By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 28, 2014 at 2:17PM
While we've already posted my personal predictions in each category, we also invited the critics listed in Indiewire's Criticwire network to offer their picks as to who will and should win at Sunday's Oscar ceremony in 15 categories. This year, over 60 of them participated.
Check out all the results below.
Who Will Win and Who Should Win: Many are calling this year's best picture race the closest call in a long time, but Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" got a comfortable majority of "who will" picks here, taking 65% of them. The film's main competitiors -- "Gravity" and "American Hustle" -- had 21% and 14% saying they'd win, respectively. "12 Years" was also the top choice on the "should win" ballot, with 37% saying it deserves the big prize. Spike Jonze's "Her" was next with 26%, while "Gravity" (11%), "The Wolf of Wall Street" (8%), "American Hustle" (8%) and Nebraska (8%) all had supporters as well.
Who Will Win and Who Should Win: "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón took 75% of the "will win" vote here, and a somewhat less commanding 47% of the "should win" vote. In second place in both regards was Steve McQueen, who 18% of those polled said would win and another 30% said should. In the should win poll, Martin Scorsese (10%), David O. Russell (8%) and Alexander Payne (6%) all got a few votes as well.
Who Will Win and Who Should Win: Yet another consensus over who will and should win, with Cate Blanchett getting a massive 95% of the "will" vote and another 57% of the "should." Amy Adams (22%), Sandra Bullock (16%) and Judi Dench (6%) all had fans in the latter vote as well, but poor Meryl Streep was the only one to receive no votes.
Who Will Win: While 15% said Chiwetel Ejiofor would win here, predictions were clearly in favor of Matthew McConaughey, who took 80% for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club"
Who Should Win: Only 17% said McConaughey deserves it if he wins, with Chiwetel Ejiofor (38%) and Leonardo DiCaprio (32%) finding a lot more fans in our poll.
Who Will Win and Who Should Win: It looks like another win for "12 Years a Slave," with Lupita Nyong'o taking 62% of predictions. But Jennifer Lawrence wasn't far behind with 30%. It was the same order of things in the preferred winner column, with Nyong'o taking 48% of the vote and Lawrence 21%. Sally Hawkins (15%), June Squibb (11%) and Julia Roberts (5%) all had admirers too.
Best Supporting Actor
Who Will Win: It seems like Jared Leto has this in the bag: 88% of voters said he'd win. Michael Fassbender and Jonah Hill were next with 5% each.
Who Should Win: The male acting races were clearly a lot more divisive than the female races, with Michael Fassbender the clear favorite for "who should," taking 37%. Jonah Hill was next with 17%, while Jared Leto and Barkhad Abdi each took 16%.