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2016 Oscar Predictions: Short Film Categories

2016 Oscar Predictions: Short Film Categories

READ MORE: Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight 

Every year, while the industry closely analyzes the most prestigious Oscar races, most notably best picture and best director, three quieter categories fall to the wayside even though they most often are the deal breaker between winning your Oscar predictions pool and going home empty handed.

These fields are the three short film categories — best live action short film, best animated short film and best documentary (short subject) — and part of the reason it’s so hard to determine a winner is because how hard it is to screen each nominee. Fortunately, Indiewire’s awards prognosticator Anne Thompson is here to take on the challenge and weigh in on each of the categories

Below is Anne Thompson’s take on how things might shake down in the races for best live action short film, best animated short film and best documentary (short subject). Check out Thompson on Hollywood’s Oscar predictions page for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on Indiewire.

Best Live Action Short Film 

“Ave Maria,” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
“Day One,” Henry Hughes
“Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut),” Patrick Vollrath
“Shok,” Jamie Donoughue
“Stutterer,” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage
Predicted Winner: “Shok”

WINNER: “Stutterer”

Best Animated Short Film
“Bear Story,” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
“Prologue,” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
“Sanjay’s Super Team,” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
“We Can’t Live Without Cosmos,” Konstantin Bronzit
“World of Tomorrow,” Don Hertzfeldt

Predicted Winner: “World of Tomorrow”

WINNER: “Bear Story”

Best Documentary – Short Subject

“Body Team 12,” David Darg and Bryn Mooser
“Chau, Beyond the Lines,” Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,” Adam Benzine
“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
“Last Day of Freedom,” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Predicted Winner: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”

WINNER: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”

For more insight into the 2016 awards season, visit the Indiewire Awards Season Spotlight homepage here.

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According to this interview he did with the IDA, David Darg DOES work for Operation Blessing, so the above link is (surprisingly) legit:

Can’t believe Academy members will actually give an Oscar to Pat Robertson and a team of LGBT-hating Christian missionaries, but then again who knows? Aren’t these the exact people who were the bad guys in docs like God Loves Uganda and Mission Congo?


The director of Body Team 12 works for RYOT Films, not Operation Blessing. I doubt he would have anything to do with or Pat Robertson or his organization.


I wish the Albanian movie called "Shok" will win.


That link in the comment has to be fake. Looks like spam. Can’t believe the director of Body Team 12 would have anything to do with Operation Blessing.
Can someone explain?


You have to get these three categories right to win your Oscar pool, but don’t expect any analysis from us. Here are our three picks with no explanation as to why we think they’re more likely winners over the others.

Momolu Boimah Dukuly

I shall be praying that BODY TEAM 12 shall be winning the prize on Oscar night!

David Darg, minister Pat Robertson and the Holy Operation Blessing workers are doing GOD’s work and with their efforts, we shall rid Africa of the Devil of Ebola, of this disease of homosexuality and we shall teach the one TRUE word of our lord and saviour.

As it is written, it cannot be denied "If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)”
This Plague is on the hands of the Unbelievers but we shall rid if from Africa!

Momolu Boimah DUKULY

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