Access Hollywood correspondent Scott Mantz predicts “Gravity” will win seven Oscars: Best Picture as well as Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.
In his predictions just entered at Gold Derby, he also forecasts performers from four different films will claim the acting awards: leads Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“) and Robert Redford (“All is Lost“) and featured players Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club“) and Lupita Nyongo (“12 Years a Slave“).
Mantz is now the eighth Expert to back the bid by “Gravity” for the top prize. He joins Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Guy Lodge (HitFix), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and me.
However, “12 Years a Slave,” remains the frontrunner with 14 Experts picking it to prevail as Best Picture: Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Mark Harris (Grantland), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Gawker, Out), Kevin Polowy (Next Movie), Steve Pond (TheWrap), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
Two films have the support of one pundit apiece. Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post) likes the looks of “Saving Mr. Banks” while Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter) goes for the unseen “American Hustle”
And while Redford now enjoys a three-vote edge over “12 Years” star Chiwetel Ejiofor, the two men are tied for Best Actor at odds of 12/5 because Ejiofor is ranked higher on more Experts’ lists.
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