Oscar Experts: ’12 Years a Slave’ still way out front in Best Picture race

Looks like Gold Derby’s Oscar Experts expect to see one of those rare splits in the Best Picture/ Director awards. While “12 Years a Slave” leads the Best Picture race with the support of 17 out of 24 pundits, it only commands 7 votes for Best Director. Instead, 17 Oscarologists predict “Gravity‘s” Alfonso Cuaron will prevail.

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Gravity” is in second place for Best Picture with four votes. “American Hustle” follows in third place with three prognosticators behind it.

BEST ACTOR
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave” – 14
Robert Redford, “All is Lost” – 4
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers’ Club” – 3
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska” – 3
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Wolf of Wall Street” – 1

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” – 23
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity” – 2

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers’ Club” – 22
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave” – 2

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyongo, “12 Years a Slave” – 13
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle” – 6
Oprah Winfrey, “The Butler” – 5
June Squibb, “Nebraska” – 1

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