Oscar predictions: Who will win and who should

February 28

Need some last-minute help in your Oscars pool? The Post’s film critics make their predictions — and pick who they think should win. (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. on ABC)

"12 Years a Slave" (AP /Fox Searchlight Films, Jaap Buitendijk)
“12 Years a Slave” (AP /Fox Searchlight Films, Jaap Buitendijk)

BEST PICTURE

“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Ann Hornaday, chief film critic:

WILL WIN: “12 Years a Slave”

SHOULD WIN: “12 Years a Slave”

Michael O’Sullivan, film critic:

WILL WIN: “12 Years a Slave”

SHOULD WIN: “Nebraska”

Stephanie Merry, film critic:

WILL WIN: “12 Years a Slave”

SHOULD WIN: “12 Years a Slave”

"Gravity" (Warner Bros. Pictures)
“Gravity” (Warner Bros. Pictures)

DIRECTOR

Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Ann Hornaday:

WILL WIN: Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

SHOULD WIN: Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

Michael O’Sullivan:

WILL WIN: Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

SHOULD WIN: Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”

Stephanie Merry:

WILL WIN: Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

SHOULD WIN: Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club." (AP/Focus Features, Anne Marie Fox)
Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club.” (AP/Focus Features, Anne Marie Fox)

ACTOR

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Ann Hornaday:

WILL WIN: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

SHOULD WIN: Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”

Michael O’Sullivan:

WILL WIN: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

SHOULD WIN: Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”

Stephanie Merry:

WILL WIN: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

SHOULD WIN: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”

Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine" (AP/Sony Pictures Classics)
Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine” (AP/Sony Pictures Classics)

ACTRESS

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Ann Hornaday:

WILL WIN: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

SHOULD WIN: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Michael O’Sullivan:

WILL WIN: Judi Dench, “Philomena”

SHOULD WIN: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Stephanie Merry:

WILL WIN: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

SHOULD WIN: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Jared Leto in "Dallas Buyers Club" (AP/Focus Features/Anne Marie Fox)
Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club” (AP/Focus Features/Anne Marie Fox)

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Ann Hornaday:

WILL WIN: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

SHOULD WIN: Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”

Michael O’Sullivan:

WILL WIN: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

SHOULD WIN: Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”

Stephanie Merry:

WILL WIN: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

SHOULD WIN: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Lupita Nyong’o in "12 Years a Slave" (Francois Duhamel)
Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave” (Francois Duhamel)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Ann Hornaday:

WILL WIN: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

SHOULD WIN: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Michael O’Sullivan:

WILL WIN: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

SHOULD WIN: June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Stephanie Merry:

WILL WIN: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

SHOULD WIN: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

"Philomena." (AP/The Weinstein Company, Alex Bailey)
“Philomena.” (AP/The Weinstein Company, Alex Bailey)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“Before Midnight,” Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips,” Billy Ray
“Philomena,” Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave,” John Ridley
“The Wolf of Wall Street,” Terence Winter

Ann Hornaday:

WILL WIN: “Philomena,” Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

SHOULD WIN: ”12 Years a Slave,” John Ridley

Michael O’Sullivan:

WILL WIN: ”12 Years a Slave,” John Ridley

SHOULD WIN: ”12 Years a Slave,” John Ridley

Stephanie Merry:

WILL WIN: ”12 Years a Slave,” John Ridley

SHOULD WIN: “Philomena,” Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

"American Hustle." (AP /Sony - Columbia Pictures, Francois Duhamel)
“American Hustle.” (AP /Sony – Columbia Pictures, Francois Duhamel)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“American Hustle,” Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine,” Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club,” Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack
“Her,” Spike Jonze; “Nebraska,” Bob Nelson

Ann Hornaday:

WILL WIN: American Hustle,” Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

SHOULD WIN: “Her,” Spike Jonze

Michael O’Sullivan:

WILL WIN: “Her,” Spike Jonze

SHOULD WIN: “American Hustle,” Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

Stephanie Merry:

WILL WIN: American Hustle,” Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

SHOULD WIN: “Her,” Spike Jonze

A scene from the documentary "The Act of Killing." Photo credit by Anonymous. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films.
A scene from the documentary “The Act of Killing.” Photo credit by Anonymous. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“The Act of Killing”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Dirty Wars”
“The Square”
“20 Feet From Stardom”

Ann Hornaday:

WILL WIN: “The Act of Killing”

SHOULD WIN: “The Act of Killing”

Michael O’Sullivan:

WILL WIN: ”The Square”

SHOULD WIN: ”The Square”

Stephanie Merry:

WILL WIN: “The Act of Killing”

SHOULD WIN: ”20 Feet From Stardom”

"The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters)
“The Broken Circle Breakdown” (Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“The Broken Circle Breakdown”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Missing Picture”
“Omar”

Ann Hornaday:

WILL WIN: “The Great Beauty”

SHOULD WIN: ”The Hunt”

Michael O’Sullivan:

WILL WIN: ”The Broken Circle Breakdown”

SHOULD WIN: ”The Broken Circle Breakdown”

Stephanie Merry:

WILL WIN: ”The Great Beauty”

SHOULD WIN: ”The Broken Circle Breakdown”

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“The Grandmaster,” Philippe Le Sourd
“Gravity,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Inside Llewyn Davis,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska,” Phedon Papamichael
“Prisoners,” Roger A. Deakins

COSTUME DESIGN

“American Hustle,” Michael Wilkinson
“The Grandmaster,” William Chang Suk Ping
“The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin
“The Invisible Woman,” Michael O’Connor
“12 Years a Slave,” Patricia Norris

ANIMATED FEATURE

“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“Frozen”
“The Wind Rises”

EDITING

“American Hustle,” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips,” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club,” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity,” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave,” Joe Walker

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

“Dallas Buyers Club,” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger,” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

ORIGINAL SONG

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2” music and lyrics by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen,” music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her,” music by Karen O; lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, lyrics by Paul Hewson

ORIGINAL SCORE

“The Book Thief,” John Williams
“Gravity,” Stephen Price
“Her,” William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena,” Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks,” Thomas Newman

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“American Hustle,” production design: Judy Becker; set decoration: Heather Loeffler
“Gravity,” production design: Andy Nicholson; set decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
“The Great Gatsby,” production design: Catherine Martin; set decoration: Beverley Dunn
“Her,” production design: K.K. Barrett; set decoration: Gene Serdena
“12 Years a Slave,” production design: Adam Stockhausen; set decoration: Alice Baker.

SOUND EDITING

“All Is Lost,” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips,” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity,” Glenn Freemantle
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Brent Burge and Chris Ward
“Lone Survivor,” Wylie Stateman

SOUND MIXING

“Captain Phillips,” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity,” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis,” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor,” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

VISUAL EFFECTS

“Gravity,” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk and Neil Corbould
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3,” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger,” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness,” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Feral”
“Get a Horse!”
“Mr. Hublot”
“Possessions”
“Room on the Broom”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

“CaveDigger”
“Facing Fear”
“Karama Has No Walls”
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

“Aquel No Era Yo” (“That Wasn’t Me”)
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre” (“Just Before Losing Everything”)
“Helium”
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?” (“Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?”)
“The Voorman Problem”

More on the Academy Awards:

Why ‘Philomena’ should win the Best Picture Oscar

Why ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ should win the Best Picture Oscar

Why ‘12 Years a Slave’ should win the Best Picture Oscar

Why ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ should win the Best Picture Oscar

Why ‘American Hustle’ should win the Best Picture Oscar

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