Here are former Boston Globe movie critic Michael Blowen's predictions on winners at Sunday's Academy Awards, plus his personal best and worst list.
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle
Best movie of all time: Chinatown, 1974, in which Jack Nicholson plays a 1930s L.A. private investigator looking into the death of Faye Dunaway's husband. "Every time I see it, I think I'm looking at a different movie," Blowen said. "There's so much in it. I've seen it I don't know how many times. It's like reading a great novel."
Worst movie of all time: Date With an Angel, 1987. A comic fantasy in which Emmanuelle Beart plays an angel who crashes into a pool at night and helps a young man about to be married and swallowed up by his future father-in-law's business. "All I can remember about the movie is that she injures her wing, and throughout the whole movie, she makes this sound (whimpers like a puppy)," Blowen said. "Please, shoot me now."
Best movie with a horse as a central character or horse-racing theme: Casey's Shadow, 1978, in which Walter Matthau plays a down-on-his-luck horse trainer who may have a shot at glory with a quarter horse. "It's based on the family of jockey Randy Romero," Blowen said. "And I love Walter Matthau. He brings so much to this movie."
Most underrated movie: The Killing, 1956. "Great, great movie with Sterling Hayden, and it's one of (director) Stanley Kubrick's first movies," Blowen said. "It's about a robbery at a racetrack."