This year's Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films are some of the finest in recent years. 'Animal Behaviour' is directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine, who won in this category nearly 25 years ago for 'Bob's Birthday'. 'Bao' is the Pixar entry, from the first-ever female director of a Pixar short, Domee Shi. 'Late Afternoon' comes from Cartoon Saloon, the makers of 'The Breadwinner'. 'One Small Step' is directed by three guys who left Disney Animation and started their own company, Taiko Studios. And 'Weekends' recently won director Trevor Jimenez the Annie Award for Best Animated Short Film. This theatrical presentation also includes two Highly Commended entries from around the globe that are also worth watching. For more info, visit shorts.tv.
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic in 2006 at the age of 7. To date, Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases and, in total, has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9. And in 2011, Jackson was inducted into the Broadcast Film Critics Association as their youngest member. The BFCA’s annual Critics Choice Awards is one of the industry’s most recognized and prestigious awards shows. The 2019 three-hour ceremony featuring Hollywood's biggest stars of film and television airs LIVE on Sunday January 13th at 7pmET on The CW. Jackson is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and votes annually for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Currently, Jackson's reviews are posted on his website, YouTube channel and Cultjer.com. He is also a contributor to AnimationScoop.com, run by animation historian Jerry Beck. And Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE”, along with “The LCJ Q&A Podcast”, on which he interviews celebrities and filmmakers.