Feel Lucky? Predict the Oscars and Win Some Cool Prizes From Classic Cinemas

Free movie tickets, $200 to Francesca's, zoo tickets—grab a ballot and make your picks. Nominees are listed below.

(Courtesy of Classic Cinemas)
(Courtesy of Classic Cinemas)

Think you have a good idea who is going home a big winner at the 86th annual Academy Awards? Put your premonitions to the test, and you could win be a winner too, thanks to Classic Cinemas.

Nominees were announced Jan. 16, and comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will host the Academy Awards on March 2. Thousands of movie-goers will turn in their ballots to the 13 Classic Cinemas locations, which will reveal the winners soon after the ceremony. 

Movie lovers have until March 1 to enter. Grand prize is free movies for two people for a year at any Classic Cinemas theatre location, including the York Theatre, 150 N. York in Elmhurst. The grand prize winner also will receive a $200 gift card good at any of the 20 Chicago area Francesca’s Restaurants. Francesca's Amici in Elmhurst is at 174 N. York. 

Just select who you think will win in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Animated Film. Each of the 13 Classic Cinemas locations will select one correct ballot for entry in the grand prize drawing. 

Twelve second-place winners will each receive a movie pass for one for the entire year. And, every correct entry will receive a pair of tickets to Brookfield Zoo and a pair of movie passes to any Classic Cinemas location. Winning ballots will be drawn March 3 and announced later that week.

Patrons can complete and deposit their ballots in the lobby of any of the 13 Classic Cinemas theaters starting this Friday, Jan. 24, through the end of business March 1. Entrants must be at least 16 years old, and only one entry per day is allowed. Contest rules are on back of ballots and posted in the theatre lobbies. 


Best Picture

  • American Hustle
  • Nebraska
  • Captain Phillips
  • Philomena
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Gravity
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Her

Best Director

  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Best Actor

  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Actress

  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)

Best Animated Film

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises


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