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Tampa Theatre celebrates the Academy Awards from now until Oscar Night

Ever since the 2014 Academy Awards nominations were handed out, fans of the little golden statuette have been eagerly awaiting the news as to which of their favorite theatrical performances will be dancing with OSCAR®. Though you may be familiar with the feature length presentations, you may not have had a chance to view the short films that are also being recognized. If that is the case, then you should definitely plan to visit the historic Tampa Theatre to see the wildly popular OSCAR® Nominated Short Film programt prior to the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 2nd.

 Now in its 16th year at Tampa Theatre, Hollywood Awards Night (previously known as Oscar Night America®) has become a tradition that Tampa’s film fans look forward to.
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Tampa Theatre will present alternating screenings of the Animated and Live Action programs Friday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, March 1.

ANIMATED Short Film program

Get a Horse! Walt Disney Animation Studios’ innovative new short “Get A Horse!” is a contemporary homage to the first animated shorts featuring Mickey Mouse, with all-new, black-and-white, hand-drawn animation that’s paired with full-color, 3D, CG filmmaking—in the same frame. Mickey (voice of Walt Disney), his favorite gal pal Minnie Mouse and their friends Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow delight in a musical hay wagon ride—until Peg-Leg Pete shows up and tries to run them off the road. USA/6m

Mr. Hublot: Mr Hublot lives in a world where characters are made partially of mechanical parts, driving huge vehicles, rub shoulders with each other. A withdrawn, idiosyncratic character with OCD, Mr Hublot is scared of change and the outside world. His solution: he doesn't step foot outside his apartment! The arrival of the dog Robot Pet will turn his life upside down: he has to share his home with this very invasive companion... France/11m

Feral: A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest. USA/13m

Possessions: The 18th Century. On a stormy night, deep in the mountains, a man has lost his way and comes across a small shrine. When he enters, the space suddenly turns into a room in a different world. One after another appear abandoned umbrellas, discarded kimonos, and such spectral things. The man painstakingly mends these paraphernalia, which harbor deep-seated bitterness, and brings them comfort. Japan/14m

Room on the Broom: Based on the children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Room On The Broom is a story about a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The gang ultimately saves the witch from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone. UK/25m

Highly commended additional animated shorts:

A La Francaise

The Missing Scarf

The Blue Umbrella

1h 46m/Not Rated/Appropriate for children ages 6 and older

LIVE ACTION Short Film program

Helium: A hospital’s eccentric janitor helps a young dying boy regain the joy and happiness of life. Denmark/23 m

The Voorman Problem: Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar affliction: he believes he is a god. The doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman: is he a faker or a lunatic? Diagnose him insane and they can ship him off to the asylum. But before making a decision, the doctor has several questions in relation to Voorman’s claim: why would a god choose to be straitjacketed in a prison, is there a way he can validate his boast and what has any of this got to do with Belgium? UK/13m

Just Before Losing Everything: While her children pretend to go to school, Miriam hurries to pick them up and take them to her work place. She explains to her boss that she has to leave the region in a rush. France/30m

That Wasn’t Me: The short film AQUEL NO ERA YO, written and directed by Spanish director Esteban Crespo, tells the story of Paula and Kaney. Two characters, an African child and a Spanish woman, who could have nothing in common, but will get to join their lives forever through a life‐giving shot. Spain/24m

Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? Mother Sini wakes up in a panic: she has slept in and the family is late for a wedding. She wakes up her husband Jokke and daughters Ella, 6, and Kerttu, 4. They start to prepare themselves in a hurry. Mother is going crazy since nobody else seems to be able to do anything right. Who has messed father’s shirt, hid girls’ dresses and the wedding gift? Finland/7m

1h 53m/Not Rated/Appropriate for adults ages 18 and older

Tickets for either program are $11 for adults and $9 for Tampa Theatre Members at the box office. Be sure to check the theatre website for showtimes.

Now in its 16th year at Tampa Theatre, Hollywood Awards Night (previously known as Oscar Night America®) has become a tradition that Tampa’s film fans look forward to. It’s an evening where guests get the star treatment with a red-carpet arrival and elegant VIP reception. And celebrating Hollywood’s biggest night of the year has never been more exciting than watching the awards live on the Theatre’s big screen on Sunday, March 2.

Not only are attendees guests of the beautiful, historic Tampa Theatre for the evening, but they will also enjoy an authentic red carpet experience: the event begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Red Carpet Reception. After a limo ride around the block and walking the red carpet past adoring fans and paparazzi, patrons can sample scrumptious appetizers and peruse silent auction items representing local businesses.

The OSCAR® Red Carpet Live pre-show telecast will begin at 8 p.m., followed by ABC’s live telecast of the 86th Annual Academy Awards on the big screen. There will be a cash bar all night long, and those guests who stay until the Best Picture is announced at the end of the telecast will enjoy doughnuts and coffee in the lobby.

Guests are encouraged to show off their star status with a movie-themed costume, or let the glamour of Hollywood inspire an outfit!

Tickets are $30 for general admission and $25 for Tampa Theatre Members at the box office or online at TampaTheatre.org (service fees apply.) Student tickets are available for $20 at the box office only with valid student ID. All proceeds benefit Tampa Theatre’s artistic and educational programs and ongoing restoration.

The historic Tampa Theatre is a passionately protected landmark and one of America’s best-preserved movie palaces. The majestic building is owned by the City of Tampa and operated as a dynamic film and cultural center by the not-for-profit Tampa Theatre Foundation. Programming is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Council on Arts and Culture. and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Tampa Theatre is a proud member of the League of Historic American Theatres and the Art House Convergence.

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