Live-action shorts vie for Oscar nom

Films include 'The Door,' 'Sidney Turtlebaum'

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Ten live-action short films -- ranging from director Juanita Wilson and producer James Flynn's "The Door," which looks at a Russian father and daughter, to director Tristram Shapeero and producer Daniel Jewel's "Sidney Turtlebaum," about an eccentric gay Jewish man in London -- have been shortlisted for the best live-action short film Oscar.

On Friday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released the list of ten, from which three to five nominees will be chosen.

In addition to "Door" and "Turtlebaum," the contenders are: "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; "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 Prods.); and "Short Term 12," Destin Daniel Cretton, director-producer, and Michelle Steffes, producer.

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.

Branch members will now select three to five nominees after branch screenings are held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in January.

Nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Award will be held on Feb. 2. The awards themselves take place March 7.
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