Hair of the Dog’s 2014 Oscar Predictions

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Monica Almeida New York Times

It’s time of year when you can find all of Hollywood’s best in one building. This Sunday, March 2nd, the Dolby Theatre plays host to the 86th Academy Awards.

We have chosen 15 categories from this Sunday’s award show and each member of our panel will predict who they believe will will win. Lets get to it…

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HOTD’s Prediction Panel:

Taylor Hair: Your’s truly.    Twitter: @Taylor_Hair5


Ty Parker: Communication Intern for Texas Tech Athletic Department & graduate student at Texas Tech University.  Movie Enthusiast.  

Check out Ty’s Twitter: @TyParker41


Curtis Spivey: Photo Journalist for KCBD in Lubbock, Texas.  Curtis knows more about movies than anyone else I know. Dude is money.

Twitter: @Curtis_Spivey


Chance Parker: Movie critic for   The only guy I know who watches as many movies, if not more, as I do.  Twitter: @handsome_hobo 

Check out more of Chance’s work here.


Kevin Cortez: Founder of as well as many other job titles. This is one well-rounded and talented individual.  

Twitter: @KevinSCortez  


Thelma Adams: Yahoo! Movies Contributing Editor, film critic.

 Twitter: @thelmadams

Make sure to check out Thelma’s Yahoo Oscar prediction page.

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Best Achievement in Editing


12 Years a SlaveJoe Walker

American HustleAlan BaumgartenJay CassidyCrispin Struthers

GravityAlfonso CuarónMark Sanger

Captain PhillipsChristopher Rouse

Dallas Buyers ClubMartin Pensa, John Mac McMurphy

Who should win vs. Who will win: This one is a toss-up. Both “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave” make a strong case. 

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: “Gravity”

Ty Parker: “Gravity”

Curtis Spivey: “12 Years a Slave”

Chance Parker: “12 Years a Slave”

Thelma Adams: “Gravity”

Kevin Cortez: “12 Years a Slave” 


Best Achievement in Costume Design


American HustleMichael Wilkinson

The Great GatsbyCatherine Martin

12 Years a SlavePatricia Norris

The GrandmasterWilliam Chang

The Invisible WomanMichael O’Connor

Who should win vs. Who will win: The Great Gatsby should win Best Achievement in Costume Design but with the movie coming out almost a year ago, May, could hurt its chances. American Hustle could come out on top. 

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: “The Great Gatsby”

Ty Parker:”The Great Gatsby”

Curtis Spivey: “American Hustle”

Chance Parker: “American Hustle”

Thelma Adams: “The Great Gatsby”

Kevin Cortez: “The Great Gatsby”


Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling


Dallas Buyers ClubAdruitha LeeRobin Mathews

Jackass Presents: Bad GrandpaSteve Prouty

The Lone RangerJoel HarlowGloria Pasqua Casny

Who should win vs. Who will win: CAN JACKASS PLEASE WIN AN OSCAR!? PLEASE!  Dallas Buyers Club seems to be the favorite at the moment in Hollywood. 


The Picks:

Taylor Hair: “Jackass Presents:Bad Grandpa”

Ty Parker: “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”

Curtis Spivey: “Dallas Buyers Club”

Chance Parker: “Dallas Buyers Club”

Thelma Adams: Dallas Buyers Club

Kevin Cortez: “The Lone Ranger” 


Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score


The Book ThiefJohn Williams

GravitySteven Price

HerWilliam Butler, Andy Koyama

Saving Mr. BanksThomas Newman

Philomena: Alexandre Desplat

Who should win vs. Who will win: This one is wide open as well. All five scores are dynamic and extremely different from each other. Look for anyone to walk away with this one. 

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: “Saving Mr. Banks”

Ty Parker: “Her”

Curtis Spivey: “Her”

Chance Parker: “Saving Mr. Banks”

Thelma Adams: “Gravity”

Kevin Cortez: ”Saving Mr. Banks” 

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Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song


Despicable Me 2Pharrell Williams ( “Happy”)

FrozenKristen Anderson-LopezRobert Lopez (“Let It Go”)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: U2:BonoAdam ClaytonThe EdgeLarry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton (“Ordinary Love”)

HerKaren O (“The Moon Song”)

Who should win vs. Who will win: Everyone is in love with “Frozen” ‘ s “Let it Go” but don’t be surprised if a “bigger name” artist, U2 or Pharrell, wins the award.   

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: “Happy” for “Despicable Me 2”

Ty Parker: “Let It Go” for “Frozen”

Curtis Spivey: “Let It Go” for “Frozen”

Chance Parker: “Ordinary Love” for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Thelma Adams: “Let It Go” for “Frozen”

Kevin Cortez: “Let It Go” for “Frozen”


Best Achievement in Cinematography


Inside Llewyn DavisBruno Delbonnel

NebraskaPhedon Papamichael

PrisonersRoger Deakins

The GrandmasterPhilippe Le Sourd

Who should win vs. Who will win: If anyone other than “Gravity” wins this one, it will be a huge upset.  This movie’s cinematography was out of this world… ha get it?

