My 86th Annual Academy Awards predictions *updated with winners*

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March 2, 2014 by Hope W.

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Before the Oscars air in a few hours, let me take a shot at betting on the Oscar winners. Whomever I choose is not necessarily who I think should win; it’s just who I think will win, based on all the awards blogs and analyses I have read.

(I just want to put it on record, to see if I get everything correct tomorrow morning. For the more technical categories and the best documentary, best short films etc., I would abstain if it were a real ballot, since I know next to nothing about them; but since this is just for hypothetical betting purposes, I shall try my luck.)

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Nominees:
American Hustle (2013)
Captain Phillips (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
Gravity (2013)
Her (2013)
Nebraska (2013)
Philomena (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013) — Winner
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Nominees:
Christian Bale for American Hustle (2013)
Bruce Dern for Nebraska (2013)
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) — Winner

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Nominees:
Amy Adams for American Hustle (2013)
Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine (2013) — Winner
Sandra Bullock for Gravity (2013)
Judi Dench for Philomena (2013)
Meryl Streep for August: Osage County (2013)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips (2013)
Bradley Cooper for American Hustle (2013)
Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013) — Winner

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominees:
Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine (2013)
Julia Roberts for August: Osage County (2013)
Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave (2013) — Winner
Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle (2013)
June Squibb for Nebraska (2013)

Best Achievement in Directing
Nominees:
Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013) — Winner
Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave (2013)
David O. Russell for American Hustle (2013)
Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
Alexander Payne for Nebraska (2013)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Nominees:
American Hustle (2013): Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine (2013): Woody Allen
Her (2013): Spike Jonze — Winner
Nebraska (2013): Bob Nelson
Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Nominees:
Before Midnight (2013): Richard Linklater
Captain Phillips (2013): Billy Ray
12 Years a Slave (2013): John Ridley — Winner
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013): Terence Winter
Philomena (2013): Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Nominees:
The Croods (2013)
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Ernest & Celestine (2012)
Frozen (2013) — Winner
The Wind Rises (2013)

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Nominees:
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012): Felix Van Groeningen (Belgium)
The Missing Picture (2013): Rithy Panh (Cambodia)
The Hunt (2012): Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)
The Great Beauty (2013): Paolo Sorrentino (Italy) — Winner
Omar (2013): Hany Abu-Assad (Palestine)

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Nominees:
Gravity (2013): Emmanuel Lubezki — Winner
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013): Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska (2013): Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners (2013): Roger Deakins
The Grandmaster (2013): Philippe Le Sourd

Best Achievement in Editing
Nominees:
12 Years a Slave (2013): Joe Walker
American Hustle (2013): Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
Gravity (2013): Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger — Winner
Captain Phillips (2013): Christopher Rouse
Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Martin Pensa, John Mac McMurphy

Best Achievement in Production Design
Nominees:
12 Years a Slave (2013): Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker
American Hustle (2013): Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
Gravity (2013): Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woollard
The Great Gatsby (2013): Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn — Winner
Her (2013): K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Nominees:
American Hustle (2013): Michael Wilkinson
The Great Gatsby (2013): Catherine Martin — Winner
12 Years a Slave (2013): Patricia Norris
The Grandmaster (2013): William Chang
The Invisible Woman (2013): Michael O’Connor

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Nominees:
Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews — Winner
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013): Steve Prouty
The Lone Ranger (2013): Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua Casny

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Nominees:
The Book Thief (2013): John Williams
Gravity (2013): Steven Price — Winner
Her (2013): William Butler, Andy Koyama
Saving Mr. Banks (2013): Thomas Newman
Philomena (2013): Alexandre Desplat

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Nominees:
Despicable Me 2 (2013): Pharrell Williams (“Happy”)
Frozen (2013): Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez (“Let It Go”) — Winner
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013): Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton (“Ordinary Love”)
Her (2013): Karen O (“The Moon Song”)

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Nominees:
Gravity (2013): Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro — Winner
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013): Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson
Captain Phillips (2013): Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013): Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland
Lone Survivor (2013): Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Nominees:
All Is Lost (2013): Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns
Captain Phillips (2013): Oliver Tarney
Gravity (2013): Glenn Freemantle — Winner
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013): Brent Burge
Lone Survivor (2013): Wylie Stateman

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Nominees:
Gravity (2013): Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould — Winner
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013): Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds
Iron Man 3 (2013): Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, Daniel Sudick
The Lone Ranger (2013): Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier
Star Trek Into Darkness (2013): Roger Guyett, Pat Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton

Best Documentary, Feature
Nominees:
The Act of Killing (2012): Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Cutie and the Boxer (2013): Zachary Heinzerling, Lydia Dean Pilcher
Dirty Wars (2013): Rick Rowley, Jeremy Scahill
The Square (2013): Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer
20 Feet from Stardom (2013): Morgan Neville — Winner

Best Documentary, Short Subject
Nominees:
Cavedigger (2013): Jeffrey Karoff
Facing Fear (2013): Jason Cohen
Karama Has No Walls (2012): Sara Ishaq
The Lady In Number 6 (2013): Malcolm Clarke, Carl Freed — Winner
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (2013): Edgar Barens

Best Short Film, Animated
Nominees:
Feral (2012): Daniel Sousa, Dan Golden
Get a Horse! (2013): Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim
Mr Hublot (2013): Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares — Winner
Possessions (2012): Shuhei Morita
Room on the Broom (2012) (TV): Max Lang, Jan Lachauer

Best Short Film, Live Action
Nominees:
That Wasn’t Me (2012): Esteban Crespo
Just Before Losing Everything (2013): Xavier Legrand
Helium (2014): Anders Walter — Winner
Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (2012): Selma Vilhunen
The Voorman Problem (2012): Mark Gill

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