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.
Predicted Winner: "Shok"
Predicted Winner: "World of Tomorrow"
WINNER: "Bear Story"Best Documentary - Short Subject
"Last Day of Freedom," Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi TalismanPredicted 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.