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Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 8

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 8

This is the eighth of eight "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, the fourth, the fifth, the sixth and the seventh.) Beware of spoilers. And remember, these voters' views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

PHOTOS: OSCARS 2014 Red-Carpet Arrivals

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

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Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 7

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 7

This is the seventh of eight "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, the fourth, the fifth and the sixth.) Beware of spoilers. And remember: these voters' views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 Red-Carpet Arrivals 

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. 6

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 6

This is the sixth of eight "brutally honest" Oscar ballots shared with THR by Academy members, two 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, the fourth and the fifth.) Beware of spoilers. And remember, these voters' views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

STORY: Todd McCarthy on Who Should Win at Oscars

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

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Independent Spirit Awards Effectively Oscars Rehearsal, Only With Flowing Booze (Analysis)

Independent Spirit Awards Effectively Oscars Rehearsal, Only With Flowing Booze (Analysis)

The 29th annual Independent Spirit Awards, which were voted upon and presented by Film Independent, were held this afternoon in a tent by the beach in Santa Monica as the rain poured down outside. Every year, the Spirit Awards -- which were hosted this year by Patton Oswalt, to lukewarm reviews in the room -- bring together the best and brightest of the indie film community on the day before the Academy Awards. The ceremony is always lots of fun -- what's better than day drinking? -- but it is decidedly not known for picking winners who go on to win again on Sunday.

PHOTOS: Independent Spirit Awards Blue-Carpet Arrivals

Indeed, over the past 28 years, only two winners of the Spirit Awards' top prize, best feature, have gone on to win the best picture Oscar: Platoon (1986) and The Artist (2011). Only 14 of the 108 performances that have been rewarded with Spirit Awards were subsequently recognized with Oscars. And only six Spirit Award-winning screenplays went on to win in either of the Academy's two screenplay categories. Moreover, in the 13 years in which there has been a Spirit Award for best documentary, only three of its winners went on to Oscar glory.

This year, however, could prove to be an historic exception to that rule, as virtually all of the frontrunners for the major-category Oscars took home prizes. (The Spirit Awards' and Academy Awards' four acting winners have never matched perfectly, but many oddsmakers, including this one, believe that will change this year.)

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Spirit Awards Live Blog

Spirit Awards Live Blog

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Feinberg: Why I'm Rescinding My Best Supporting Actress Oscar Prediction

Feinberg: Why I'm Rescinding My Best Supporting Actress Oscar Prediction

There are many wonderful things about writing for an outlet that has both a print edition and a website, as I do. One of them is not, however, having to lock in one's Oscar predictions before voting is even over in order to make the deadline for the print edition, as I have to do each year, since voter preferences -- and/or my read of them -- can change during the period between my deadline and theirs. (I know that writers at other outlets who hold the same position that I hold at THR feel the same way.)

STORY: Oscar Voter Reveals Brutally Honest Ballot 

This has never really caused a problem for me in the past because I always felt confident enough in my print edition picks to stand by them all the way to the big night. This year, though, that is not the case, at least as pertains to one category. So, in a year in which the Academy rescinded an Oscar nomination, I am going to rescind an Oscar projection, with apologies to anyone who may have already plagiarized my picks for their own Oscar pool entry. (Sorry to go all Election 2000 on you, guys.)

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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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