Spend some time watching the films nominated for the Oscars’ live action short award, and you’ll find yourself taking a round-the-world tour from Afghanistan to Canada to France to Somalia to New York.
With stories from all corners of the globe, this varied collection of shorts touches on issues of poverty, of aging, and of the choices people are faced with when given great power.
As you get ready to fill out your personal Oscar ballot, here’s a look at the chilling, bittersweet, heart-warming films in the race for the live action short award this year. The winner, along with the top film in the documentary and animation short categories, will be announced at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.
Check out ShortsHD’s website for the Oscar-nominated shorts for information about where they’re playing in local theaters and how you can access the films on iTunes and VOD.
And for more on the animated shorts: Oscars 2013: EW’s long look at the animated short contenders
FIRST SHORT: Asad