The Oscars are coming up in two short weeks. That’s pretty large news around these parts. But we’ve got nothing against short news. Specifically animated shorts.

We’d probably get in a lot of trouble if we showed you video for all of the Academy Award nominees for Best Picture, but now we can watch all of the nominees for Best Animated Short Film. As you can probably guess, these are some top quality shorts, and are worth the combined 36 minutes or so that it would take to watch them in all of their dialogue-free glory. After all, you’ll need a reason to scream at the TV when your favorite one wins or loses.

First up is Head Over Heels, a delightfully warm and quirky reminder of how much we can take our significant others for granted. Timothy Reckart’s stop-motion is smooth and fluid, especially given his unique setting of a floating house with two separate centers of gravity. It’s gorgeous animation and timeless tale that will make a lot of people say, “Awww.”

But Head Over Heels could lose to the juggernaut that is Disney with their entry, Paperman. Not just because it’s Disney, but because it’s just as beautiful, trading a CGI aesthetic with something much more Golden Age, and telling just as lovely a story, this time of lovers meant to be rather than lovers long together. Chances are you’ve seen it or heard of director John Kahrs’ reverence to the power of paper over technology, as it’s taken the Internet by storm over the last couple of weeks.

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