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Colorado Rockies reliever John Axford correctly predicts 17 winners

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Can't always bat 1.000, especially for a pitcher.

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UPDATE: Axford correctly picked 17 awards this year.

Colorado Rockies spring training non-roster invitee and experienced MLB closer John Axford might not have the greatest save percentage these days, but he's perfect when it comes to the Oscars.

The 31-year-old reliever and knowledgeable film buff went a perfect 18-for-18 in his predictions for the 2014 Oscar winners. This year, with the help of Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune, Axford published his picks in fancy fashion.

Axford, in his words, was called out by a vocal minority for not predicting all 24 categories last year, so he decided give in to those critics and guess all 24 this time around. His picks:

Writing - Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Writing - Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game

Visual Effects: Interstellar

Sound Mixing: American Sniper

Sound Editing: American Sniper

Short Film - Live Action: The Phone Call

Short Film - Animated: Feast

Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Music - Original Song: "Glory"

Music - Original Score: The Theory of Everything

Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Foreign Language Film: Ida

Film Editing: Boyhood

Documentary - Short subject: Crisis Hotline

Documentary - Feature: CitizenFour

Directing: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cinematography: Birdman

Animated Feature Film: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette

Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons

Lead Actress: Julianne Moore

Lead Actor: Michael Keaton

Best Picture: Boyhood

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