Two weeks ago I would have said this was a shoe-in for Bruce Dern, the sentimental choice, but then the Golden Globes shook everything up, with DiCaprio and Matthew M. winning. So, this is a wide-open race. I’m going to predict Matthew M. He’s been slowly getting back on the public’s radars and he’s a likeable guy.
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Well, I’ve been saying for a while that I feel the true deserving party of this award was Dasha Kittredge in GREEN EYES, but alas, that indie film was not eligible for Academy consideration. Of this group, it’s probably between Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita. Also, Julia Roberts really shouldn’t be here. Her performance was not a supporting role at all.
It’s become something of a running issue with me that every year I lament the lack of women in this category, and in the next. Well, from this group of men, I’d really like to see Steve McQueen win. It would be nice for the first black director to win, and he has a famous name. But many seem to be saying Alfonso Cuaron will win, which might give GRAVITY an edge on its own race. I’d be happy with Russell winning as well.
Once again, it’s sad to not see any women in this category. Well, my personal choice would be INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS; I’ve always loved all of Delbonnel’s work. But I’d be happy with it going to PRISONERS, simply because Roger Deakins is the veteran bridesmaid who’s never been rewarded. However, I fear this might go to GRAVITY due to voters confusing special effects for good cinematography.
Best Original Screenplay
Probably HER will win; it won the Golden Globe, and it’s the kind of original story and small film that gets attention.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Film
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Original Score
I didn’t like THE BOOK THIEF’s score at all, and I don’t like John Williams. Maybe SAVING MR. BANKS might take this one.
Best Original Song
“Let It Go” is already a popular song and gotten a lot of covers, but I like “The Moon Song.”
Best Sound Mixing
Best Sound Editing
Best Visual Effects
Ooh, this is a tough one. Well, GRAVITY is the most respected of these movies, yet part of me would really like to see THE HOBBIT win something. Then again, IRON MAN 3 might sneak in there just because it was the highest grossing film of the year, and voters may want to reward that.
THE ACT OF KILLING is my prediction.
And last, but certainly not least…
Captain Phillips (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
These nine films are more or less what I expected. It seems to be a two-way race between AMERICAN HUSTLE and 12 YEARS A SLAVE, but I could see GRAVITY taking this, considering it already has a lead on the Best Director race. Honestly, this is a generally good group of films; there isn’t a single one here that I hate, so I wouldn’t mind any of them pulling an upset. But, I’m here to make predictions so…I’m putting my bet on 12 YEARS A SLAVE.
See you all after the Academy Awards on March 2nd.