The speculation ends Sunday ... well, maybe early Monday morning, depending on how long the 86th Academy Awards ceremony actually is.
Friday is the deadline to submit paper ballots for the Back at the Pack / Tribune Chronicle Red Carpet Contest, although readers can vote online at www.tribtoday.com until 7 p.m. Sunday.
The winner gets a chance to see an Oscar winner - Kevin Costner - who will be performing with his band, Modern West, at Packard Music Hall on April 22. The winner gets two floor seats for the concert, a $50 gift certificate for the Sunrise Inn in Warren and two season tickets for the 2014 River Rock at the Amp concert series at the Warren Community Amphitheatre.
Readers who play online also will be eligible for a national prize, which is a $250 Amazon gift card.
The winner will be announced in this space next week. Good luck.
One other deadline comes today. I have to lock in my Oscar predictions.
Some of the categories seemed like a lock when I made my initial predictions in January, and awards presented since then only have reinforced that belief. But I also went with a couple of dark horses, at least one of which I'm abandoning now.
Here are my picks:
Best Picture - Most prognosticators have it as a two-picture battle between "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave." I'm sticking with "American Hustle," although I think "Gravity" could pull down the success of my ballot.
Best Director - Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") won the Director's Guild honor and is the consensus favorite. He'll win.
Best Actor - The "McConnaisance" of Matthew McConaughey will continue.
Best Actress - I picked Amy Adams for "American Hustle," mainly because I'm picking it for Best Picture, and it's such an actors' film. It's hard to believe it will win Best Picture without one of its four nominated actors being recognized. But everyone says Cate Blanchett is a certainty, and I'm starting to accept that lobbying for Adams is futile. I'm switching to Blanchett.
Best Supporting Actor - Jared Leto is as close to a sure thing as anyone this year.
Best Supporting Actress - Lupita Nyong'o will win over Jennifer Lawrence, who would have a better shot if she hadn't picked up Best Actress honors just last year for "Silver Linings Playbook."
Best Adapted Screenplay - Since I think "12 Years a Slave" will be passed over for Best Picture, a win for screenwriter John Ridley is one way for Academy voters to recognize the artistic achievement of the film.
Best Original Screenplay - I picked Spike Jonze's screenplay for "Her," and I'm not changing my pick. But my love of the film, which is somewhat polarizing, may be coloring my judgment. I wouldn't be shocked if "Nebraska," "Dallas Buyers Club" or "American Hustle" ended up with the statue.
Best Animated Feature - "Frozen." The other nominees don't have a snowball's chance in ...
Best Original Song - "Frozen" love also will cast a chill over the other three nominees here. "Let It Go" will win, and hearing Idina Menzel sing it live likely will be one of the highlights of the show.
Best Foreign Language Film - Still haven't seen any of the five nominees (although "The Hunt" is in my Netflix queue). Still sticking with Italy's "The Great Beauty."
Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at email@example.com