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Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 5

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 5

This is the fifth of five "brutally honest" Oscar ballots shared with THR by Academy members, one of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2. (Also available for you to review: the first, the second, the third and the fourth.) Beware of spoilers. And remember: these voters' views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy's 378-member writers branch who has won an Oscar himself.

PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 Red-Carpet Arrivals

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Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 4

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 4

This is the fourth of five "brutally honest" Oscar ballots shared with THR by Academy members, one of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2. (Also available for you to review: the first, the second and the third.) Needless to say, these voters' views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy's 377-member public relations branch.

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Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 3

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 3

This is the third of five "brutally honest" Oscar ballots shared with THR by Academy members, one of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2. (Also available for you to review: the first and the second.) Needless to say, these voters' views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy's 450-member executives branch.

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Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 2

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 2

This is the second of five "brutally honest" Oscar ballots shared with THR by Academy members, one of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2. (Also available for you to review: the first.) Needless to say, these voters' views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy's 418-member sound branch.

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Oscars: The Sad Stories of 9 Acting Nominees Who Committed Suicide

Oscars: The Sad Stories of 9 Acting Nominees Who Committed Suicide

The 86th Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Hollywood on Sunday night, and it will be a -- if not the -- high point in the lives of many of the acting nominees, just as Oscar night has been for the last 85 years.

Many of these 20 individuals will go on to even greater fame and fortune, but, inevitably, some will go on to experience hardships, disappointments and perhaps even a return to anonymity that will make them pine for that one night on which they stood firmly in the spotlight, with a sense of love and appreciation from their colleagues and indeed much of the world.

Sadly, for one reason or another, nine people who received acting Oscar nominations in years past, but then fell upon hard times, took an irreversible course of action to deal with their problems: they deliberately ended their own lives. In an effort to ensure that they are not forgotten -- and at the risk of being a little bit of a downer -- here is a recap of each of their stories, high points and low.

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Oscar Voter Reveals Brutally Honest Ballot

Oscar Voter Reveals Brutally Honest Ballot

This story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It is the first of five "brutally honest" Oscar ballots shared with THR by Academy members, one of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2.

VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy's 377-member directors branch.

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FEINBERG FORECAST: Scott's Final Picks for Who Will Win at Sunday's Oscars (Analysis)

FEINBERG FORECAST: Scott's Final Picks for Who Will Win at Sunday's Oscars (Analysis)

An abbreviated version of this story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

This is the closest Oscar race in years -- nobody feels confident about who will win several of the highest-profile categories -- but who better to put your trust in than THR's awards analyst Scott Feinberg?

Scott has been forecasting the Oscars since 2001 and has one of the strongest track records of all awards pundits at doing so. His best showings came in 2006 and 2013, when he correctly called 21 out of 24 winners. He was the only pundit to project best picture nominations for The Reader (2008), The Blind Side (2009) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) and acting noms for Silver Linings Playbook's Jacki Weaver (2012) and The Wolf of Wall Street's Jonah Hill (2013), among other long shots.

PHOTOS: 2014 Oscar Nominees

He factors into his projections personal impressions (based on advance screenings of hundreds of films each year), publicly available information (release dates, genres, talent rosters and teasers/trailers often offer valuable clues), historical considerations (comparing and contrasting how other films with similar pedigrees have resonated), precursor awards (some awards groups have historically correlated with the Academy more than others) and conversations with industry insiders (including fellow members of the press, awards strategists, filmmakers and awards voters).

Without further ado, here are Scott's picks …

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Oscar Breakdown: Best Picture

Oscar Breakdown: Best Picture

Prior to the 86th Oscars on March 2, THR's awards analyst Scott Feinberg will present an eight-part series of posts breaking down the key facts and figures pertaining to each of the "big eight" Oscar categories. (For his predictions, see the weekly "Feinberg Forecast" post.) This post focuses on the best picture Oscar race. And the nominees are...

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Oscars: Inside the Last, Desperate Push to Win Over Voters Before Balloting Closes

Oscars: Inside the Last, Desperate Push to Win Over Voters Before Balloting Closes

The final round of Oscar voting closes at 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday. Knowing that many Academy members wait until the last minute to turn in their selections -- either via online voting or paper ballots, which some even hand-deliver to the PricewaterhouseCoopers offices -- and that numerous categories in this year's race are still too close to call, contending distributors and talent have been fighting for every vote in every imaginable way. Will any of their efforts make a significant difference in a contender's prospects?

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Oscars: Who Will Prevail in the Competitive Best Original Song Race? (Analysis)

Oscars: Who Will Prevail in the Competitive Best Original Song Race? (Analysis)

With less than a week to go before the 86th Academy Awards ceremony and less than 24 hours before the final round of Oscar voting closes, several categories still appear to be too close to call. One of them is the best original song contest, which I first dissected just a couple of weeks ago. Here is a look at what each of the four nominees have working in and against their favor.

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5 Filmmakers on Their Remarkable Journeys to the 86th Oscars (Video)

5 Filmmakers on Their Remarkable Journeys to the 86th Oscars (Video)

A few weeks ago, I moderated the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Directors Panel, which featured five of this year's Oscar-nominated filmmakers: best animated feature nominee Jennifer Lee (co-director of Frozen), best documentary feature nominees Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom) and Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing) and best foreign-language film nominees Paolo Sorrentino (director of Italy's The Great Beauty) and Felix Van Groeningen (director of Belgium's The Broken Circle Breakdown).

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At the top of this post, you can check out footage of our roughly 90-minute conversation about the origins, challenges and impacts of their respective films. Among the specific topics that we covered during our conversation …

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Oscars: Judy Garland's Kids to Reunite for 'Wizard of Oz' Tribute (Exclusive)

Oscars: Judy Garland's Kids to Reunite for 'Wizard of Oz' Tribute (Exclusive)

Judy Garland's three children — Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft and Joey Luft — will reunite at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of their late mother's most iconic film, The Wizard of Oz, The Hollywood Reporter has learned from multiple sources.

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Oscars: Who's Going to Win the Shorts Categories? (Analysis)

Oscars: Who's Going to Win the Shorts Categories? (Analysis)

In one week, when the 86th Academy Awards are presented in Hollywood, many Oscar pools across America will be lost by people who correctly predicted major categories but blew the three categories devoted to shorts. Correctly predicting best animated short, best documentary short and best live-action short is what separates the men from the boys -- or the female equivalents -- when it comes to Oscar contests. And so, in an effort to try to correctly predict all three categories' winners, as I did last year and in several years past, I did what I always do: I actually watched the nominees.

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Judi Dench on Beating Failing Eyesight, Bad Knees and Retirement

Judi Dench on Beating Failing Eyesight, Bad Knees and Retirement

As the legendary Judi Dench nears her 80th birthday, she is enjoying as great a third act as any actor ever has. In January, for her performance as a mother searching for her long-lost child in Stephen Frears' Philomena (which is based on the true story of Philomena Lee), she landed her seventh Oscar nomination; all of them, including her best supporting actress win for just eight minutes of work in Shakespeare in Love, have come in the past 16 years, since she turned 63.

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