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The shoo-ins at the Oscars 2014

Gravity and Dallas Buyers Club should clean up with the most awards for outstanding performances, predicts GEOFFREY EU

WINNING may not be everything at the 86th Academy Awards this weekend, but it comes mighty close. Unlike sporting events, there are no medals for second place in Hollywood and after an unusually long campaign - extended to avoid clashing with the Winter Olympics - having your name pulled out of the envelope will be doubly sweet.

It was a good year for cinema in 2013, with each of the nine films in the Best Picture category deserving of its nomination. Similarly, all the major categories are well represented and for once that cliched loser's phrase "It's an honour just to be nominated" holds true. This year's awards are equally notable for the people who were omitted (or snubbed): directors Spike...

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