Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and my predictions did quite well. I correctly predicted 87 out of 122 Oscar nominees. In head-to-head combat, I predicted more nominations correctly than representatives of Rotten Tomatoes, the Associated Press, RogerEbert.com, IMDB (by 12 picks!), the Huffington Post, Access Hollywood, and Entertainment Weekly. I also finished ahead of Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, Brad Brevet of Rope of Silicon, and Claudia Puig of USA Today (again 12 picks here!). There were some big surprises, as there always are, but here’s a list of the nominees. My picks are in bold where correct, and crossed out when wrong, replaced by the correct nomination.

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Best Picture 

  1. 12 Years a Slave*
  2. Gravity*
  3. Her*
  4. American Hustle*
  5. Captain Phillips*
  6. Nebraska*
  7. The Wolf of Wall Street
  8. Dallas Buyers Club
  9. Philomena

Note: With only 9 Nominees this year, my 10th pick, Inside Llewyn Davis, was not nominated.

List of my Best Picture favorites can be found here, with nomination listing.

Best Actor

  1. Chiwetel Ejiofor* (12 Years a Slave)
  2. Matthew McConaughey* (Dallas Buyers Club)
  3. Bruce Dern* (Nebraska)
  4. Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  5. Robert Redford (All is Lost)  Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Best Actress

  1. Cate Blanchett* (Blue Jasmine)
  2. Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
  3. Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  4. Judi Dench (Philomena)
  5. Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Jared Leto* (Dallas Buyers Club)
  2. Michael Fassbender* (12 Years a Slave)
  3. Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  4. Daniel Bruhl (Rush) Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  5. James Gandolfini (Enough Said) Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Lupita Nyongo* (12 Years a Slave)
  2. Jennifer Lawrence* (American Hustle)
  3. June Squibb (Nebraska)
  4. Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  5. Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Side note: Gosh, I’m glad Oprah didn’t get nominated, I just wish I hadn’t switched her in for Sally Hawkins at the last minute.

Best Director

  1. Steve McQueen* (12 Years a Slave)
  2. Alfonso Cuaron* (Gravity)
  3. David O. Russell (American Hustle)
  4. Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
  5. Martin Scorcese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Original Screenplay

  1. American Hustle*
  2. Her*
  3. Blue Jasmine*
  4. Inside Llewyn Davis Dallas Buyers Club
  5. Nebraska

Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. 12 Years a Slave*
  2. Captain Phillips*
  3. Before Midnight
  4. The Wolf of Wall Street
  5. Philomena

Best Animated Feature Film

  1. Frozen*
  2. The Wind Rises*
  3. Monsters University Despicable Me 2
  4. The Croods
  5. Ernest and Celestine

Best Documentary Film

  1. Stories We Tell* Dirty Wars
  2. The Act of Killing*
  3. Blackfish Cutie and the Boxer
  4. 20 Feet From Stardom
  5. The Square

Best Foreign Film

  1. The Great Beauty*
  2. The Hunt
  3. The Broken Circle Breakdown
  4. Omar
  5. Two Lives The Missing Picture

Best Cinematography

  1. Gravity*
  2. 12 Years a Slave The Grandmaster
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis
  4. Prisoners
  5. Captain Phillips Nebraska

Best Costume Design

  1. The Great Gatsby*
  2. 12 Years a Slave*
  3. American Hustle
  4. Oz, the Great and Powerful The Invisible Woman
  5. Saving Mr. Banks The Grandmaster

Best Make-up and Hair

  1. American Hustle* Bad Grandpa
  2. The Lone Ranger
  3. Dallas Buyers Club

Best Production Design

  1. The Great Gatsby*
  2. 12 Years a Slave*
  3. Gravity
  4. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug Her
  5. American Hustle

Best Editing

  1. Gravity*
  2. 12 Years a Slave*
  3. American Hustle*
  4. Captain Phillips
  5. The Wolf of Wall Street Dallas Buyers Club

Best Visual Effects

  1. Gravity*
  2. Pacific Rim* The Lone Ranger
  3. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
  4. Iron Man 3
  5. Star Trek: Into Darkness

Best Original Score

  1. Gravity*
  2. 12 Years a Slave* Her
  3. Saving Mr. Banks
  4. The Book Thief
  5. All is Lost Philomena

Best Original Song

  1. “Let it Go” (Frozen)*
  2. “Young and Beautiful” (The Great Gatsby)* “The Moon Song” (Her)
  3. “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
  4. “Atlas” (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) “Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
  5. “I See Fire” (The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug) “Alone, Yet Not Alone” (Alone, Yet Not Alone)

Best Sound Editing

  1. Gravity*
  2. Captain Phillips*
  3. Rush The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
  4. Lone Survivor
  5. All is Lost

Best Sound Mixing

  1. Gravity*
  2. Captain Phillips*
  3. Lone Survivor
  4. All is Lost The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
  5. Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Animated Short

  1. Get a Horse*
  2. Mr. Hublot
  3. Room on the Broom
  4. The Missing Scarf Feral
  5. Subconscious Password Possessions

Best Live Action Short

  1. The Voorman Problem
  2. Tiger Boy Aquel No Era Yo
  3. Dva Helium 
  4. Kush Avant Que De Tout Perdre
  5. Throat Song Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?

Best Documentary Short

  1. The Lady in #6: Music Saved My Life*
  2. Facing Fear
  3. Slomo Karama Has No Walls
  4. Cavedigger
  5. Jujitsu-ing Reality Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

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