By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

10 LIVE ACTION SHORTS ALIVE IN 2009 OSCAR® RACE


Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards®. Seventy-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

The Door, Juanita Wilson, director, and James Flynn, producer (Octagon Films Ltd.)

The Ground Beneath, Rene Hernandez, director, and Kristina Ceyton, producer (Passion Pictures)

Hotel, Tim Conrad, director-producer (Oyster Films)

Instead of Abracadabra, Patrik Eklund, director, and Mathias Fjellstrom, producer (Direktorn & Fabrikorn)

Kavi, Gregg Helvey, director-producer (Gregg Helvey)

Miracle Fish, Luke Doolan, director, and Drew Bailey, producer (Druid Films)

The New Tenants, Joachim Back, director, and Tivi Magnusson, producer (Park Pictures)

The Response, Adam Rodgers, director, and Sig Libowitz, producer (Look at the Moon Productions)

Short Term 12, Destin Daniel Cretton, director-producer, and Michelle Steffes, producer (Destin Cretton)

Sidney Turtlebaum, Tristram Shapeero, director, and Daniel Jewel, producer (Third Man Films Limited)

The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in New York and Los Angeles.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January 2010.

The 82nd Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


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