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Oscar night predictions and expectations

The biggest night for the movies airs tonight on ABC
The biggest night for the movies airs tonight on ABC

Tonight is the big night. The Oscars. Ellen DeGeneres hosts this year’s Oscars and it’s lined up to be a good show.

There is a healthy mix of actors and actresses nominated this year. A lot of returning winners and also a lot of new nominees. It’s going to be entertaining and excited to watch as most of the categories are not so clear on the winners. In the past, usually who won the Golden Globe would win the Oscar, but this year, it’s really up in the air.

Now for the predictions and expectations.

On the animated side, it’s safe to say anything Frozen is nominated for is going to win. It’s only nominated for two awards (Best Animated Film and Best Original Song), but considering the success of the movie, it should win. Also as a bonus, Idina Menzel (the voice of Elsa in Frozen) is going to be performing “Let it Go”, which is something you are going to want to stay tuned to see.

For the acting awards, Matthew McConaughey is the favorite to win for Dallas Buyer’s Club, but Chiwetel Ejiofor could give him a run for his money from his heartbreaking portrayal in 12 Years a Slave and Leonardo DiCaprio could make some noise as he also won a Golden Globe for his role in The Wolf on Wall Street.

For the best actress, Amy Adams and Cate Blanchett both won at the Golden Globes for American Hustle and Blue Jasmine respectively. For this award it could go to either one or dark horse nominee Sandra Bullock can surprise them all and take the award for Gravity.

Perhaps the only award that seems to be a consensus is the Best Supporting Actor award. Ask any critic and they all believe that the award should go to Jared Leto for Dallas Buyer’s Club. If you’ve seen the movie, you know why.

The Best Supporting Actress showed Jennifer Lawrence’s role in American Hustle as an early favorite, but Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave has quickly started gaining ground for the award. If Lawrence wins she will be a part of history winning back to back awards (she won last year for her role in Silver Linings Playbook). She would be the first woman to do this since Katherine Hepburn did it in 1968; the first person to do it since Tom Hanks in 1993 (Forest Gump) and 1994 (Philadelphia); and the youngest to win two beating Jodie Foster who was 26 (The Accused) and 29 (The Silence of the Lambs) when she won her two.

The Best Director award has Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity as the early favorite. David O. Russell for American Hustle and Paul Greengrass for 12 Years a Slave may give him a run for his money, but Cuaron should come away with this award.

For the biggest award of the night, Best Movie, there really isn’t a clear favorite. Gravity was when the movie came out, but Dallas Buyer’s Club has gotten a lot of attention lately, and The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle have also been favorited because of the success of the movies and proven directors. Right now, Gravity might have the edge just but this could all change come tonight.

For the complete list of nominations, you can go here.

The Oscars are set to start at 9pm on ABC.

Who do you want to win at tonight’s awards?

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