It’s another year of Oscar predictions, even if it is a little late. I’m not great at these intro’s, so just read on! 🙂
BEST PICTURE: “12 Years a Slave” is 2013’s most powerful film, portraying the terror of a free man being uprooted from his life and being thrown into slavery. For this close race, competition is found in “American Hustle,” a story of con artists displaying the idea that if you don’t like who you are, change it; become someone else. It is also found in “Gravity,” a visually marvellous film – but I don’t think it deserves the win because the story simply isn’t all there (at least as far as I’m concerned). By the way: My favourite film in this category is “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Who will win: “12 Years a Slave”; Who should win: “12 Years a Slave”
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: This category is a strong, close race this year. Chiwetel Ejiofor portrayed Solomon Northup in “12 Years a Slave” with a true beauty; Christian Bale was great and nearly unrecognizable in “American Hustle”, but it isn’t his year; I haven’t seen “Nebraska,” but I learned he plays his character in “Nebraska” with a great simplicity. The race is close between Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyer’s Club” and Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” McConaughey’s portrayal of Ron Woodroof, who helped many people affected by AIDS after being diagnosed with it himself. If he does win, cue the “Alright, alright, alriiiiiiight.” Leonardo DiCaprio was simply fantastic as Jordan Belfort in “Wolf,” and he showed us a side of himself we haven’t seen before. I’m not sure if the Academy will appreciate the edginess of DiCaprio, but I hope they do, because he truly deserves the Oscar this year. Who will win: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyer’s Club”. Who should win: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: It seems that Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) will win this year, she looks to be the favourite. I haven’t seen the film yet, but I hear good things. I enjoyed the performances given by everyone else in this category, the performance given by Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” was one of the only aspects I liked about that film, and the same can be said about Meryl Streep. Who will win: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”. Who should win: C. Blanchett., “Blue Jasmine”.
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Jared Leto’s performance in “Dallas Buyers Club” was moving and fantastic. It was a great year for this category, and I really wouldn’t mind seeing Michael Fassbender winning for “12 Years a Slave,” because he was great and utterly unsettling in scenes. Nor would I mind seeing Barkhad Abdi winning for “Captain Phillips,” because even in his first role, he’s already quite experienced; and winning a BAFTA for one’s first ever movie role is pretty flipping awesome.
Who will win: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”. Who should win: J. Leto, “Dallas Buyers”.
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Jennifer Lawrence could come away from this one with a win, an undeserved one, mind you. I love Jennifer Lawrence, and while I thought she was good in “American Hustle” and often maniacally entertaining, I don’t understand the hooplah and high praise for the performance. I guess it doesn’t matter how much screen time someone has, it has to do with the presence when they’re on-screen. I think the Academy will reward her because everyone likes it when history is made – she’d be the youngest woman to have two Oscars. Anyway, I think Lupita Nyong’o deserves it. She was just fantastic, I thought (even though I neglected to mention her great performance and friendship to Solomon in my review). I wouldn’t be mad to see Julia Roberts win, either. Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”. Who should win: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Let’s go “Frozen”! I think its strongest competition comes from “The Wind Rises.” I loved “Frozen” half to death, so I think it really deserves it. The Academy owes the “Frozen” team from giving the Oscar to “Brave” last year. And I think they have to also make up for nominating “The Croods” instead of “Monsters University” this year. Who will win: “Frozen”.
Best Achievement in Visual Effects: “Gravity” has this in the bag. I might have not loved the film, but it was a visual marvel. I just didn’t like how Alfonso Cuarón relied on visual effects to tell his story. Who will win: “Gravity”.
Best Achievement in Costume Design: I think “The Great Gatsby” has this one in the bag, because it portrayed the Roaring Twenties with such beauty. “Gatsby” deserves this one. Who will win: “The Great Gatsby”.
Best Achievement for Directing: Alfonso Cuarón will probably for directing “Gravity,” because he delivered a truly unique experience. If he does win, and “12 Years a Slave” wins for Best Picture, it’ll be the second year in a row that the Best Picture award and Best Director don’t go hand in hand (and before last year, that hadn’t happened since 2005). Who will win: Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”.
Best Documentary, Feature: I haven’t seen any of these documentaries, so it seems as if it’s between “20 Feet to Stardom” and “The Act of Killing.” I really just decided which one’s going to win by which one sounds most interesting or the thing the Academy might like the most… I think “Killing” sounds great because, while the general premise doesn’t fully intrigue me, it sounds seriously great because it has many different genres. Who will win: “The Act of Killing”.
Best Documentary, Short: It seems like “The Lady in 6: Music Saved My Life,” which follows the oldest Holocaust survivor, is apparently very moving and inspirational; and looks like it has a great chance at winning this year. Since I haven’t seen any of these short documentary subjects, I’ll just say this one will win. Who will win: “The Lady in 6: Music Saved My Life”.
Best Achievement in Cinematography: “Gravity”
Best Short Film, Animated: The short film that played before “Frozen,” a Mickey Mouse short called “Get a Horse!” is really fun and will probably win this year. Who will win: “Get a Horse!”
Best Short Film, Live Action: “Helium” is a short film from Denmark that looks really moving, so I think it’s going to win this year. Who will win: “Helium”.
Best Achievement in Editing: It looks like this just might be the only Oscar “Captain Phillips” wins, and I think it at least deserves one. Who will win: “Captain Phillips”.
Best Adapted Screenplay: It seems like “12 Years a Slave” will win this year, because the screenplay is just powerfully engrossing. “The Wolf of Wall Street” was also a great adaptation, so it would be nice to see “Wolf” win at least one this year. Who will win: “12 Years a Slave.”
Best Original Screenplay: This one is a tight race, because “Dallas Buyer’s Club” is powerful; but “Her” is brilliant and original in almost every way. I hope it wins, because it’s just brilliantly written. Who will win: “Her”.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score: I was most moved by Arcade Fire’s score for “Her,” so that would be really cool if it wins. Since I was most compelled by this score, I’m predicting it to win. My prediction: “Her”.
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: It looks like Denmark’s “The Hunt” (Jagten) will win this year. Who will win: “The Hunt”.
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyer’s Club” made Jared Leto into a convincing transsexual, but he’s already kinda pretty on his own. “The Lone Ranger” made Johnny Depp look pretty cool, but meh, I didn’t like the film as a whole, at all. Steve Prouty made the made a 42 year-old Johnny Knoxville in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” into a believable 86 year-old man. I don’t think the Academy has the balls nearly the size of Knoxville’s prosthetic ones to make a Jackass movie an Oscar-winning film. Who can blame them, though? Because I don’t think even I could imagine it being an Oscar-winning movie, but it would be pretty cool to see. Who will win: “Dallas Buyers Club”. Who should win: “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.”
Best Achievement in Sound Editing: “Gravity” has some pretty good competition in “Lone Survivor,” and war films usually do well in this category – I thought the sound editing in “LS” was extraordinary, because it really brought the audience into the film. It seems that usually Sound Editing and Sound Mixing can go hand in hand, so I predicted “Lone Survivor” to win Sound Editing, and “Gravity” to win the Oscar for Sound Mixing. So, I think I’ll at least be correct with one of the categories!
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: I think “Let It Go” will win this win from the film “Frozen,” because it depicts female empowerment and independence. It’s also really freaking good. “The Moon Song” from “Her” is great, too, so that could win. “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 is catchy, but I don’t think it’ll win. Who will win: Let it Go, “Frozen”.