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Oscar-nominated shorts are long on fear, joy and imagination

Oscar-nominated shorts are long on fear, joy and imagination

Whether live action, documentary or animated, Oscar-nominated shorts typically span a fascinating range of aesthetics and sensibilities, and this year is no exception.

Overseas conflicts dominate the live-action category this year. In the well-meaning if melodramatic "Day One," a new Afghan American U.S. Army interpreter deals with fear, confusion and hope in a remote village where a suspected bomb maker lives. The Balkans war is the backdrop for the grimly affecting "Shok," in which an abandoned bicycle sparks an Albanian man's scarring memory of a childhood friendship. "Ave Maria" satirizes the "noise" of an age-old clash in a...

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