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get a leg up on your Oscar pool with on-demand shorts

The short-films categories are often the tie-breakers in Oscar pools, and often everyone is just guessing who’ll win what because usually, no one except Academy voters have seen these nominees. This year, more of us have the same opportunity. From an Academy press release:

New York, Mar. 2 – The Academy Award Nominated Short Films are often difficult for film fans to find. Now, for the first time ever, “The Oscar® Nominated Short Films 2010″ will be available via cable’s Movies On Demand (MOD), presented by Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures. The nation’s leading MOD distributor, iN DEMAND L.L.C., will make the films available to U. S. digital cable audiences through Movies On Demand (MOD) starting March 3rd in both standard and high definition. Nominees in both the Live Action and Animated categories will be available on Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks systems around the country.

Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, and Bright House Networks will host the films within MOD in an “Award Nominees” category. Comcast customers will find the films within MOD and its “Top Picks” category under the subcategory “Oscar Nominees.” Comcast will also be presenting the top live action short film titles from 2009. The cost for these programs varies from $2.99 to $5.99.

More info is available from In Demand.

Of course, the Oscar shorts are also currently in theaters, but at only 88 venues across North America. On demand is a much better option for getting the films before as many eyes as possible.

My cable company, Cablevision, sucks, so I’m not able to see these shorts — they’re not even playing theatrically in NYC, which is really odd — so I’ll be left guessing.

This has been your OMG Thought for the Day.

(via Living in Cinema)

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