My Oscar predictions ignored the odds in a few instances, the most important of which was picking Meryl Streep over favorite Viola Davis for best actress. That pick led to a 6-for-6 finish in the biggest categories (picture, actor, actress, director, supporting actress and actor) at Sunday's Academy Awards..
Streep was my favorite, but that choice was not based solely on emotion. There always was a chance she would win. She already had won the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award (impressively getting the Brits on board with her performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher).
When I did pick winners solely on preference -- disregarding the Oscar prognosticators' consensus - results were mixed. For instance, the lovely Northern Irish short "The Shore" won best live action short, but the inventive and exceptionally fun animated short "A Morning Stroll" lost to a "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore."
I went 16-for-24 on the long ballot that appeared in The Bee. I plan to do better next year, when I will leave emotion out of it. (As if that's possible when discussing movies).
In the meantime, see the trailers above for "The Shore" and "A Morning Stroll." You can see both at the Crest Theatre, which is showing all the live-action and animated Oscar shorts.