salonHow much does Gothamist love that segment of the Oscar telecast where they award the best live action and animated short films? It’s a perfect snack bowl refill time.

However, this year Salon’s editors want you to be prepared to weigh in with your opinions on these little-seen cinematic tidbits. They’ve amassed 5 clips from nominees in the two categories, (“Guard Dog” by Bill Plympton, “Gopher Broke” by Jeff Fowler and Tim Miller and “Ryan” by Chris Landreth in animation; “Little Terrorist” by Ashvin Kumar and “7:35 in the Morning” by Nacho Vigalondo in live action) and are making them available for one day on their site. Click, view and enjoy!

Could the next Wallace and Gromit be in this bunch? What’s your favorite from the group of links available? Have you seen any of the other short subject nominees at film festivals during the past year?

[Image via Thanks to Salon’s Kerry Lauerman!]