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Oscar Predictions 2014

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"12 Years a Slave" is benefiting from the most Best Picture buzz as we approach Oscar night, although this is shaping up as one of those rare years when the award for Best Director will probably go to a different film, "Gravity." Look for "12 Years" to net only a trio of statuettes overall, with "Gravity" likely landing seven.

"12 Years a Slave" is the sort of elaborate historical drama the voters just love to recognize, as reflected in such past picks as "The King's Speech," "Gladiator," "Shakespeare in Love," "Titanic," "The English Patient," "Schindler's List," "Driving Miss Daisy," "The Last Emperor," "Amadeus" and "Out of Africa," to name a few. And since the Anglophilic Academy ostensibly is impressed by English accents, it will also help that "12 Years: is a British production.

Besides forecasting the winners, I also suggest which nominees in each category are actually the most deserving. Furthermore, because some great performances are invariably overlooked by the Academy entirely, I also point out some who should've at least been nominated.

The 86th Academy Awards will air live on ABC this Sunday, March 2nd at 7:30 p.m. CT, and will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Best Picture

Will Win: "12 Years a Slave"
Deserves to Win: "12 Years a Slave"
Overlooked: "Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'"

Best Director

Will Win: Alphonso Cuaron ("Gravity")
Deserves to Win: Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave")
Overlooked: Lee Daniels ("Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'" )

Best Actor

Will Win: Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club")
Deserves to Win: Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave")
Overlooked: Forest Whitaker ("Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'")

Best Actress

Will Win: Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine")
Deserves to Win: Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine")
Overlooked: Sharni Vinson ("You're Next")

Best Supporting Actor

Will Win: Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club")
Deserves to Win: Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club")
Overlooked: Harrison Ford ("42")

Best Supporting Actress

Will Win: Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave")
Deserves to Win: Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave")
Overlooked: Maria Bello ("Prisoners")

Best Original Screenplay:

Will Win: Spike Jonze ("Her")
Deserves to Win: David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer ("American Hustle")
Overlooked: Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners")

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Will Win: John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave")
Deserves to Win: John Ridley ("12 Years a Slave")
Overlooked: Danny Strong ("Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'")

Predictions for Secondary Categories

Animated Feature: "Frozen"
Foreign Language Film: "The Great Beauty" (Italy)
Documentary Feature: "20 Feet from Stardom"
Cinematography: "Gravity"
Costume Design: "The Great Gatsby"
Production Design: "The Great Gatsby"
Film Editing: "Gravity"
Makeup and Hairstyling: "Dallas Buyers Club"
Original Score: "Gravity"
Best Song: "Let It Go" ("Frozen")
Sound Editing: "Gravity"
Sound Mixing: "Gravity"
Visual Effects: "Gravity"