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Honestly, it doesn't take a genius to predict that director and co-writer Alfonso Cuaron's 90-minute space odyssey will float away with wins in five "Best" technical categories: Cinematography, Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.
Add one more for composer Steven Price's likely Best Original Score (though I'd love to hear Alexandre Desplat's name called for "Philomena"). Then wager on Cuaron's own Best Directing grab, which will be the film's only victory among the evening's Big 6 categories, and it all adds up to a lucky seven Oscars.
No other movie will get even close to that awards count, but don't be surprised when Leo DiCaprio's "other" 2013 movie, "The Great Gatsby," of all old things, is among a potential slew of runners-up with its whopping total of two victories (for both Best Production Design and Best Costume Design).
In another relatively easy year on the prognostication front, here are my predicted winners in the other top categories (with personal preferences included):
Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave" (should win: "American Hustle").
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Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" (Blanchett).
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club" (Leto).
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle" (Lawrence).
Best Adapted Screenplay: "12 Years a Slave" ("Philomena").
Best Original Screenplay: "Her" ("American Hustle").
And a few more picks: "Frozen" (Best Animated Feature); "The Grand Beauty" (Foreign Film);
"20 Feet from Stardom" (Documentary); "Let It Go" from "Frozen" (Original Song); Dallas Buyers Club" (Best Makeup and Hairstyling).
Contenders in all categories -- and then some -- can be found at http://oscar.go.com/nominees.