Oscar predictions slugfest: Helping you pick winners of Best Shorts – Animated, Live-Action & Documentary (Video)

In our latest Gold Derby editors’ slugfest (watch above), we panic over this Sunday’s Oscars — specifically, the three races for the best in short films. As of this writing, our racetrack odds favor victories by “Sanjay’s Super Team” (Animated Short), “Body Team 12” (Documentary Short) and “Ave Maria” (Live Action Short). But it might not necessarily be safe just to stick with the frontrunners.

Watch Gold Derby editors Tom O’Neil, Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum, Marcus Dixon and Daniel Montgomery come out swinging in our riotous predictions video above.

Could the warm and fuzzy “Bear Story” upset “Sanjay’s Super Team” for the animation prize with its touching story of a bear that has escaped his cruel circus? Will the charming romance of “Stutterer” overtake the cross-cultural comedy of “Ave Maria” for the live-action award? Our editors can’t agree on their personal favorites, let alone who will win.

And is the documentary “Body Team 12” too short even for the short-film category? The story of Ebola in Africa is only 13 minutes long and battles in-depth 40-minute docs about one of the greatest Holocaust films ever made (“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah“) and  a miscarriage of justice in Pakistan (“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness“).

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