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 announces the winners of the annual "Predict the Oscars" contest.
St. Charles resident Rosemary Leppert takes home the prize for the Charlestowne 18 Theatre, and will receive a yearlong movie pass for one valid at any Classic Cinemas theatre, and two passes to the Brookfield Zoo. Leppert submitted her ballot at the Charlestowne 18 Theatre, 3740 E. Main St. in St. Charles.
"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.
"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.
Leppert said she tries to visit the Charlestowne 18 every Friday and has done so for the last five years. The 80-year-old mother of 10, and grandmother of 20, likes to advise her family on what good movies are playing.
Riverside resident Ed Kunevich takes home the prize for the Ogden 6 Theatre, and will receive a yearlong movie pass for one valid at any Classic Cinemas theatre, and two passes to the Brookfield Zoo. Kunevich submitted his ballot at 1227 E. Ogden Ave in Naperville.
At 71 years old, Kunevich considers himself a movie buff and said he has seen a lot of movies over the years, including four of the 2014 Oscar winning films. He visits the Ogden 6 and North Riverside Mall Theatres at least once a month with his wife and granddaughters. Kunevich entered two ballots this year and was surprised to learn he won.
"There are only a limited amount of questions asked, and I figured a number of people would probably get the right answer but I hadn't considered the odds of winning," said Kunevich.