Oscar predictions in all 24 categories

February 28, 2014

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”

DIRECTOR

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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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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

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

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”

FOREIGN -LAN GUAGE 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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