Sure, each year's Academy Awards are usually dominated by people's interest in the Best Picture, Actor, Actress and Director categories. For those real movie buffs, though, the Nuart Theater – starting Friday, Feb. 16 for one week only – will host a special event featuring all of this year's Academy Award-nominated Live-Action and Animated Short Films.

The Live-Action Short Films being screened are: Binta and the Great Idea (Spain), a film about a 7-year-old girl who sets out to change the life of her young cousin; Eramos Pocos (One Too Many) , also from Spain, about a man who must persuade his mother-in-law to do the housework when his wife leaves him; Helmer and Son (Denmark), about a son who is called to a rest home to which his father was recently admitted; The Saviour (Australia), which chronicles the life of Malcolm, a door-to-door Mormon evangelist in love with a married woman; and West Bank Story (USA), a musical comedy set in the fast-food world of competing falafel stands.

The Animated Short Films being screened are: The Danish Poet (Norway and Canada), about a creatively challenged poet who journeys to Norway to meet a famous writer; Lifted (USA), about a young alien student who tests the patience of a weary instructor in a first-time abduction attempt; The Little Matchgirl (USA), which is based on the Hans Christian Andersen story about a little girl who sees visions of happiness in the flames of matches; Maestro (Hungary), a tale about a man preparing for a show; and No Time for Nuts (USA), a short film about an animal named Scrat who uncovers a frozen time machine during the Ice Age while trying to bury a nut.

The Nuart Theatre is located at 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles. For ticket prices, screening times and more information, visit or