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Oscar-Nominated Shorts of 2012

My favorite award show has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R.

Fact-based spy movies? Check. Tarantino blood baths? Check. Presidential biopics? Check. Some Oscar-nominated movies are easy to see. (Okay, some were easier than others - looking at you, Lincoln.) Others aren't exactly playing at your local mega-plex. Take the time to support the little guy by heading to the Egyptian Theatre to see the Oscar-nominated films in the "Shorts" categories, you know, the ones you hear about for the first time on Oscar night that look really good and you swear you'll Netflix but then can't find and totally forget about and then never see. On Wednesday the 22nd, see the five documentary shorts, each around 40 minutes in length. Go back on Saturday for the live-action shorts, which include five, 20-minute films about such topics as Somali pirates, Buzkashi (the Afghan game of horse polo played with a dead goat), and love and loss. Afterward, stick around for the 2- to 11-minute animated shorts, which have names like Fresh Guacamole, Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare, and Paperman.