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Oscar Shorts Screen Nationwide on Feb. 6

Shorts International will bring the Oscar-nominated short films in the live-action and animated categories to U.S. theatres on February 6 2009, giving audiences around the country an opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the 81st Academy Awards ceremony on February 22.

The Oscar Shorts program will open in theaters starting February 6, expanding to 60 cities throughout the country in the following weeks. This year's release will also in part be supported by Magnolia Pictures.

Together with the theatrical run, the nominated short films will be released on iTunes on February 17 on iTunes stores in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards will be announced on January 22.