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: “Gravity”

Ty Parker: “Gravity”

Curtis Spivey: “Prisoners”

Chance Parker: “Gravity”

Thelma Adams: “Gravity”

Kevin Cortez: “Gravity”


Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen


American HustleEric Warren SingerDavid O. Russell

Blue JasmineWoody Allen

HerSpike Jonze

NebraskaBob Nelson

Dallas Buyers ClubCraig BortenMelisa Wallack

Who should win vs. Who will win: If you can get over the fact that it is a man falling in love with his computer than the story of a man falling in love with his computer is quite lovely and original. 

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: “Her”

Ty Parker: “American Hustle”

Curtis Spivey: “Her”

Chance Parker: “American Hustle”

Thelma Adams: “Her”

Kevin Cortez: “Her”


Best Writing,Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published


Before MidnightRichard Linklater

Captain PhillipsBilly Ray

12 Years a SlaveJohn Ridley

The Wolf of Wall StreetTerence Winter

PhilomenaSteve CooganJeff Pope

Who should win vs. Who will win: There are some incredible stories in this one some of which are based on true events but when it comes down to it, this award is “12 Years a Slave” ‘ s to lose. 

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: “12 Years a Slave”

Ty Parker: “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Curtis Spivey: “12 Years a Slave”

Chance Parker: “12 Years a Slave”

Thelma Adams: “12 Years a Slave”

Kevin Cortez: “Captain Phillips”


Best Animated Feature Film of the Year


The Croods 

Despicable Me 2

Ernest & Celestine 


The Wind Rises

Who should win vs. Who will win: Despicable Me 2″ brought extreme amounts of laughter to children and parents. I do not know if it is enough to take down the favorite, “Frozen”.


The Picks:

Taylor Hair: “Frozen”

Ty Parker: “Despicable Me 2”

Curtis Spivey: “Frozen”

Chance Parker: “Frozen”

Thelma Adams: “Frozen”

Kevin Cortez: “Frozen” 


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

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Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine

Julia Roberts for August: Osage County

Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle

June Squibb for Nebraska

Who should win vs. Who will win: Lupita Nyong’o is getting lots of love for her performance in “12 Years a Slave”. The new actress should head home with this one.  Dark Horses include: Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence.

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”

Ty Parker: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

Curtis Spivey: “Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Chance Parker: “Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Thelma Adams: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Kevin Cortez: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

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Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper for American Hustle

Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street

Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave

Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

Who should win vs. Who will win: I’m in the minority in this one but Michael Fassbender’s performance should win this award. His portrayal of an alcoholic plantation owner was phenomenal. Some experts  would disagree with me; they believe this one was sent to Leto’s house the moment he was nominated. Anything other than Leto would be a HUGE upset. Both are very deserving. 

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”  

Ty Parker: Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”

Curtis Spivey: Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”

Chance Parker: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Thelma Adams: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club,”

Kevin Cortez: Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

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Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock for Gravity

Judi Dench for Philomena

Meryl Streep for August: Osage County

Who should win vs. Who will win: Like Leto, Blanchett has had her acceptance speech memorized since she was nominated. 

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Ty Parker: Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Curtis Spivey: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Chance Parker: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Thelma Adams: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Kevin Cortez: Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

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Christian Bale for American Hustle

Bruce Dern for Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Who should win vs. Who will win: This is an incredible group who all brought it this year. In any other year Bale (for that epic comb over), Dern, DiCaprio and Ejiofor would have would easily take home this award. Matthew McConaughey has been winning everything so far this year, I don’t see that changing on Sunday. 

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”  

Ty Parker: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Curtis Spivey: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Chance Parker: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Thelma Adams: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Kevin Cortez: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”


Best Achievement in Directing


Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

David O. Russell for American Hustle

Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street

Alexander Payne for Nebraska

Who should win vs. Who will win: This is a two horse race. Look for Steve McQueen or Alfonso Cuaron in this one. 

The Picks:

Taylor Hair: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Ty Parker: Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Curtis Spivey: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Chance Parker: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Thelma Adams: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Kevin Cortez: Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”


Best Motion Picture of the Year

Nominees (with a little help from LEGO):

Check out these poster reenactments by Lego (YAHOO MOVIES) 
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American Hustle

Cast: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Di Nero and Louis C.K.

Plot: A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive British partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia. (IMDB)


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Dallas Buyers Club

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.

Plot: In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease. (IMDB)


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Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson

Plot: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. (IMDB)


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Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris.

Plot: A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an accident leaves them adrift in space. (IMDB)


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Captain Phillips

Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi

Plot: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. (IMDB)


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Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Suibb, Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk

Plot: An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million-dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. (IMDB)


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Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark

Plot: A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (IMDB)


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The Wolf of Wall Street

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau and Jean Dujardin.

Plot: Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. (IMDB)


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12 Years a Slave

Cast: Chwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Willams, Paul Gimatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Michael Fassbender , Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson and Brad Pitt.

Plot: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (IMDB)

Our Choice for Best Picture is:

Taylor Hair: “Gravity”

Ty Parker: “American Hustle”

Curtis Spivey: “12 Years a Slave”

Chance Parker: “12 Years a Slave”

Thelma Adams: “12 Years a Slave”

Kevin Cortez: “12 Years a Slave”


In Case You Were Wondering…

The presenters for the 2014 Oscars are Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, Jim Carrey, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Penélope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Viola Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Goldie Hawn, Chris Hemsworth, Kate Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Michael B. Jordan, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Bill Murray, Kim Novak, Tyler Perry, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Gabourey Sidibe, Will Smith, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson & Naomi Watts. (Via


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