As usual, this year's lineup of Oscar-nominated live-action shorts is a foreign affair.
Just as it is most years, the slate is dominated by European films – in this case, one from Norway, one from Germany, one from Ireland and one from Northern Ireland.
"Time Freak" is the sole American entry, a distinction that worked out well for last year's winner, "God of Love."
But two of this year's European entries, "Raju" (left) and "Tuba Atlantic," also share something with "God of Love": They come to the Oscars after first winning at last June's Student Academy Awards.
And one of the nominated filmmakers, Terry George, has...