My Oscar Predictions

by taynement February 26, 2014   Movies

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Award season has been fun but it will all come to a head now, on Sunday March 2nd when the Academy Awards air on ABC. Every year I try to make my predictions in the major categories and I do okay. Last year, I only missed the best director nominations. I can tell you for sure that this year, I don’t have as much confidence as I have in previous years. As always, every category has its front runner but every award show has had its different winners. You don’t see me complaining though because I am all for surprises at award shows. Well here are my picks:

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

My Pick: Jared Leto. There’s no point going against the grain. He has won almost every award in this category. If it were up to me, I’d give it to Fassbender but as I just read somewhere, it’ll be weird to give the white guy the award in a slave movie not long after giving another white guy the award in a similar slave movie in Django Unchained. Anyways, if there’s going to be a surprise, I would love for it to be Barkhad Abdi. I love his story and it’ll just be an awesome end to his ride.

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

My pick: Lupita Nyong’o. I am not confident in this choice. It’s neck to neck between her and Jennifer Lawrence. The Academy loves them some Jennifer, so it could be her. This is usually the weakest category of the show but also the nicest to break out stars. So yea, it’s going to be, between these two.

Best Director

David O. Russell – American Hustle

Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity

Alexander Payne – Nebraska

Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave

Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

My pick: This is really Alfonso Cuaron’s to lose. You can’t deny his end product with what he did that was mostly CGI. If there was to be a surprise, I’d hope for Alexander McQueen. Fun fact: If Alfonso wins, he will be the first Hispanic director in 86 years and Alexander McQueen would be the first black person if he won.

Best Actress

Amy Adams – American Hustle

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock – Gravity

Judi Dench – Philomena

Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

My pick: Well Cate Blanchett. If there’s going to be a surprise, for some reason Gravity has picked up some massive steam in the last few week but I think it’ll still be Cate Blanchett, in spite of the Woody Allen scandal.

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

My pick: Matthew McConaughey. Ok – no joke. I woke up in the middle night and I think I had a dream. I woke up with the thought “Leo is going to win the Oscar”. See, the Oscars are known for rewarding actors with an “I’m sorry we didn’t give you an Oscar when you deserved it, so here’s one when you really deserve it”. The problem this year is that the deserving winner (McConaughey) is also a charmer with a great back story, giving his career an over haul. So yep, McConaughey for the win and if there’s a surprise it would be Leonardo DiCaprio and a 1% chance of Chiwetel Ejiofor (my personal surprise pick)

Best Picture

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

My pick: 12 years a slave. It’s funny cause at one point in time American Hustle was a front runner. Somehow, it pulled back and now best picture is between Gravity and 12 Years a Slave (which I completely don’t understand)

Well, that’s it folks. Whatchu think and Watchu got?


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