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Oscars Poll: Who Will Win and Who Should Win According To 103 Critics and Bloggers

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 22, 2013 at 7:37PM

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 14 categories. This year, over 100 of them participated.

Pixar's "Brave."
Pixar's "Brave."
Best Animated Film
Who Will Win: A very close call, with "Brave" (38%) topping "Wreck-It-Ralph" (37%) by just one vote. "Frankenweenie" has a respectable 19% of the vote as well.

Who Should Win: A much different srory, with "ParaNorman" taking a 34% lead over "Frankenweenie" (26%) and "Wreck-It-Ralph" (24%).

Best Foreign Language Film
Who Will Win and Who Should Win:  If there's one thing you be sure of, according to our pollsters, its "Amour" winning this. 96% said so, and another 80% said it should. While only 2% said "No" would win, a respectable 13% said it should.

'Searching for Sugar Man'
Sony Pictures Classics 'Searching for Sugar Man'
Best Documentary Feature
Who Will Win: 74% say "Searching For Sugar Man." "How To Survive a Plague" was pegged at the most possible upset with 12% of the vote.

Who Should Win: "How To Survive a Plague" won a very close poll with 34% of the vote. "Sugar Man" (26%), "The Invisible War" (17%), "The Gatekeepers" (14%) and "5 Broken Cameras" (10%) all got sizeable vote counts as well.

Best Cinematography
Who Will Win: "Life of Pi" wins here, with cinematographer Claudio Miranda winning 69% of our voters predictions. Roger Deakins had 15% for "Skyfall" and Janusz Kaminski had 11% for "Lincoln."

Who Should Win: Our poll suggests Roger Deakins should finally win an Oscar for "Skyfall," with 54% saying so. "Life of Pi" had 23% of the support, while "Lincoln," "Anna Karenina" and "Django Unchained" each had 7%-9%.

Best Original Score
Who Will Win and Who Should Win: In only one or two races where the woulds and the shoulds lined up, it was "Life of Pi" again, this time for composer Mychael Danna (46% for would, 31% for should). Alexandre Desplat ("Argo," 24% for would, 27% for should), John Williams ("Lincoln," 19% for would, 13% for should), Thomas Newman ("Skyfall," 8% for would, 24% should) also did well on both fronts.

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