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posted: 3/10/2014 6:01 PM

Predict the Oscars Contest Announces Winner at Lindo Theatre

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Amy Falk

Speeches were made, "selfies" taken, pizza shared and the 2014 Oscars ceremony has now come to a close. After hours of sorting and counting, Classic Cinemas is proud to announce the winners of the Annual "Predict the Oscars" contest. Freeport resident Barb Richardson takes home the prize for the Lindo Theatre, and will receive a yearlong movie pass for one valid at any Classic Cinemas theatre, and two passes to the Brookfield Zoo. Richardson submitted her ballot at 115 Chicago Avenue in Freeport.

"This year's group of Oscar winners was a bit 'more predictable' than others, which opened the field for more patrons to receive prizes for their correct predictions," explained Classic Cinemas Vice President Chris Johnson. "We were quite impressed by the number of patrons who participated in our annual Oscar contest, and are pleased that movies continue to engage, enlighten and entertain our loyal customers."

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This year, winners range from 27 to 80 years old, and over 7,608 ballots were cast during the six-week contest. In order to win, customers needed to predict all seven categories correctly: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Animated Film.

Richardson sees several movies throughout the year with three girlfriends. "I do see quite a few movies," the first-time winner said. "I thought I had a good chance to win after watching the Oscars. I'm excited."

Classic Cinemas received 255 correct ballots this year, and each of the 13 theatres selected one winner from the correct ballots at that location. The remaining correct ballots entered at the Lindo Theatre will receive a pair of movie passes to any Classic Cinemas location and a pair of tickets to the Brookfield Zoo.

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