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Oscars 2014 Predictions: Who should win and who will win

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It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the annual Academy Awards in which the best movies from 2013 will be on display. So who will win and join Hartfordian, Katharine Hepburn as an Oscar winner? Watch the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm EST on ABC and find out.

Best picture
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
"Captain Phillips"
"American Hustle"
"Dallas Buyers Club"

Will win: For the first time in years, it’s a toss up. "12 Years a Slave", "Gravity", or "American Hustle" could easily take it. Even some of the other nominations wouldn’t be that surprising of a win. I think it depends on who takes home the best director prize. If Cuaron wins then I think “12 Years a Slave” will walk home with best picture. Therefore, for the Oscar pools at home, I’d go with “12 Years a Slave”.

Should win: “12 Years a Slave”

Best director
Steve McQueen -- "12 Years a Slave"
David O. Russell -- "American Hustle"
Alfonso Cuaron -- "Gravity"
Alexander Payne -- "Nebraska"
Martin Scorsese -- "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Will win: Alfonso Cuaron -- "Gravity"

Should win: Alfonso Cuaron -- "Gravity"

Best actor
Bruce Dern -- "Nebraska"
Chiwetel Ejiofor -- "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey -- "Dallas Buyers Club"
Leonardo DiCaprio -- "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Christian Bale -- "American Hustle"

Will win: Another toss up in the best actor category with Christian Bale as the only person I’d suspect has no chance on taking home a trophy. The fans at home love DiCaprio but McConaughey has been getting a lot of traction lately. I’m rooting for Leo or Chiwetel but I think Matthew McConaughey will win this one.

Should win: Chiwetel Ejiofor -- "12 Years a Slave" or Leonardo DiCaprio -- "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best actress
Amy Adams -- "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett -- "Blue Jasmine"
Judi Dench -- "Philomena"
Sandra Bullock -- "Gravity"
Meryl Streep -- "August: Osage County"

Will win: Sandra Bullock had a lot of buzz a few months ago but all the buzz quietly disappeared. Now it has shifted over to Cate Blanchett for her role in Woody Allen’s "Blue Jasmine". Unless the family drama surrounding Allen ruins her chances, Blanchett’s taking it.

Should win: Cate Blanchett -- "Blue Jasmine"

Best supporting actor
Barkhad Abdi -- "Captain Phillips"
Bradley Cooper -- "American Hustle"
Jonah Hill -- "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Jared Leto -- "Dallas Buyers Club"
Michael Fassbender -- "12 Years a Slave"

Will win: Jared Leto -- "Dallas Buyers Club"

Should win: Jared Leto -- "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best supporting actress
Jennifer Lawrence -- "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o -- "12 Years a Slave"
June Squibb -- "Nebraska"
Julia Roberts -- "August: Osage County"
Sally Hawkins -- "Blue Jasmine"

Will win: Yet another tight race in this category with Lupita Nyong'o and Jennifer Lawrence almost neck and neck for the best supporting actress category. Lawrence was the best thing about “American Hustle” (and usually the best thing about any movie she’s in) but I think Nyong'o will win the Oscar for her just as amazing performance in “12 Years a Slave.”

Should win: Lupita Nyong'o -- "12 Years a Slave" or Jennifer Lawrence -- "American Hustle"

Best animated feature
"The Wind Rises"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest & Celestine"
"The Croods"

Will win: If you’ve been on the planet the last few months you’ve heard about “Frozen” and Idina Menzel’s nominated song from the film. “Frozen’s” going to win this, no question.

Should win: "Frozen"


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