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Short but sweet: A look at this year’s Oscar nominated short films

With the Academy Awards only a little over two weeks away, Oscar pundits have already begun to make their picks for “the big four” awards categories: best film, best director, best actor and best actress. Yet, while these critics cobble together their Oscar predictions, we at The Stanford Daily wanted to take the time to highlight the less-recognized — though equally deserving — short film category.

Oscar fashion: The hits and misses

Once, when I was little, I met a dog at the neighborhood playground with the strangest, most bulgy eyes I’d ever seen. “Don’t keep staring at them,” cautioned my mother in her infinite wisdom, “or they’ll come out and get you.” Watching Anne Hathaway on the Oscars red carpet last Sunday, the piece of maternal advice resurfaced from the depths of my memory. As the pointy bodice of Hathaway’s NSFW pink satin Prada column gown stared back into the abyss of my soul, I wondered what could ever cause the normally elegant star to overlook a faux pas as glaringly obvious as this.

Looking ahead to the Oscars

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony is shaping up to be diverse, with everything from children’s films (“Hugo”) to raunchy rom-coms (“Bridesmaids”) to a silent film (“The Artist”) up for major awards. But who will actually win Oscar gold, and who will go home empty-handed? Check out our predictions to win all your Oscar-related betting!