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Predict the Oscars Contest Announces Grand Prize Winner at Elk Grove 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. Rolling Meadows resident Kimberly Perlich takes home the Grand Prize and will receive a yearlong movie pass for two valid at any Classic Cinemas theatre, two passes to the Brookfield Zoo and a $200 gift certificate good at any Chicagoland Francesca's Restaurant. Perlich submitted her ballot at the Elk Grove Theatre, located at 1050 Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove, IL.

"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.

"I have been entering this [Predict the Oscars] contest for years and I thoroughly enjoy going to the movies," Perlich declares. "I've won a few times in the past, and have enjoyed the single-pass prize for the year. It's a fantastic, wonderful surprise that I won the Grand Prize and my husband is SO excited to be joining me to enjoy the movies this year."

In assessing the winning performances, Perlich notes that, "when watching '12 Years a Slave,' I was struck by how powerful and disturbing a film it was, and that every emotion in me was being affected, which made me realize that it would win." She continues, "When I saw Blue Jasmine, I thought Cate Blanchett successfully transformed herself totally into her character and, just like Matthew McConaughey, was a difficult character to watch. That's when I knew these were award-worthy performances."

Perlich only filled out one ballot for the 2014 Predict the Oscars Contest, and has been mesmerized by the storytelling of movies since she was a small child.

Classic Cinemas received 255 correct ballots this year, and each of the 13 theatres selected one winner from the correct ballots at that location. Those winners received a single yearlong movie pass valid at any Classic Cinemas theatre and passes to the Brookfield Zoo. The remaining correct ballots entered 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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