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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.