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February 27, 2014

CALLERI: One sure thing, and a tough best picture race highlight Oscars


Niagara Gazette — For directing, Scorsese gets my vote, but Alfonso Cuaron will win for “Gravity.” Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”), David O. Russell (“American Hustle”) and McQueen should be honored to be nominated.

I would vote for Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” for original screenplay, but the quirky “Her” by Spike Jonze will win. Regarding the adapted screenplay winner, I would vote for Terence Winter’s work for “The Wolf Of Wall Street.” I don’t think its adult language will prove too rough for the Academy, which will select it as well.

I’ve seen three of the five foreign language entries: “The Great Beauty” (Italy), which is my choice, “The Hunt” (Denmark) and “Omar” (Palestine). The Academy will choose director Paolo Sorrentino’s outstanding Italian picture.

I’ve also seen three of the feature documentary nominees: “20 Feet From Stardom,” which is my choice, “Dirty Wars” and “The Square.” However, the buzz in Hollywood is that “The Act Of Killing” will win.

Here are the winners after the presenters say “the Oscar goes to” in the other categories. Film Editing: “Gravity,” Cinematography: “Gravity,” Production Design: “The Great Gatsby,” Costume Design: “American Hustle,” Makeup And Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club,” Visual Effects: “Gravity,” Sound Editing: “Gravity,” Sound Mixing: “Gravity,” Original Score: “Gravity,” Original Song: “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” Animated Feature: “Frozen,” Animated Short: “Get A Horse!,” Documentary Short: “The Lady In Number 6,” and Live Action Short: “That Wasn’t Me.”

The Oscars will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood this Sunday night, starting at 8 p.m. on ABC. Ellen DeGeneres is the host.

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at

Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at

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