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    ACTOR

    Should win: Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"

    If you look closely, you can see that the outrage Ejiofor visibly wrestled down early in the film persists. It simmers. It, along with memories of a better life, keep Solomon hopeful he can regain his freedom, though little of what he sees in his dozen years in bondage indicates such a possibility.

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    Jaap Buitendijk
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    ACTRESS

    Should win: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

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    SUPPORTING ACTOR

    Should win: Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"

    Fassbender’s sadistic plantation owner in “12 Years,” by contrast, is based on a real devil and reveals an attendant depth. Fassbender shows how the planter, Edwin Epps, worries for his own soul as he systematically destroys the spirit of field hand Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o), whom Epps praises by day and rapes at night.

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    DIRECTING

    Should win: Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"

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    DIRECTING

    Will win: Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"

    The special-effects people helped out, but the vision behind the remarkable cinematic achievement “Gravity” was Cuarón’s.

    Cuarón’s long, continuous shots established a visual flow that allowed the audience to swing into open space with stranded astronauts Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

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    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    Should win: "American Hustle," Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

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    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    Will win: "American Hustle," Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell (pictured)

    The film zings with energy generated by its performances, Russell’s direction and a script filled with well-drawn characters and funny lines.

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  • ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    Should win: "12 Years a Slave," John Ridley

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    Jaap Buitendijk
  • ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    Will win: "12 Years a Slave," John Ridley

    Ridley kept the formal speech from Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir about his time in slavery but none of its politeness. Ridley distilled Northup’s dozen years in bondage – and the slavery system itself – down to its inhuman essence, but without simplifying matters.

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    PICTURE

    Should win: "12 Years a Slave"

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  • PICTURE

    Will win: "12 Years a Slave"

    When you consider its hauntingly beautiful visual composition (director Steve McQueen has an art-world background), superb performances and inherently compelling true story, “12 Years” ranks alongside “Gravity” and “Hustle” among the year’s best films.

    But it surpasses them in impact. It provokes more thought and more emotion as it sheds light on an aspect of American history many people prefer not to consider.

    Read Carla Meyer's Oscar predictions here.

    Jaap Buitendijk
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