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Sean P. Means
Sean is the movie critic and columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @moviecricket.

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This film publicity image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." This year's best picture race at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014, has shaped up to be one of the most unpredictable in years. The favorites are "12 Years a Slave," "Gravity" and "American Hustle." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight Films, Jaap Buitendijk, file)
Oscars ‘14: Grading The Cricket’s predictions

Most years, 20 out of 24 would be a great score for Oscar predicting.

But with a year as predictable as this one — where so many of the winners were a foregone conclusion weeks ago — it’s just so-so.

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The four the Cricket got wrong:

• Picking "12 Years a Slave" for film editing, over the winner "Gravity," following the logic that film editing and Best Picture usually go hand-in-hand.

• Predicting "American Hustle" for original screenplay, not Spike Jonze for "Her" — a head-over-heart choice, since The Cricket reasoned that the Academy would give "American Hustle" something (it didn’t). But Jonze’s future-romance is, by far, the most original of the five nominees.

• Missing two of the short-film winners, the charming animated "Mr. Hublot" and the tear-jerking live-action Danish drama "Helium." Like anybody, even people who have seen them all (like The Cricket), really knows how those things will go.

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