Oscar predictions: Nominations for Best Animated Short, Documentary Short & Live Action Short will be …

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Of the 24 categories that make up the Oscar nominations to be announced Thursday, it is a trio of under-the-radar races — Best Animated Short, Best Documentary Short and Best Live Action Short — that can either make or break a pundit's prediciton score. Below, we enumerate the top five contenders in all three races in order of their racetrack odds, with the predicted winners noted in gold.

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These official odds are derived from the predictions of 22 Expert film journalists along with the Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year's Oscar nominations and the thousands of Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
"If I Was God" – 12/5
"Sanjay's Super Team" – 10/3
"World of Tomorrow" – 9/2
"Bear Story" – 15/2
"Carface (Autos Portraits)" – 17/2

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
"Body Team 12" – 21/10
"A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" – 7/2
"Chau Beyond the Lines" – 6/1
"My Enemy My Brother" – 8/1
"The Testimony" – 12/1

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
"Ave Maria" – 9/5
"Shok" – 4/1
"Day One" – 9/2
"Winter Light" – 7/1
"Stutterer" – 9/1

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When it comes to picking the winners for the three short races, here are the predictions by each of our Experts.

Thelma Adams (Gold Derby): "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes): "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior): "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Tim Gray (Variety): "Sanjay's Super Team" for Animated Short, "50 Feet From Syria" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood): "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair): "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post): "Sanjay's Super Team" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Tariq Khan (Fox News): "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood): "Sanjay's Super Team" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Jack Mathews (Gold Derby): "Sanjay's Super Team" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Michael Musto (Out.com): "World of Tomorrow" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby): No prediction for for Animated Short, "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" for Documentary Short, No prediction for Live Action Short

Kevin Polowy (Yahoo): "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly): "World of Tomorrow" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby): "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Keith Simanton (IMDB): "Sanjay's Super Team" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Winter Light" for Live Action Short

Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly): "Sanjay's Super Team" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Sasha Stone (Awards Daily): "Sanjay's Super Team" for Animated Short, "Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah" for Documentary Short, "Day One" for Live Action Short

Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood): "Sanjay's Super Team" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Peter Travers (Rolling Stone): "World of Tomorrow" for Animated Short, "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" for Documentary Short, "Shok" for Live Action Short

Brian Tuitt (USA Today): "Sanjay's Super Team" for Animated Short, "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com): "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Shok" for Live Action Short

And now here are the predictions by each of our Editors (not counting O'Neil and Sheehan who are both listed above):

Chris Beachum: "Carface (Autos Portraits)" for Animated Short, "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Marcus James Dixon: "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Rob Licuria: "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "Body Team 12" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

Daniel Montgomery: "If I Was God" for Animated Short, "50 Feet From Syria" for Documentary Short, "Ave Maria" for Live Action Short

And be sure to click here to see the predictions of all of our Top 24 Users.

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3 thoughts on “Oscar predictions: Nominations for Best Animated Short, Documentary Short & Live Action Short will be …

  1. Wait, what’s going on here? What’s with some of the shorts films in the list that are NOT nominated for Oscar, such as “If I Was God…”?

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