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2014 Oscar Predictions: A Dog Named Oscar Picks Underdogs to Win Oscars

By  · Published on March 2nd, 2014

Welcome to our second annual event in which we look to our pets for the last word on Oscar predictions. As you may recall from last year, these aren’t just any pets, these are pets coincidentally named Oscar. Unfortunately, Kate’s cat named Oscar couldn’t be here this time. I think he’s boycotting on account of the cat from Inside Llewyn Davis being snubbed. But my dog Oscar (full name: Oscar the Groucho Marx Campbell) got into his tuxedo collar and made another go at it in spite of being only 2 for 10 last time.

As it turns out, I’m pretty sure he’s going to be even worse this year. Let’s just say he went with a lot of underdogs, like June Squibb and Judi Dench plus Nebraska for Best Picture. It might actually be better to avoid his picks at all cost – though he did go with Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor – or maybe he thought he was supposed to eat the treat on the winner’s card last not first. For that possibility, I’m putting that last pick in each category as a possible alternative with better chances.

You can check out the full list after the video of Oscar in action below. The music, if you’re curious, is an instrumental version of the nominated song “Happy” from Despicable Me 2.

Oscar the Dog’s Official 2014 Oscar Picks

Best Picture: Nebraska (or The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Director: David O. Russell (or Martin Scorsese)

Best Animated Film: The Croods (or The Wind Rises)

Best Documentary: Cutie and the Boxer (or The Act of Killing)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Captain Phillips (or Before Midnight)

Best Original Screenplay: Her (or Nebraska)

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (or Christian Bale)

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (or Barkhad Abdi)

Best Actress: Judi Dench (or Meryl Streep)

Best Supporting Actress: June Squibb (or Lupita Nyong’o)

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.