Sunday, March 2, 2014

Oscar Predictions

It's here! It's here! I'm so excited! Tonight is the 86th Annual Academy Awards! Here is my list of predictions. Fortunately, I was able to see the vast majority of nominated films. There are still a couple I want to see, but didn't get to in time for the Oscars, so I'll have to watch them later. So pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back, and enjoy the Oscars with me!

Bold means I have seen the film and highlighted means my prediction for the Oscar.

Best Picture

This is a tough one. It's a close race between 12 Years and Hustle, but I'm choosing to vote with what SHOULD win! Hustle might be chosen just because it's fresher in their mind's, but really 12 Years deserves it.

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor in a Leading Role

This is another toss up between Ejiofor and McConaughey, and both are equally deserving, but I think McConaughey has it.

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)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

No question here after snagging both the SAG and Golden Globe, Cate is going to three-peat. Congratulations Cate on your win tonight!

Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August Osage County)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Jared Leto wins tonight, but in my opinion it could just have easily gone to Michael Fassbender. Two very different roles, but equally well portrayed.

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)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Of all the decisions, this is the one I am most torn. You all know how much I love JLaw and I would be stoked if she won; however, Lupita's performance was out of this world and she really deserves this one. 

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)

Best Animated Feature


The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

Best Cinematography

Gravity is going to sweep for technical awards.

The Grandmaster
Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Costume Design

OMG AMAZING! Martin is an incredible designer and she will win hands down.

American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave

Best Director

Alfonso takes it, even though I personally identified with the choices of McQueen.

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

Best Documentary Feature

Didn't make it to the others (YET!) but I think it would be hard to compete with Stardom.

The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Best Documentary Short

Still need to find these to watch!

Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Best Film Editing

Gravity takes another technical award.

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave

Best Foreign Language Film

La Italia!

The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

If Adruitha and Robin don't win this, there is no justice in this world. Although there is already no justice because Lone Survivor wasn't nominated.

Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

Best Original Score

All the scores in this category are beautiful, but Gravity wins again!

The Book Thief
Saving Mr. Banks

Best Original Song

Uuh! Get it Idina!

Alone Yet Not Alone (Alone Yet Not Alone)
Happy (Despicable Me 2)
Let it Go (Frozen)
The Moon Song (Her)
Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Production Design

Martin wins by a landslide. Gatsby was one of the most beautiful production designs I have since in years. Absolutely astonishing.

American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
12 Years a Slave

Best Animated Short Film

Disney takes this one for innovation.

Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom

Best Live Action Short Film

Martin Freeman - Duh.

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Best Sound Editing

Since the whole movie is basically sounds instead of dialogue, Gravity wins by sheer quantity of work as well as quality.

All is Lost
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

Best Sound Mixing

Gravity again, but I was really impressed by Lone Survivor. Glad they got a nod in both sound categories.

Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

Best Visual Effects

Are you sick of me saying Gravity yet?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Adapted Screenplay

Such a hard one to watch, but such an incredible and moving experience in that theater seat.

Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay

I personally liked Buyers Club over American Hustle, but the Academy doesn't agree with me on this.

American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club