Monday, February 20, 2006

Starting in 1997 (with the nominated films from 1996), the Academy began presenting its now-annual "Shorts!" program in the spring, following the Academy Awards. The event has sold out every year, as audiences embraced an opportunity to see the nominees and winners in the short animation and live-action categories, and to hear from some of the filmmakers.

Then last year, we tried something different -- screening the films the week before the Oscar presentation. A packed house was treated to two panel discussions with all of the nominated filmmakers in both categories, hosted by past live-action short film nominee and actress JoBeth Williams. This screening promises to provide those in attendance with an insider's knowledge of these two categories prior to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 5th.

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