Tuesday, January 14

2014 Oscar Nominee Predictions

I am in dangerous new territory here. Last year was my first time putting together a list of who will win the Oscars to pretty great success predicting all but 2 and a half categories (who could possibly foresee a tie in sound editing?) correctly. I want to follow up that success by doing something I have never done before; predict who will be nominated for the Academy Awards in the major categories.
I do not have much insight in what will happen in the technical and short subject categories so I think I will just leave those categories alone for now. I have also yet to see any of the foreign language and documentary features this year as well so I feel as if I am unable to make a decision on those categories as well.
Like it has been said many times before last year was an excellent year at the movies and it is frustrating that some brilliant films will be left out of being recognized when it comes to awards (hence the reason I have yet to make a top 10 list for last year...it’s coming) but that is the game that we play. So, now I am going to attempt the daunting task of predicting the Academy’s taste for the 2013 year at the movies. Here we go:

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Saving Mr. Banks
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street
Dallas Buyers Club

Lowdown: Any of the possibles can sneak in to the Best Picture race but I think that this is a 7 picture race this year.

Best Director
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Joel and Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Lowdown: The most vulnerable in this category are the Coen Brothers. Does the Academy dig Inside Llewyn Davis or do they want to reward the work of one the other brilliant directors this year?

Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Robert Redford (All is Lost)
Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniel’s The Butler)
Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Lowdown: Depending on how much love the Academy has for American Hustle I think Bale has the best chance of crashing the party.

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
Judi Dench (Philomena)

Lowdown: Once again it depends on how much love the Academy has for American Hustle.

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
Bradley Cooper ( American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Tom Hanks ( Saving Mr. Banks)

Lowdown: I think this category is pretty much set on these five nominees.

Best Supporting Actress
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels The Butler)
Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station)
Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave)

Lowdown: The best chance for the brilliant Fruitvale Station to be recognized...probably won’t though.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Before Midnight
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
The Wolf of Wall Street
August:Osage County
Lone Survivor

Best Original Screenplay
Blue Jasmine
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
Dallas Buyers Club

Best Animated Feature
Monsters University
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
The Wind Rises

Lowdown: Wasn’t the best year for Animation but I think Frozen and Monsters University will be in and The Croods is the most vulnerable to be out of the race.

Oscar Nominations will be announced bright and early on Thursday morning.

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