Everyone hates that one person at the Oscar party who’s seen absolutely every movie that’s been nominated and who goes to great lengths to make sure everyone else hears their opinions on each one, just to let them know that they’re only rooting for their favorites out of a place of ignorance and to shame them for basically being Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday movie watchers. Unless, of course, you are that person. Then there’s no greater thrill than lording your superior knowledge over the riffraff who just showed up to drink wine and hover over the cheese platter. As far as Oscar parties go, the only thing better than being the person who’s seen more of the nominees than anyone else is being the person who gets sat next to the cheese.
Seeing as it would probably be in our best interests to keep our dignity and not become known as the most desperate snack-snatcher come this Sunday, being the smarmiest smarty-pants should be the goal we shoot for. Given our strategy, the biggest hurdle we’re going to need to get over when it comes to having a complete knowledge of what deserves to be praised and what deserves to be shamed come awards time is obviously the short films. Let’s be honest here, nobody is ever able to get around to all of the shorts by the time the ceremony happens. That could all change today though, because now there’s a way you can binge watch them all from the comfort of your couch any time you have a few hours to spare this week, in preparation for the big event.
Starting today, bundles of the nominated shorts are no longer just playing in select theaters around the country, but they can also be watched on various VOD services. To be more specific, they’ve been put together by a company called ShortsHD, and they can be rented on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and on DirecTV and AT&T’s content platforms. If you have easy access to any of those services, then you’re pretty much all set to sit in your pajamas and take everything in.
Of course, if you don’t have access to any of those services, or you just happen to be feeling social, you can also head out to the theater and take in a screening of the shorts on the big screen. A handy locator to find the theaters in your area that are showing them can be found here. And if you’re not even sure about what got nominated in the live action, animated, and documentary categories this year, here’s a handy trailer meant to sell you on the whole experience. Check it out. Given how many people click on the Short Film of the Day posts here, I know everyone likes bite-sized movies. They’re basically the cinematic equivalent of petting a pony.