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Monday 3 March 2014, 15:24

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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So the Oscar winners have been announced - I called most of them in advance - but did you?

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    Comment number 1.

    My predictions about the main categories were mostly right, but I have to say that I expected everybody's darling Jennifer Lawrence (whether she would have deserved it or not) to win her second Oscar over Lupita Nyong'o. To be honest, I think Lupita's performance was really good but the best of the year? Fassbender and Ejiofor convinced me a lot more in that film and my favourite for best supporting actress this year was Sally Hawkins. I thought she was terrific in Blue Jasmine and was unfortunately overshadowed by Blanchett. I also, even though he WAS the main favourite in the Best Director category, didn't expect Alfonso Cuaron to win. Steve McQueen would have deserved it as well and I was quite sure he would win since sci-fi films aren't very popular with the Academy and since the Best Picture usually goes along with the Best Director Oscar.

    I also hoped that Amy Adams would finally win an Oscar, but there's no way Cate Blanchett wouldn't have won with all that critical praise. The fact that the Act of Killing didn't win really is a shame.
    By the way: I also find all the complaints by DiCaprio fanboys annoying who are angry that he didn't win an Oscar while at the same time nobody complains about Amy Adams not receiving one after five nominations (even one more than Leo!).

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    Comment number 2.

    What do you mean did we get it right? We always get it right – we are the paying masses. It’s the Academy that gets it wrong!

    From my perspective it was one of the most satisfying Oscar results. I thought ,as usual, that ‘Gravity’ was over-egged, and I have no idea why ‘Her’ got anywhere near winning anything (great idea; terrible implementation), but other than that I’ve no complaints.

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    Comment number 3.

    @ Tom Waits
    Sorry my mistake. Both DiCaprio and Adams received five nominations so far.

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    Comment number 4.

    My mate put a bet on based on Kermode's predictions and lost because of the Act of Killing not winning. You owe him £180 Kermode so get your wallet out!!!

    Show me the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Comment number 5.

    I did managed to get all the major categories right. Last year, I thought it would be Chiwetel Ejiofor that would win Best Actor, but after Dallas Buyer's Club came out, I knew it would be Mr. McConaughey's time to win.


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