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Oscars 2014: Least Surprising Winners

Reid Nakamura |
March 2, 2014 | 9:10 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

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Matthew McConaughey (Twitter / @1027KIISFM)
No awards ceremony draws more attention than the Oscars. For months before the ceremony, movie buffs scrutinize every aspect of the race and make their predictions as to which movies, actors and directors will come out on top. Sometimes, though, the academy surprises everyone and picks winners that no one saw coming. Not this year. Not even the extra half hour at the end of the broadcast was a surprise. Here are the least surprising winners at the Oscars 2014:

Lupita Nyong’o – Best Supporting Actress

Everyone’s favorite young actress Jennifer Lawrence was Nyong’o’s only real competition, but there was little doubt that the “12 Years A Slave” actress would win out in the end. 

Jared Leto – Best Supporting Actor

For his role as a transgender AIDS patient in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Jared Leto had already won a slew of awards, including a Critics Choice Movie Award and a Golden Globe. That he was able to continue his streak with the Oscar came as no shock.

“Frozen” – Best Animated Film

One of Disney’s most popular films in years, “Frozen” was a box office smash. “The Wind Rises” drew attention for being Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, but it didn’t even have half a chance.

“Let It Go” – Best Original Song

As much as audiences loved “Frozen,” they loved “Let It Go” even more. The song that inspired hundreds of covers and sing-alongs was always the favorite to win.

Cate Blanchett – Best Actress

Even though “Blue Jasmine” was released all the way back in July, Blanchett never lost her grip on the lead. Up against Oscar favorites like Meryl Streep and Amy Adams, Blanchett easily sailed to a win.

Matthew McConaughey – Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio lost again. No surprise here.

"12 Years A Slave" - Best Picture

From the time the film was initially released, "12 Years A Slave" immediately drew attention as the one to beat. Either "12 Years" or "Gravity" could have walked away with the award, but Steve McQueen's harrowing look at slavery already had the Golden Globe to its name.


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