These are the five films nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2012 Academy Awards.


Directed by Peter McDonald

An Irish altar boy must keep from acting out during church or lose football privileges.

Grade: B-


Directed by Max Zähle

When a German couple adopt a young boy from India, tragic circumstances lead to a frightening discovery.

Grade: B+

The Shore

Directed by Terry George

A man returns to Ireland after 25 years and makes amends with old friends.

Grade: B

Time Freak

Directed by Andrew Bowler

After inventing a time machine, a young man becomes obsessed with getting social interactions just right.

Grade: B-

Tuba Atlantic

Directed by Hallvar Witzø

With only six days left to live, an old man tries to reconnect with his estranged brother, while at the same time, kill as many pesky seagulls as possible.

Grade: B

Haiku Verdict

Tuba gets laughs and
The Shore is sweet, but only
Raju resonates.

By Daniel J. Hoag
The 2012 Oscar-nominated short films are playing now in select cities.
The Shore:
Time Freak:
Tuba Atlantic: