Oscar-Nominated Shorts

Landmark Theatres has the distribution rights for the short films — animated, live action, documentary — nominated for Oscars. These films are typically revelatory in their lameness. You watch them. You ask: “Is THAT all you need to produce a film that, if rewarded, can have you called an ‘Oscar winner’?”

The answer is yes.

Two of the films nominated in this category are mediocre. They are “The Warriors of Quijong,” which reports on a small Chinese town’s fight against polluters, and “Strangers No More,” about a school for refugee children in Israel.