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My 2013-2014 Oscar Predicitons – Part 5: The Results

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And so we have another batch of Oscar winners added to the list.  I would comment on Ellen as host, but honestly I missed her opening monologue as we got home from dinner late.  But from what I saw she seemed to be pretty comfortable, sometimes a little shaky though.

So last year I only had a 54% prediction rate.  How well-tuned was my ESP skills this year?

BEST PICTURE:

Winner: 12 Years a Slave

My Pick: 12 Years a Slave

Gravity could have been the dark horse here, but I think that this had too much power going into tonight to lose.


DIRECTING:

Winner: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity

My Pick: Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave

I am surprised but pleased.  I find it really weird that they did a split two years in a row, and I didn’t predict either after making a split prediction almost every other time I’ve done these predictions.

Gravity really cleaned up tonight.


ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:

Winner:  Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyer’s Club

My Pick: Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyer’s Club

Yeah, he had this one wrapped up.  And he nailed the speech.


ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

Winner: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

My Pick: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

Her Oscar has been a long time coming, and this was pretty clearly going to be hers.


ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

Winner: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyer’s Club

My Pick: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyer’s Club

I can’t believe Jared Leto has an Oscar…


ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:

Winner:  Lupita N’yongo

My Pick: Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle

Yeah, she certainly had the momentum, and I should have been able to predict this.   But I just had a gut feeling Lawrence was winning again.



ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Winner: Her

My Pick: Her

Well, it wasn’t gonna be Woody Allen!


ADAPTED  SCREENPLAY:

Winner: 12 Years a Slave

My Pick: 12 Years a Slave

Man, that guy was intense!


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:

Winner: The Great Beauty

My Pick: The Hunt

I really thought The Hunt was winning, but that’s mostly because its the only one of these nominations I really heard anything about.


ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:

Winner: Frozen

My Pick: Frozen

This was a very popular movie, I’m really not surprised at all.


PRODUCTION DESIGN:

Winner: The Great Gatsby

My Pick: Gravity

Gatsby? Really?  Hmm, weird.


CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Winner: Gravity

My Pick: Gravity

Lubeski’s first win, and well-deserved.  He should have won for Tree of Life 2 years ago as well.

COSTUME DESIGN:

Winner: The Great Gatsby

My Pick: 12 Years a Slave

I am genuinely surprised.

FILM EDITING:

Winner: Gravity

My Pick: 12 Years a Slave

I am surprised, but pleased.  I love this film.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

Winner: 20 Feet from Stardom

My Pick: The Act of Killing

Showing the lack of guts the voters still suffer from.  I suppose I should have seen that this idea of trying to be famous would appeal more to them.

MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING:

Winner: Dallas Buyer’s Club

My Pick: Dallas Buyer’s Club

Another point for me!

ORIGINAL SCORE:

Winner: Gravity

My Pick: Gravity

I really, really wanted Gravity to win this, and thankfully it did.

ORIGINAL SONG:

Winner: Let It Go – Frozen

My Pick: Ordinary Love – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

In hindsight I should have seen this coming, but I guess it just seemed like too generic of a pop song to me.  Oh well.  Good acceptance speech though.

SOUND MIXING:

Winner:  Gravity

My Pick: Gravity

Yeah!

SOUND EDITING:

Winner: Gravity

My Pick: Gravity

Woohoo!

VISUAL EFFECTS:

Winner: Gravity

My Pick: Gravity

I was gonna riot if this didn’t win.

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:

Winner: The Lady in Number 6

My Pick: Facing Fear

I underestimated the Academy’s bias towards Holocaust films, still going strong after all these years.

ANIMATED SHORT FILM:

Winner: Mr. Hublot

My Pick: Mr. Hublot

Looks interesting.

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM:

Winner:Helium

My Pick: Just Before Losing Everything

I heard too late that this was the favourite.  Oh well.

MY SCORE: 14/24 = 58%

There were some easy ones I should have gotten, like best song and supporting actress.  Oh well, still did better than last year.

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