Live-action misery, animated joy: 2016’s Oscar-nominated shorts

Veteran Oscar-watchers will probably raise an eyebrow when they notice that one of the live-action short films up for an Academy Award this year is called “Everything Will Be OK.” In the world of Oscar-nominated short films, that kind of reassurance is usually a lie; the final contenders tend to deal with heavy issues and solemn situations from trouble spots around the world. This year, there are two programs of current Oscar-nominated shorts touring arthouse theaters, starting on January 29th. The 86-minute animation block, which includes all five nominated shorts and four bonus “highly commended” shorts, features a range of styles, subjects, and tones. But the stories generally resolve positively, or at least with a bittersweet tinge…

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