Picks and Predictions for the 86th Annual Academy Awards (aka, the 2014 Oscars)

”Image”I feel a little more confident in my predictions this year than last year, but then again, my Best Picture prediction isn’t shared by a lot of prognosticators for some reason I appear to be missing.

Best Picture
My prediction: American Hustle
My pick: 12 Years a Slave

Best Director
My prediction: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
My pick: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor
My prediction: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
My pick: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Best Actress
My prediction: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
My pick: Amy Adams, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actor
My prediction: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
My pick: Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Best Supporting Actress
My prediction: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
My pick: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Best Original Screenplay
My prediction: American Hustle
My pick: Her

Best Adapted Screenplay
My prediction: 12 Years a Slave
My pick: 12 Years a Slave

Best Animated Feature
My prediction: Frozen
My pick: The Wind Rises

Best Foreign Language Film
My prediction: The Great Beauty
My pick: N/A

Best Documentary (Feature):
My prediction: The Square
My pick: The Act of Killing

Best Production Design
My prediction: American Hustle
My pick: Her

Best Cinematography
My prediction: Gravity
My pick: Gravity

Best Costume Design
My prediction: The Great Gatsby
My pick: 12 Years a Slave

Best Film Editing
My prediction: American Hustle
My pick: 12 Years a Slave

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
My prediction: Dallas Buyers Club
My pick: Dallas Buyers Club

Best Original Score
My prediction: Philomena
My pick: Gravity

Best Original Song
My prediction: ”Let It Go” from Frozen
My pick: “Let It Go” from Frozen

Best Documentary (Short)
My prediction: “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
My pick: N/A

Best Short Film (Animated)
My prediction: “Possessions”
My pick: N/A

Best Short Film (Live Action)
My prediction: “The Voorman Problem”
My pick: N/A

Best Sound Editing
My prediction: Lone Survivor
My pick: Gravity

Best Sound Mixing
My prediction: Gravity
My pick: Gravity

Best Visual Effects
My prediction: Gravity
My pick: Gravity

The 86th Annual Academy Awards airs this Sunday, March 2nd on ABC at 7:00 pm CST.

I will be live-tweeting the show on Twitter at @markreviews

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About Mark Dujsik

Film critic since 2001. Writer/editor/publisher of Mark Reviews Movies, and contributor for RogerEbert.com and Magill's Cinema Annual. Member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society.
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