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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - This year's Oscar race is incredibly crowded and very close. So to predict the winners we left the heaving lifting to movie reviewer Tim Russell.

We'll let you click on his blog for actor-director categories.

Here is Tim's pic for best picture:

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These are all fine nominees: "12 Years a Slave" created a conversation about an important historical moment, and "Philomena" entertained with a great mixture of humor and pathos. "Gravity" dazzled us with it magnificent visuals with the best use of 3D in memory, but I'm going with "American Hustle" for the combination of all of these factors.

The nominees:

"American Hustle"

"Captain Phillips"

"Gravity"

"Her"

"Philomena"

"12 Years a Slave"

"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Will win: "American Hustle"

Could win: "12 Years a Slave"

Again, head to the Russell Reviews Blog for the full details.

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