INTRO: My favorite day of the year is finally here. Like last year I am still waiting for the Academy to wise up and bring the number of Best Picture nominees down to five but I guess having more just gives me more films to watch and there is nothing wrong with that. Like I have every year since 2005, I have managed to see every film nominated for Best Picture and from there attempted to watch as many other nominated films as I can. Doing so was harder this year because I was deployed and since my return from deployment I have been out in the field a lot. Luckily I will not have that problem next year as I transition out of the Marine Corps and into civilian life (YAY!). Anyways, this year the acting categories are all pretty tied up but this has probably been the closest showdown for Best Picture in all of the years I have been paying attention to the Oscars. It is basically a three way tie between Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle. Best Original Screenplay is also a toss up between Her and American Hustle. But regardless of how close these nominations are, I have done my best to watch as many films as possible and predict the winners. This year I am in a competition with my friend James Wogan and it will be interesting to see who is taking who to the movies this year. But after going 21 of 24 last year, I am confident that James will be taking me to the movies! I hope you all have some free time to watch the show tonight (although they need to bring back Hugh Jackman as host!) and here are my predictions!

Side Note: If I haven’t seen most or all of the nominees in a category, they will be marked with “N/A”

BEST PICTURE

What will win: 12 Years a Slave

What should win: 12 Years a Slave

BEST DIRECTOR

Who will win: Alfonso Cuaron

Who should win: Alfonso Cuaron

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

What will win: Her

What should win: Her

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

What will win: 12 Years a Slave

What should win: 12 Years a Slave

BEST ACTOR

Who will win: Matthew McConaughey

Who should win: Chiwetel Ejiofor

BEST ACTRESS

Who will win: Cate Blanchett

Who should win: Cate Blanchett

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Who will win: Jared Leto

Who should win: Michael Fassbender

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Who will win: Lupita Nyong’O

Who should win: Lupita Nyong’O

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

What will win: Frozen

What should win: Frozen

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

What will win: The Great Gatsby

What should win: The Great Gatsby

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

What will win: Gravity

What should win: Gravity

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

What will win: The Great Gatsby

What should win: The Great Gatsby

BEST DOCUMENTARY

What will win: The Act of Killing

What should win: N/A

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

What will win: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

What should win: N/A

BEST FILM EDITING

What will win: Gravity

What should win: Gravity

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

What will win: The Great Beauty

What should win: N/A

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIR STYLING

What will win: Dallas Buyers Club

What should win: Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

What will win: Gravity

What should win: Gravity

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

What will win: Let it Go from Frozen

What should win: The Moon Song from Her

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

What will win: Get a Horse!

What should win: N/A

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

What will win: The Voorman Problem

What should win: N/A

BEST SOUND EDITING

What will win: Gravity

What should win: Gravity

BEST SOUND MIXING

What will win: Gravity

What should win: Gravity

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

What will win: Gravity

What should win: Gravity

CLOSING: Thanks for reading everyone. I hope you all have fun watching the Oscars. Feel free to make your own predictions and comment on here to say what or who you think should or will win certain Oscars. James and my predictions are the same except for in three categories so it will come down to those three to see who the winner is! Until next year, keep watching movies and I will see you at the cineplex 🙂

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