As we come to the end of February the most prestigious night in movies is right around the corner…literally. The 86th Academy Awards – hosted by Ellen DeGeneres – will hit the small screen on March 2 to honour the best of the best in cinema over the year.
The one question on everyone’s mind leading up to the big day is who is going to win. Over the course of the award season there have been some patterns forming, but some categories are still blown wide open. Having watched five of the nine Best Movie Oscar nominations I thought I could give some insight on who I want to win, and who I think will actually win the big ones.
Let’s start off with Best Supporting Actress. This category is filled to the brim with talented actresses. From Jennifer Lawrence to Julia Roberts and new girl on the block Lupita Nyong’o there is some stiff competition. I think this award has to go to Lupita. I’ve watched both American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave and as much as I love Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita gave the better performance. She was raw, emotional, and just absolutely heartbreaking to watch on the screen – not to mention she has been KILLING it on the red carpets this season. But this is the Oscars and Jennifer Lawrence has taken home the Golden Globe and the BAFTA for her role in the David O’Russell flick, so I think at this point it is anyone’s gain. I do believe the odds are favouring Lupita though – or so I hope.
Next up is Best Supporting Actor. Once again this is a really strong category; Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips, Bradley Cooper in American Hustle, Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave, Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street, and Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club. I would like to see the award go to either Fassbender or Leto. Their performances in their respective films were absolutely superb and I couldn’t find a fault if the golden statue went to either on the day. The BAFTA’s went for underdog Barkhad Abdi for Best Supporting Actor, but you have to wonder if it was because Leto wasn’t nominated as he has been sweeping the floor this season. Leto definitely has the advantage going into Sunday’s award show as Fassbender has made it perfectly clear that he doesn’t care about the Oscars after he was snubbed for Shame (I don’t blame him, he deserved a nomination for that movie). I think we will definitely be seeing Jared Leto on that stage Sunday night winning the coveted prize.
I’m going to head on over to a rather fun category now, mostly because I’m a kid at heart: Best Animated Film! The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, Frozen, and the Wind Rises are nominated this year and as much as I love those minions I have a feeling Frozen has this in the bag. Disney nailed it on the head once again with their newest princess and I think it is safe to say “Let It Go” is going to win best song. Now I’m probably a little biased considering I have been listening to the soundtrack non-stop, but I really do think it has what it takes to win the Oscar!
Alfonso Cuarón has been kicking major ass this award season winning Best Director all over the place – and for good reason. Gravity was visually stunning and horrifying all at the same time. I think he might just be a shoo in for the Oscar as well, but I’m still holding out hope for Steven McQueen and 12 Years a Slave. I couldn’t even begin to describe how much that movie moved me, but unfortunately I don’t think McQueen will be able to beat out Cuarón. Lest not forget the other heavyweights in the category: David O. Russell, Alexander Payne, and the one and only Martin Scorsese.
Shall we move on to the holy trinity of accolades at the Oscars? I believe we shall.
Let’s start with the women in the Best Actress category. Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, and of course Meryl Streep. What a group of women; they should all be honoured enough being in that category together. JUST LOOK AT ALL THOSE LEGENDARY PEOPLE. Even though I have not watched the film I’m pretty sure we will see Cate Blanchett up there to accept her award from the dashing Daniel Day Lewis. She has certainly been cleaning up with awards season. I personally would love to see Meryl Streep win the Oscar because her performance in August: Osage County was absolutely ridiculous – in the best sense. Alas, I do believe it will be Blanchett who wins, but you never know what the Academy has up their sleeves!
And now on to them men – oh how this is a tight race. Other than Best Picture (which I will talk about in a second) I think that this is definitely one of the tightest races we will see, definitely a photo finish. Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Matthew McConaughey are all up for the main prize and I honestly have no idea who is going to win. I want Chiwetel to win – I want him to win SO bad because he really deserves it. He gives a master class in acting in 12 Years a Slave, conveying so much emotion with just a look to the camera. Such a haunting, memorable performance. I have no idea if he is going to win because there are two other favourites going into Sunday: DiCaprio and McConaughey. Could this be Leo’s time to shine? Could Matthew McConaughey win an Oscar? It’s possible. If they do win it definitely won’t be undeserving, but I really do think that Ejiofor out acted them. I’m not a member of the Academy though (unfortunately) and so the decision lies in their hands -I definitely do not envy their job.
And now the moment you have all been waiting for – my prediction for Best Movie! Would you hit me if I said I have absolutely no idea? Because I really don’t have a clue. It was such a strong movie year with nine nominations on the ballot: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street. My favourite if these movies was definitely 12 Years a Slave, but I wouldn’t necessarily be sad if it went to Dallas Buyers Club or Gravity. American Hustle could also surprise and take the cake. This category is really blown wide open – it is anyone’s for the taking. Isn’t it exciting!? The one thing I’m slightly disappointed about this category is the lack of August: Osage County because I LOVED that movie; dysfunctional families are always the most entertaining thing.
So there you have it, this is who I think will be walking away with golden statues on Sunday night in LA. Who do you think will be the winners of the night? Do you agree with my picks? Do you think there will be any upsets? Let us know in the comments below!
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