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2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 16, 2014 at 5:49PM

It's the Hollywood golden girl vs. the beloved newcomer as Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle") and Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years A Slave") face off for Best Supporting Actress.

Lupita Nyong'o as Patsey
Lupita Nyong'o as Patsey
Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 86th Academy Awards through March 2nd, when the winners are announced.

Lupita v. Jennifer: This is the definite showdown in this race, as the two have basically split all the precursors. Lupita probably has the edge though. Will voters really want to give 23 year old Lawrence two Oscars in two years? It's definitely possible, but Lawrence doesn't even seem to want it -- she didn't show up to accept her BAFTA, and hasn't been campaigning much. Nyong'o, on the other hand, has been the breakout star of this awards season, nailing every speech, dress and interview there was. So we say Lupita.

Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

The nominees:
Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County”
June Squibb in “Nebraska”

Will win: Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Could win: Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”
Should win: Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Shoulda been here: Scarlett Johannson in "Her"

Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

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