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2014 Academy Award Predictions


Prior to Thursday's Academy Award nomination announcements, head on over to Film-Actually and turn in your predictions before 6pm January 15th.

Below are my picks for this year's Oscars.



BEST PICTURE - 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST DIRECTOR - Alfonso Cuaron, Steve McQueen, Martin Scorsese, David O. Russell, Alexander Payne
BEST ACTOR - Matthew McConaughey, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brucer Dern, Tom Hanks, Idris Elba
BEST ACTRESS - Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Jared Leto, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Bruhl, Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Lupita N'yongo, Jennifer Lawrence, June Squibb, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams
BEST EDITING - Gravity, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years A Slave
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY - Her, American Hustle, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, Blue Jasmine
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - 12 Years A Slave, Before Midnight, Philomena, Captain Phillips, The Wolf of Wall Street
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - The Grandmaster, The Notebook, The Hunt, The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Gravity, Prisoners, 12 Years A Slave, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN - The Great Gatsby, American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave, Saving Mr. Banks, Rush
BEST SOUND MIXING - Gravity, Captain Phillips, Lone Survivor, All Is Lost, Inside Llewyn Davis
BEST SOUND EDITING - Gravity, Captain Phillips, Lone Survivor, All Is Lost, Iron Man 3
BEST COSTUME DESIGN - American Hustle, Her, The Great Gatsby, 12 Years A Slave, The Invisible Woman
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - All Is Lost, Gravity, Saving Mr. Banks, 12 Years A Slave, Captain Phillips
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - The Act of Killing, Stories We Tell, The Square, Black Fish, 20 Feet from Stardom
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE - Frozen, The Wind Rises, Monsters University, Despicable Me 2, The Croods
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS - Gravity, Pacific Rim, The Hobbit, Her, World War Z
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING - American Hustle, Bad Grandpa, The Great Gatsby
BEST ORIGINAL SONG - "Over the Love" "Ordinary Love" "Let It Go" "Young and Beautiful" "The Moon Song"

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