NWU Oscar Experts Make Their Picks

Theatre professor Dan Hays and his daughter Caitlin, a senior theatre major, are Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Oscar experts.

They teamed up last semester to teach a Liberal Arts Seminar for first-year students titled “Academy Award-Winning Movies and Their Reflection of American Culture.”

This weekend they’re taking their best shot at selecting this year’s winners.

Here are their predictions:

Best Actor in Leading Role

  • Dan: Matthew McConaughey
  • Caitlin: Matthew McConaughey

Best Actor in Supporting Role

  • Dan: Jared Leto. “For me, this is the hardest race,” says Dan.
  • Caitlin: Jared Leto

Best Actress in Leading Role

  • Dan: Cate Blanchett
  • Caitlin: Cate Blanchett

Best Supporting Actress

  • Dan: Lupita Nyong’o. “I am going out on a limb here,” says Dan. “I think the Academy is in love with Jennifer Lawrence, and she did an amazing job in “American Hustle. But I am going with my personal choice with Lupita Nyong’o. That was an unbelievable performance.”
  • Caitlin: Lupita Nyong’o

Best Animated Picture

  • Dan: Frozen
  • Caitlin: Frozen. “It could be Disney’s first win in this category ever,” says Caitlin.

Best Director:

  • Dan: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • Caitlin: Alfonso Cuaron

Best Picture

  • Dan: 12 Years a Slave
  • Caitlin: 12 Years a Slave. “It was by far my favorite movie of the year,” says Caitlin.

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Dan Hays is an assistant professor of theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Caitlin Hays is a senior theatre major at NWU.