Mitchell's predictions for Oscar winners
News-Gazette reporter Tim Mitchell's Oscar predictions:
BEST PICTURE: "12 Years a Slave"
It is anticipated that "12 Years," "Gravity" and "American Hustle" will split the vast majority of votes. Since the academy uses a complicated preferential voting system for this category, it is likely the winner will be the movie that is named as most voters' second-favorite choice.
Here's a hunch that victories for "12 Years a Slave" at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice, Producers Guild and BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) foretell a win for this movie.
BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuaron
Cuaron finds himself on the ballot several times tonight, having been nominated for producing, directing and editing the space film "Gravity."
If Cuaron is able to win all three races tonight, he would be the first do to so since James Cameron won the same three categories for "Titanic."
BEST ACTOR: Matthew McConaughey
Leonardo DiCaprio figures to present McConaughey's biggest challenge for his performance in "The Wolf of Wall Street," but the "Dallas Buyers Club" star figures to win this race by a large margin.
BEST ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett
Blanchett has been the front runner during most of the awards season for her performance in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." While the other four nominees were terrific, an upset just isn't likely.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jared Leto
Whether Leto is or is not dating Miley Cyrus, as some gossip mags and websites were claiming in recent weeks, one thing is certain: He appears to have the most Oscar votes for his performance as an HIV-positive transsexual in "Dallas Buyers Club."
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lupita Nyongo
The closest acting race will probably be this category, which pits Nyongo of "12 Years a Slave" against Jennifer Lawrence from "American Hustle." Since Lawrence won the best actress race a year ago for "Silver Linings Playbook," here's a hunch the voters will opt to spread the wealth.