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Gazette Premium Content Oscar predictions in all 24 categories

By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times Updated: March 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Oscar ballots were due at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Here are my predictions for all 24 categories in this year’s Academy Awards, which will be handed out Sunday night.

And now ... the envelopes, please.

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

"Aquel No Era Yo" (That Wasn't Me); "Avant Que De Tout Perdre" (Just Before Losing Everything); "Helium"; "Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?" (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?); "The Voorman Problem"

And the winner is: "The Voorman Problem." It's the only one without subtitles. And it has Martin Freeman. You don't know have to be Sherlock to guess the winner.

THE OSCARS

The 86th Academy Awards air at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on ABC

SUPPORTING ACTOR

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

And the winner is: Leto. He and McConaughey will become the fourth pair of male actors from the same film to win lead and supporting Oscars.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

And the winner is: Nyong'o. She's deserving, and many will feel it's a bit soon to reward Lawrence again.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

"Before Midnight," Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke; "Captain Phillips," Billy Ray; "Philomena," Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope; "12 Years a Slave," John Ridley; "The Wolf of Wall Street," Terence Winter

And the winner is: "12 Years a Slave." A landing spot for academy members not voting for "Slave" for best picture or director.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

"American Hustle," Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; "Blue Jasmine," Woody Allen; "Dallas Buyers Club," Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack; "Her," Spike Jonze; "Nebraska," Bob Nelson

And the winner is: "American Hustle" probably won't win many Oscars, but academy members will want to acknowledge it somewhere. This is the likeliest place, though it faces a tough challenge from "Her." But it seems counterintuitive to believe that voters loved "Hustle" enough to reward it with the most nominations (along with "Gravity") and then shut it out completely.

 

ANIMATED FEATURE

"The Croods"; "Despicable Me 2"; "Ernest & Celestine"; "Frozen"; "The Wind Rises"

And the winner is: "Frozen." The commercial juggernaut gives Disney its first win for animated feature.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

"The Grandmaster," Philippe Le Sourd; "Gravity," Emmanuel Lubezki; "Inside Llewyn Davis," Bruno Delbonnel; "Nebraska," Phedon Papamichael; "Prisoners," Roger A. Deakins

And the winner is: "Gravity." Cinephiles rejoice! Lubezki finally prevails for the kind of computer-generated spectacle that angers purists in this category.

COSTUME DESIGN

"American Hustle," Michael Wilkinson; "The Grandmaster," William Chang Suk Ping; "The Great Gatsby," Catherine Martin; "The Invisible Woman," Michael O'Connor; "12 Years a Slave," Patricia Norris

And the winner is: "Gatsby." Flash and fabric always rule.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

"The Act of Killing," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Dirty Wars," "The Square," "20 Feet From Stardom"

And the winner is: "20 Feet From Stardom." The acclaimed "Killing" could eke out a victory, but we lean toward the crowd pleaser.

EDITING

"American Hustle," Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten; "Captain Phillips," Christopher Rouse; "Dallas Buyers Club," John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa; "Gravity," Alfonso Cuar? and Mark Sanger; "12 Years a Slave," Joe Walker

And the winner is: "Gravity." Rouse gave "Phillips" a gripping urgency, but "Gravity" is likely to sweep below-the-line categories.

FOREIGN- LANGUAGE FILM

"The Broken Circle Breakdown," "The Great Beauty," "The Hunt," "The Missing Picture," "Omar"

And the winner is: "The Great Beauty." Its Golden Globe win raised its profile; comparisons to Fellini hooked academy cineastes.

ORIGINAL SONG

"Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," music and lyrics by Pharrell Williams; "Let It Go" from "Frozen," music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez; "The Moon Song" from "Her," music by Karen O, lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze; "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, lyrics by Paul Hewson

And the winner is: "Let It Go." Because there isn't a singalong version of "Mandela," is there?

- MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING: "Dallas Buyers Club," "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," "The Lone Ranger" WINNER: "Dallas Buyers Club" - ORIGINAL SONG: "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," "Let It Go" from "Frozen," "The Moon Song" from "Her," "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" WINNER: "Let It Go" - ORIGINAL SCORE: "The Book Thief," "Gravity," "Her," "Philomena," "Saving Mr. Banks" WINNER: "Gravity" - PRODUCTION DESIGN: "American Hustle," "Gravity," "The Great Gatsby," "Her," "12 Years a Slave" WINNER: "The Great Gatsby" - SOUND EDITING: "All Is Lost," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Lone Survivor" WINNER: "Gravity" - SOUND MIXING: "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lone Survivor" WINNER: "Gravity" - VISUAL EFFECTS: "Gravity," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Iron Man 3," "The Lone Ranger," "Star Trek Into Darkness;" WINNER: "Gravity" - ANIMATED SHORT FILM: "Feral," "Get a Horse!," "Mr. Hublot," "Possessions," "Room on the Broom" WINNER: "Get a Horse!" - DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM: "CaveDigger," "Facing Fear," "Karama Has No Walls," "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," "Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall" WINNER: "The Lady in Number 6" - LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM: "Aquel No Era Yo" (That Wasn't Me); "Avant Que De Tout Perdre" (Just Before Losing Everything); "Helium"; "Pit?k?Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?" ("Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?"); "The Voorman Problem" WINNER: "The Voorman Problem"

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