Your Oscar prep continues with a full week of Oscars short film screenings at Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse! Catch each category in several showing over the course of the next week. Viewing the Oscars shorts offers a rare chance to work through an entire list of nominees in just a few hours (or see all three categories and make a day of it)!

We won’t try to predict any winners since the short film categories are perhaps the most diverse in terms of subject matter and style -- but here are a few of the standouts you’ll want to see before the awards.

Live-Action Shorts:This year’s live-action short filmsdeal with the aftermath of war, daring escapes, and an oddly light-hearted drug trafficking-sports mashup. But keep an eye out for "The Neighbors’ Window" by filmmakers Marshall Curry (on his fourth Oscars nomination). The flick tells the story of a New York couple that becomes preoccupied with the (younger, ostensibly hotter) people next door.

Animated Shorts:Kickstarter-funded ode to family "Hair Love" is probably the best-known of this year’s short offerings(Gray Duck is hosting a Q&A with MSP animators who worked on the project after the 7:30 p.m. Animated Shorts showing). But "Memorable," by French director Bruno Collet, uses its medium to full effect while telling the story of a painter gradually losing the battle with Alzheimer’s.

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Documentary Shorts:This year’s nomineesare all intensely topical and focused on social justice. But "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)" follows a group of girls over 15 years as they learn to read and write and gain confidence through skateboarding in war-torn Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

You can catch Winona pop-up screeningsof the Oscar shorts starting at 5 p.m. Friday, and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Public Launch, 119 East Third St., Winona. Get tickets on Facebookor grayducktheater.com. Gray Duck is also hosting a free screening on Wednesday, Feb. 5, of " The Cave," another Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature, in Rochester.

                                                        Friday       Saturday        Sunday

Oscar Shorts 2020: Live Action     1 p.m.       2:15 p.m.      7 p.m.

Oscar Shorts 2020: Documentary4 p.m.       4:20 p.m.       4 p.m.

Oscar Shorts 2020: Animation      7:30 p.m.   12 p.m.        1:30 p.m.

Go to grayducktheater.com for showings of the Oscar Shorts through next weekend as well (yes, even Monday-Wednesday), as well as other ways to study up before the live awards show screening Feb. 9!