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Oscar week: 4 cheap screenings of lower-profile categories

A scene from the nominated animated short
A scene from the nominated animated short "Bear Story."
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Big names like Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio may take the spotlight Sunday, but this week other nominees get center stage at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is hosting four nights of screenings open to the public highlighting lower-profile categories, with prices ranging from free to 5 bucks. (You can get tickets here.)

The weeklong series starts Tuesday evening with a screening of all 10 nominated shorts. That will be followed by panels and screenings of trailers and clips of nominated documentaries on Wednesday, animated features on Thursday and foreign language films on Saturday.

The trailer for Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala's "Bear Story," which is nominated for best animated short film.

There's also a makeup and hairstyling symposium on Friday, when artists for “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant” and other films will discuss and show off their work. 

“The layer upon layer of creativity and the number of people that it takes to bring these worlds to life is just really inspiring when you get to hear the stories of how these films are made,” said Randy Haberkamp, the managing director of the Academy’s preservation and foundation programs.

"Amy" is nominated for best feature documentary.

“It’s fascinating to see these worlds created by these artists, who toil away all hours of the day and night on a film set,” he said.

Many of the events are already sold out online — but according to Haberkamp, guests are rarely turned away, because there are always people who don’t make it. He said that it's worth taking the risk for the opportunity to meet some interesting film artists.

Plus, Haberkamp said, you may even "get an edge on that Oscar pool that you may be trying to fill out," since you'll be getting more information about some of these categories than most of your competitors.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story was mistaken about which day the foreign language screening will take place. KPCC regrets the error.