Oscars 2014 predictions: San Diego film experts weigh in on the Academy Awards

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As we count down the days to Hollywood's biggest event of the year, the 86th annual Academy Awards, we asked San Diego film experts to weigh in on three of the 24 award categories.

Who can we expect to walk away with the award for Best Actress? Or Best Actor? And can Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave top David O. Russell's American Hustle? Or will another director take home the coveted Best Picture award?

Here are the San Diego's experts' guesses:

Michael Slowik

Slowik is an assistant professor at San Diego State University's School of Television, Film and New Media.

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett

Tonya Mantooth

Mantooth is the vice president of programming for the San Diego Film Festival and is an Emmy-award winning commercial producer.

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett

Mitch Feingold

Feingold is the president of the San Diego Filmmakers and has produced, directed and performed stand-up comedy for more than 20 years.

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett

Ethan van Thillo

Thillo is the executive director of the Media Arts Center in San Diego.

Best Picture: Gravity

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey

Best Actress: Amy Adams

Lee Ann Kim

Kim is the executive director of the Pacific Arts Movement and the founder of the San Diego Asian Film Festival.

Best Picture: Her

Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett

Greg Lefevre

Lefevre is the vice president of the San Diego Filmmakers and has more than 40 years of experience in broadcast journalism.

Best Picture: Gravity

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Actress: Sandra Bullock

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