But listen, dude; it doesnt have to go down like that. Nows the perfect time to brush up on your Oscar knowledge, and you can knock out two whole categories in one night if you visit the Academy Award Nominated Shorts Screening at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale). In about an hour-and-a-half each, you can check out all the films nominated for in the live action shorts category and the animated shorts category, which is really badass, because (lets face it) you never get to see these pieces. Notable flicks on the animated docket are Aleksandr Petrovs Moya lyubov (My Love), about an oil painting that comes to life and spins a yarn about a nineteenth century love triangle (Petrov has won before, and this one is favored); and Même les pigeons vont au paradis, which is like a sci-fi version of a Mitch Albom novel, but with pigeons. For live action, two-time nominee Anja Daelemans is back with her film, Tanghi argentini, but critics are expecting a win out of The Tonto Woman, an adaptation of an Elmore Leonard story. The series has multiple showings Friday through Sunday. For a complete list, or to get tickets ($8 each) visit www.fliff.com.
Fri., Feb. 15; Sat., Feb. 16; Sun., Feb. 17, 2008