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Oscar-nominated shorts are a varied group

So you’ve seen “Birdman” and “Boyhood,” pondered “The Imitation Game” and “Selma,” visited “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and joined the masses to see “American Sniper.” That’s all well and good, but your Academy Awards prep is not yet complete.

The “2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films,” a collection of the nominated live action and animated shorts, opens Jan. 30 in the Dipson Eastern Hills Mall cinema, and it is a typically diverse and involving group. [Note: The documentary shorts will not be shown.]

You may have seen one of the animated nominees, the poignant man-and-his-dog story called “Feast,” before Disney’s “Big Hero 6.” But the rest are likely unseen by most filmgoers.

Of the animated nominees, Daisy Jacobs’ “The Bigger Picture” has perhaps the most intriguing backstory. As recently detailed in an article in The Guardian, the 26-year-old director explores the final months of her grandmother’s life, as Parkinson’s disease took its toll.

A noteworthy live action entry is “The Phone Call,” an English short featuring two costars from the delightful “Paddington,” Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent. It is the story of a sweet but somber telephone operator.

The screenings are two separate films with separate admission: "2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animated" and "2015 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action." For showtimes and more information, visit www.dipsontheatres.com.

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