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2014 Oscar picks (Part 4)

The Academy Awards in preparation for Next Sunday's 86th Annual Oscars ceremony 7e/4p.
The Academy Awards in preparation for Next Sunday's 86th Annual Oscars ceremony 7e/4p.
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Last year’s theme focused on the influence of song in films with memorable performances and controversy using it to cut-off winners in the speech acceptance segment. This upcoming broadcast will focus on superheroes of the big screen but as well as every day heroes in real life.

Will Ellen DeGeneres be able to use her ability of laughter and crowd participation to get the viewers to tune into the award ceremony and not get such scathing reviews the day after hosting?

Click here to see the nominees and predictions in the field of Music (Original Song/Score), Sound (Editing/Mixing), Visual Effects and Film Editing: Oscar Predictions (Part 3).

Prior Oscar nominees and predictions included Makeup & Hairstyling, Costume, Production Direction and Cinematography: Oscar Predictions (Part 2). Nominees and predictions can be found here.

The first of five article series covered Short Film (Animated / Live Action) and Short Documentary (Short Subject / Feature).

Check back to see other nominees, predictions and analysis of the contenders in the article and slideshow.

Details of the category, film and the trailers are provided by the Academy and Examiner.com.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“Before Midnight”: Synopsis & Trailer

“Captain Phillips”: Synopsis & Trailer

“Philomena”: Synopsis & Trailer

“12 Years a Slave”: Synopsis & Trailer , Review

“The Wolf of Wall Street”: Synopsis & Trailer

Writing Original Screenplay

“American Hustle”: Synopsis & Trailer

“Blue Jasmine”: Synopsis & Trailer , Review

“Dallas Buyers Club”: Synopsis & Trailer

“Her”: Synopsis & Trailer , Review

“Nebraska”: Synopsis & Trailer , Review

Foreign Film

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” – Belgium – Synopsis & Trailer

“The Great Beauty” – Italy – Synopsis & Trailer

“The Hunt” – Denmark – Synopsis & Trailer

“The Missing Picture” – Cambodia – Synopsis & Trailer

“Omar” – Palestine – Synopsis & Trailer

Animated Feature Film

“The Croods”: Synopsis & Trailer

“Despicable Me 2”: Synopsis & Trailer

“Ernest & Celestine”: Synopsis & Trailer

“Frozen”: Synopsis & Trailer

“The Wind Rises”: Synopsis & Trailer

The final event is winding down with the final six categories: Actress (Supporting/Leading) , Actors (Supporting/Leading), Directing and Picture.