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Tuesday morning's much-anticipated announcement of the 2010 Oscar nominations will make 10 short-filmmakers very happy.

The enviable animated and live-action short film directors will not only have a shot at winning the industry's most prestigious award, they will have a guaranteed theatrical release by Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International.

Beginning Feb. 19, the two distributors will partner to release the Oscar-nominated short films into a limited number of theaters, expanding to 100 cities in the following weeks; you'll even be able to find the short film program screening in Canada and the U.K. Tuesday morning's much-anticipated announcement of the 2010 Oscar nominations will make 10 short-filmmakers very happy.

The enviable animated and live-action short film directors will not only have a shot at winning the industry's most prestigious award, they will have a guaranteed theatrical release by Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International.

Beginning Feb. 19, the two distributors will partner to release the Oscar-nominated short films into a limited number of theaters, expanding to 100 cities in the following weeks; you'll even be able to find the short film program screening in Canada and the U.K.

A website listing the shorts and the participating theaters will launch Friday.

The theatrical release of the Academy Award-nominated shorts has met with enthusiastic audiences ever since their launch five years ago, giving audiences around the world an opportunity to see the nominated films prior to the Academy Awards ceremonies. The series' popularity has charted a spectacular 289 percent increase in attendance at the domestic box office since its inception in 2005, breaking the record last year for the highest gross ever on a single screen at New York's IFC Center.

"These short films prove the continued relevance of the short film category with a formidable line-up of varied productions from around the world." said Carter Pilcher, chief executive of Shorts International. "These filmmakers represent filmmaking talent of the future and we are thrilled to be introducing them to the marketplace."

"It's the only program of its kind, making Oscar-nominated short films available to the public before the awards," said Tom Quinn, senior vice president of Magnolia Pictures. "If audiences are interested in improving their handicap come Oscar night, this is the best way to get a head start."

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Steve Martin and Alex Baldwin, will air live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, March 7.