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Herald-Mail announces annual Oscar Picks

January 19, 2013
  • Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis appear in a scene from Lincoln. Field was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Lewis was nominated for Best Actor.
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Chances are most people won't ever have the chance to hold an Oscar statue, but one Herald-Mail reader will want to get his or her acceptance speech ready on Sunday, Feb. 24.

That's when he or she correctly identifies the most winners in the 10 selected categories as part of The Herald-Mail's Oscar Picks Contest.

Enter The Herald-Mail's 10th Oscar Picks Contest for a chance to win $100.

The contestant with the most correct picks in the 10 selected categories will win. If there is a tie, a drawing will be held to decide the winner.

The 85th annual Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24.

We'll print the name and photo of our Oscar Picks Contest winner on Sunday, March 3.



Contest entry guidelines

To be eligible to win, contestants must live in Washington or Frederick counties in Maryland; Franklin or Fulton counties in Pennsylvania; or Berkeley, Jefferson or Morgan counties in West Virginia.

Herald-Mail employees and their family members are not eligible to participate.

Submit one entry per person.

The winner must be available to have his or her photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 26, or Wednesday, Feb. 27.

Go to www.herald-mail.com/oscars. Email entries to lifestyle@herald-mail.com or mail entries to Oscar Picks Contest, c/o Lifestyle, The Herald-Mail Co., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741. Please type "Oscar picks" in the subject line, and include your name and a daytime phone number.

Entries are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, before the Oscars ceremony.

Pick the Oscar winners from nominations in these 10 categories:



1. Best Picture: "Amour," "Argo," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Django Unchained," "Les Miserables," "Life of Pi," "Lincoln," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Zero Dark Thirty."


2. Actor: Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"; Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"; Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"; Denzel Washington, "Flight."

3. Actress: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"; Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"; Quvenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; Naomi Watts, "The Impossible."

4. Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, "Argo"; Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"; Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"; Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained."

5. Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, "The Master"; Sally Field, "Lincoln"; Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"; Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"; Jacki Weaver, "Silver Linings Playbook."

6. Directing: Michael Haneke, "Amour"; Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"; Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"; David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook."

7. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo"; Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"; David Magee, "Life of Pi"; Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"; David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook."

8. Original Screenplay: Michael Haneke, "Amour"; Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"; John Gatins, "Flight"; Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, "Moonrise Kingdom"; Mark Boal, "Zero Dark Thirty."

9. Animated Feature Film: "Brave"; "Frankenweenie"; "ParaNorman"; "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"; "Wreck-It Ralph."

10. Original Song: "Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice," J. Ralph; "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted," Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane; "Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi," Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri; "Skyfall" from "Skyfall," Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth; "Suddenly" from "Les Miserables," Claude-Michel Schonberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil.



Follow us during the broadcast  

We won't actually be at the Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 24, but that won't stop us from commenting on Hollywood's biggest night.

Follow Lifestyle Editor Crystal Schelle on Twitter (@crystalschelle and @hm_heraldmail) beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, as she tweets about the Academy Awards.

She'll dish on what the stars are wearing and then continue throughout the broadcast.

Join in the discussion at #HMoscars or like us on our Facebook page, and follow along on www.facebook.com/heraldmaillifestyle.



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Bryan Cranston, left, as Jack O'Donnell, and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in star in "Argo,"  a rescue thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. The film is nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.



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Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis appear in a scene from "Lincoln." Field was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Lewis was nominated for Best Actor.

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