school.

Miracle Fish (Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey) – Birthday boy wishes everyone was gone.

The New Tenants (Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson) – This reminds us why we hate moving.

Short Film (Animated)

French Roast (Fabrice O. Joubert ) – Missing wallet, must keeping drinking coffee.

The Lady and the Reaper (Javier Recio Gracia) – You only thought you were dead.

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty (Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell ) – Meet the elderly fairy. She’s old.

Logorama (Nicolas Schmerkin ) – Logos are everywhere. No, seriously. Everywhere.

Wallace and Gromit in A Matter of Loaf and Death (Nick Park) – The Bake-o-Lite girl is no lady.