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Oscars 2014: Our Winner Predictions

Mar 1 2014 - 12:00pm

The countdown to the Oscars is on, so before this Sunday, we're making our final predictions for the biggest show of them all. The nominees have been racking up different awards [1] all season long, so we're taking that into consideration, along with good old-fashioned gut feeling. Here's who we think will be taking home Academy Awards this year; if you've got your own picks, share them on our Oscar ballot [2]!

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey

McConaughey seemed to have some stiff competition when this whole race started, but over the past few months we've been living in a "McConaissance." McConaughey has taken home the Golden Globe, the SAG, and the Critics' Choice Award for his role as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, and we'd wager good money that he has the Oscar in the bag too.

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett [3] has been another award season champion, bringing in every major award for her role in Blue Jasmine. No one has been able to touch her, and we think Blanchett will go home with her second Oscar for her portrayal of an alcoholic woman on the verge of a breakdown.

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto

Jared Leto [4] is yet another award season juggernaut, and not only are the odds in his favor, but he's so deserving of this honor. His gentle portrayal of a cross-dressing AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club is a touching and transformative performance, and one that must be recognized.

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

This category comes down to two great, young actresses: American Hustle's Jennifer Lawrence [5] and 12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o, who have each been winning this category at other award shows this season. However, we think the Academy's love of three-time nominee (and last year's winner) Lawrence will result in her victory at the Oscars.

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave may not have swept the previous award shows for this honor, but it has nailed down the important ones, like the Golden Globe for best drama and the Critics' Choice Award. We think this has a great shot at taking at home the all-important best picture Oscar, and for what it's worth, we really hope it does too — it's intense, important, and memorable.

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Gravity is a visual and technical feat, and Alfonso Cuarón looks to be the frontrunner for this category. He snagged the statues for best director at the Golden Globes, the Critics' Choice, and the BAFTAs, and we think he'll also be going home with his first Oscar.

Best Original Screenplay: Her

Writer-director Spike Jonze's tale about a man who falls for his OS in the near future could have been a novelty — or worse, a joke — but Jonze's screenplay is so well-written and lovely that it deserves to go home with the gold. It also has a good shot at it, having already won the Golden Globe and Critics' Choice awards.

Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave

We're betting that not only will 12 Years a Slave win best picture this year, it'll also take home the Oscar for best adapted screenplay. The story of Solomon Northup is a well-told one that brought the autobiography to life.

Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen

The world has Frozen fever, and we think the Oscar is just going to be one more notch in this Disney hit's belt. It's already won at the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice, so sorry, other nominated animated films, you just have to let this one go.

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