USA Today's Claudia Puig predicts '12 Years a Slave' to win Best Picture Oscar
USA Today's Claudia Puig predicts " 12 Years a Slave" will win Best Picture at the Oscars as well as Actor ( ), Adapted Screenplay and Score . Chiwetel Ejiofor
just entered at Gold Derby, she also forecasts a great night for " her predictions Gravity" with six wins: Director ( ), Cinematography, Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. Alfonso Cuaron
Puig's backing bolsters the frontrunner status of "
12 Years a Slave," which now has 14 of 23 Experts picking it to prevail as Best Picture. Other supporters: 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), Sasha Stone ( Awards Daily), Jeff Wells ( Hollywood-Elsewhere), Glenn Whipp ( Los Angeles Times) and Susan Wloszczyna ( RogerEbert.com).
"Gravity" has the backing of six Experts:
Thelma Adams ( Yahoo), Guy Lodge ( HitFix), Keith Simanton ( IMDb), Anne Thompson ( Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers ( Rolling Stone) and me.
Three films have the support of one pundit apiece.
) likes the looks of "
Saving Mr. Banks
) goes for the unseen "American Hustle" and
l (Gold Derby) opts for the yet-to-screen "
The Wolf of Wall Street
See Puig's full predix
. And see how her rankings compare to other Experts here . here
She joins the majority (18) in predicting
(" Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine") to win Best Actress with only five Experts picking "Gravity" star Sanda Bullock.
Puig's vote for
(" Oprah Winfrey The Butler") breaks her tie for supporting actress with "12 Years" ingenue Lupita Nyongo with an even dozen Oscarologists now with Winfrey.
And she boosts the bid by
("Dallas Buyer's Club") for Best Supporting Actor who now has a 12 to 10 edge over Jared Leto (" Michael Fassbender 12 Years a Slave").
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