1 February 2013 1:14 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Want a leg-up in your Oscar pool? The five short films nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Animated Short” are now playing at the Landmark Century Theatre in a special presentation with three other shorts (the non-nominated “Abiogenesis,” “Dripped,” and “The Gruffalo’s Child”). The program runs 88 minutes and we have mini-reviews of all five below, ranked in the order we’d like to see them win the Oscar.

Paperman

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“Paperman”

What a delightful piece of filmmaking. This short, which played before “Wreck-It Ralph” was superior to its acclaimed companion film. As much as it pains me to put a Disney film at the top of a category that I wish was led solely by independent productions, nothing tops “Paperman” this year. It’s a lovely piece about a NYC man who has a chance encounter with a woman while waiting for a train. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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