2014 Academy Awards: My Predictions

Posted: February 25, 2014 in award season, movies

The 2014 Academy Awards is almost here! Thus is time to make my predictions. While usually the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards gives us a general sense as to who the winners will be. Hopefully there will be some surprises come show time. Check back Sunday after the ceremony for my the winners and for my thoughts.

MY PREDICTIONS

BEST PICTURE

  • 12 Years A Slave
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

 

What Will Win: American Hustle or 12 Years A Slave
What Should Win: Gravity. There’s no way it will win, but it should.

 

BEST ACTOR

  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

 

Who Will Win: Matthew McConaughey
Who Should Win: As much as I want want want want WANT Leo to win an Oscar, this is Matthew McConaughey’s year. He should and WILL win.

 

BEST ACTRESS

  • Amy Adams, American Hustle
  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

 

Who Will Win: Cate Blanchett
Who Should Win: I really really want Sandra Bullock to win, I thought her work and performance on Gravity was extraordinary. However, this is a tough tough category as I’d LOVE to see Amy Adams win an Oscar and Meryl’s performance is the only thing that makes August: Osage County worth watching. Plus Cate did pull out all the stops in Blue Jasmine even if I couldn’t stand the movie. This is a tough, tough category. (I said it earlier, but it bears repeating.)

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
  • Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

 

Who Will Win: Jared Leto
Who Should Win: Jared Leto. His performance in DBC is worthy of the Oscar and frankly blows all these other performances out of the water. The only actor who comes even remotely close to Jared’s performance would be Barkhad Abdi. For a newcomer, what he did in Captain Phillips was amazing.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
  • Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
  • June Squibb, Nebraska

 

Who Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence or Lupita Nyong’o
Who Should Win: This is another tough category as well, but my love for Jennifer Lawrence gives her that much more of an edge over Lupita Nyong’o. But as great as Lupita’s performance was in 12 Years a Slave, Lawrence’s is the one that show such a wide range, and is a performance I will remember.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
  • Alexander Payne, Nebraska
  • David O. Russell, American Hustle
  • Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

 

Who Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron or Steve McQueen
Who Should Win: Alfonso Cuaron. Again, this is a tough category as all of these directors are beloved in Hollywood. But the technological accomplishments Cuaron made with Gravity are astounding. He deserves to win.

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
  • July Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
  • Terrence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Billy Ray, Captain Phillips
  • Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope, Philomena

 

Who Will Win: John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
Who Should Win: John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave, or Billy Ray, Captain Phillips. Both movies the strength was in the story as opposed to the performances. I’d be happy if either won.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • David O. Russell & Eric Singer, American Hustle
  • Bob Nelson, Nebraska
  • Spike Jonze, Her
  • Craig Borten & Melissa Wallack, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine

 

Who Will Win: Woody Allen for Blue Jasmine, or David and Eric for American Hustle.
Who Should Win: Ugh, this is tough. I feel like the academy will want to vote for Woody, just to see if he will show up. But I really would like to see either Dallas Buyer’s Club or Her take it. Both were extremely well written.

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • The Wind Rises
  • Frozen
  • Despicable Me 2
  • The Croods
  • Ernest & Celestine

 

Who Will Win: Frozen
Who Should Win: Frozen. Just let it go, Frozen will win (See what I did there? See what I did?)

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster
  • Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
  • Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Roger Deakins, Prisoners
  • Phedon Papamichael, Nebraska

 

Who Will Win: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Who Should Win: Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity. I mean, come on, no brainer. This movie wasn’t a swap a lens, put on a filter, adjust a light kind of movie. This award needs to go to Lubezki.

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
  • Patricia Norris, 12 Years a Slave
  • William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster
  • Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle
  • Michael O’Conner, The Invisible Woman

 

Who Will Win: Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle
Who Should Win: Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle. Just ask Amy Adams boobs, I’m sure they’d agree. Joking aside, the dresses were gorgeous and he made everyone in that movie look good.

 

BEST HAIR AND MAKE-UP STYLING

  • Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny, The Lone Ranger
  • Stephen Prouty, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  • Adruitha Lee and Robin Matthews, Dallas Buyers Club

 

Who Will Win: No idea.
Who Should Win: Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casney for The Lone Ranger, and I say this as a completely BIASED person. I’ve worked with these people and they’re amazing. Joel and Gloria FTW!

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • American Hustle — Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
  • Gravity — Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
  • The Great Gatsby — Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
  • Her — Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
  • 12 Years a Slave — Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

 

Who Will Win: American Hustle
Who Should Win: Her. I thought the production design on her was really original. It looked both in the future and in the past, making it feel timeless.

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • GravityTim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug — Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
  • Iron Man 3 — Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
  • The Lone Ranger — Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
  • Star Trek Into Darkness — Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

 

Who Will Win: Gravity
Who Should Win: Gravity. Come on. It’s Gravity people.

 

The Oscars is on this Sunday, March 2. Be there or…well not be there. But you know you wanna be there! It gives you an excuse to have a party and a drink. Or just a drink.

 

 

 

 

 

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