With the excitement of Valentine’s Weekend wrapping up and all of us long past caring whether a rodent saw his shadow or not, we can turn our attention fully to winter’s other great pastime: Predicting who will win Academy Awards this year.

The 91st annual awards, affectionately known as the “Oscars,” will be given out Feb. 24 in Hollywood (that show airs live on ABC, starting at 7 p.m. Tune in at 6 p.m. for Red Carpet fashions and lame pre-show interviews).

Better even than wondering if Glenn Close will finally win an Academy Award, however, is entering our Kenosha News Oscar Contest. It’s free. And it’s fun. And there are prizes. We’ve even printed an Oscar Contest Ballot right here on this page for you!

To enter, just send in your votes for the Oscars in these categories:

Best Picture: “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born,” “Vice”

Actor: Christian Bale, “Vice”; Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”; Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”; Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”; Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

Actress: Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”; Glenn Close, “The Wife”; Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”; Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”; Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”; Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”; Sam Elliott, “A Star is Born”; Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, “Vice”; Marina De Tavira, “Roma”; Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Emma Stone, “The Favourite”; Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”; Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”; Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”; Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”; Adam McKay, “Vice”

Animated Feature Film: “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Mirai,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse”

Original Song: “All the Stars” from “Black Panther”; “I’ll Fight” from “RBG”; “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”; “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”; “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”

Documentary Feature: “Free Solo,” “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” “Minding the Gap,” “Of Fathers and Sons,” “RBG”

Cinematography: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”; Matthew Libatique, “A Star is Born”; Robbie Ryan, “The Favourite”; Caleb Deschanel, “Never Look Away”; Lukasz Zal, “Cold War”

Tie-breaker: How many Oscars will “Roma” win? It’s nominated for 10 awards.

What you’re playing for: A “Movie Night Gift Basket,” stuffed with popcorn and other snacks, movie passes and some Kenosha News swag.

Answers are due before the Oscar show starts at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, so brush up on your knowledge of cinematography and the finer points of crafting a feature-length documentary.

Send Oscar predictions to: Elizabeth Snyder, Kenosha News, 5800 Seventh Ave., Kenosha, WI., 53140. As always, you can bring your list in person to the newsroom, or send email to: esnyder@kenoshanews.com. Have questions? Call 262-656-6271.

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