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If someone or something is considered to be a shoo-in in a competition, he, she or it is viewed as being a sure or guaranteed winner. One could say, for example:

The Iranian film
A Separation was said to be a shoo-in for an Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards.

In other words, it was predicted by many people that this film by Iranian director Asghar Fahradi would be
a sure or guaranteed winner of an Oscar in this category of the Academy Awards. It was a shoo-in. Today, the day after the awards ceremony,we can say that this film is the winner of the Oscar for the Best Foreign Film. There were other individuals or films that were said to be shoo-ins at last night’s Academy Awards. Some are spoken about in the youtube film below. Did these shoo-ins win?

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