Here are the Oscar picks from the New York Times, and My Choices for some of them.
Best Picture: ‘12 Years a Slave’
My Choice: Might have to go along with this one. Barkhad was great, great, great, but since I haven't seen "Dallas" I can't compare.
An extremely tight race. The Academy can’t resist an ingénue, perhaps even two years running. As the frantically emotional and frankly funny wife with the bouncing updo in “American Hustle,” Jennifer Lawrence — a previous season’s ingénue — received near-universal praise, but she just won an Oscar last year, for another David O. Russell movie.
My Choice: Super movie with an unexpected, but most welcome, ending. Every family needs to see this movie. But, please, there are enough You Tube videos of 4-year-olds squeaking out "Let It Go."