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
Caitlin: Frozen. “It could be Disney’s first win in this category ever,” says Caitlin.
Dan: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Caitlin: Alfonso Cuaron
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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