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Jonathan Borge
Mar 04, 2018 @ 9:00 am

Isn’t it better to watch the Oscars and actually know what the nominated films are about?

There are nine nominated movies in the best picture category and while you officially have less than a day to catch up with them, there’s another way to feel in-the-know: The short films. Just as they sound, these movies are shorter, generally easier to digest, and don’t take up quite as much of your time; yet, they’re just as good.

In case you’re wondering, the Academy’s definition of a short film is “an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.” The categories include Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, and Documentary Short Subject.

So how, exactly, can you access these this films at the tip of your fingers? Currently, these Oscar-nominated short films are being shown across the country thanks to Shorts TV and Magnolia Pictures. To check one out, simply visit this link to find the closest theater to you that is featuring them. It’s important to note that these are typically shown in batches as an “event,” meaning you’ll buy tickets to watch either all of the films in the category at once or a selection, depending on your theater.

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The easiest way to catch these, however, is to do so right at home. All of the short films will be available soon (reportedly this week) for streaming on Amazon, Google Play, and iTunes. Follow this Shorts TV link and choose the film and platform you’d like to proceed with.

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Scroll down to see the full list of nominated films by category.

Animated Short Film

Dear Basketball
Where to Watch: SBNation, and Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Garden Party
Where to Watch: YouTube, and Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Lou
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Negative Space
Where to Watch: YouTube, and Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Revolting Rhymes
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Live Action Short Film

DeKalb Elementary
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

The Eleven O'Clock
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

My Nephew Emmett
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

The Silent Child
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Watu Wote/All of Us
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Documentary Short Subject

Edith and Eddie
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405
Where to Watch: YouTube, and Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Heroin(e)
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Knife Skills
Where to Watch: YouTube, and Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

Traffic Stop
Where to Watch: Amazon, Google Play, or iTunes

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