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Sean P. Means: Here goes nothing — predicting the Oscar nominees

By Sean P. Means

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Jan 09 2014 08:02 am • Last Updated Jan 14 2014 09:03 am

Two of the high holidays of the Hollywood award season arrive in the next six days.

On Sunday night, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will hand out the 71st annual Golden Globes — honoring movie and TV achievement, and giving hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler numerous chances to mock the semi-drunken celebrities in the hall.

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Next Thursday morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards — the Oscars.

So whose names will be called out on Thursday? Here are The Cricket’s predictions in the six major categories:

Supporting Actress

The shoo-ins » Lupita Nyong’o, "12 Years a Slave"; Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle."

The likely picks » Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"; June Squibb, "Nebraska."

The final slot » Oprah Winfrey, "Lee Daniels’ The Butler."

Out of the race » Octavia Spencer, "Fruitvale Station"; Margo Martindale, "August: Osage County."

If the Cricket had a vote » Scarlett Johansson, for her heartbreaking voice-only performance in "Her."


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Supporting Actor

The shoo-ins » Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"; Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave."

The likely picks » Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"; Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle."

The final slot » Daniel Brühl, "Rush."

Out of the race » James Gandolfini, "Enough Said"; Tom Hanks, "Saving Mr. Banks."

If the Cricket had a vote » Woody Harrelson, so nasty as a backwoods thug in "Out of the Furnace."

Actress

The shoo-ins » Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"; Sandra Bullock, "Gravity."

The likely picks » Emma Thompson, "Saving Mr. Banks"; Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County."

The final slot » Judi Dench, "Philomena."

Out of the race » Amy Adams, "American Hustle"; Adele Exarchopoulos, "Blue Is the Warmest Color."

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