2014 Oscar Nominations and Predictions

OscarThe Academy Award noms were announced this morning, and consist mostly of the expected names.  Let’s go down the list and discuss each category.

Best Actor


Bruce Dern for Nebraska (2013)

Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

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 Actress


Sandra Bullock for Gravity (2013)

Judi Dench for Philomena (2013)

Meryl Streep for August: Osage County (2013)

Without a doubt, this will go to Cate Blanchett.  Great actress in what ended up being my personal favorite film of the year.  The only other one who might stand a chance is Amy Adams.

Best Supporting Actor


Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

I feel confident saying Jared Leto here.  He’s been in so many movies over the years, from FIGHT CLUB to REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, and his work this year took everyone by surprise.

Best Supporting Actress


June Squibb for Nebraska (2013)

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.

Best Director


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.

Best Cinematography


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 Editing


Dallas Buyers Club (2013): Martin Pensa, John Mac McMurphy

Gravity (2013): Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger

This might go to CAPTAIN PHILLIPS due to its heavy-handheld footage.

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


The Croods (2013)

Frozen (2013)

The Wind Rises (2013)

I would most definitely lean towards FROZEN, but THE WIND RISES has a lot of international buzz, plus it’s a Miyazaki film!

Best Foreign Language Film


The Hunt (2012): Thomas Vinterberg(Denmark)

Omar (2013): Hany Abu-Assad(Palestine)

THE GREAT BEAUTY has been getting the most buzz.

Best Production Design


Gravity (2013)

Her (2013): K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena

THE GREAT GATSBY could take this one.  Catherine Martin is one of the best set designers in the biz.

Best Costume Design


12 Years a Slave (2013): Patricia Norris

The Invisible Woman (2013): Michael O’Connor

Again, GATSBY has a shot, thanks to Catherine Martin, but this also tends to go to period pieces so 12 YEARS A SLAVE might nab it.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling


The Lone Ranger (2013): Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua Casny

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB.  Please, please, don’t let JACKASS win this award!

Best Original Score


Her (2013): William Butler, Andy Koyama

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


Alone Yet Not Alone (2013): Bruce Broughton(“Alone Yet Not Alone”)

Despicable Me 2 (2013): Pharrell Williams( “Happy”)

Frozen (2013): Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez(“Let It Go”)

Her (2013): Karen O(“The Moon Song“)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013): Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton(“Ordinary Love”)

“Let It Go” is already a popular song and gotten a lot of covers, but I like “The Moon Song.”

Best Sound Mixing


Lone Survivor (2013): Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow

Probably GRAVITY or LONE SURVIVOR, however, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS might take this.  Often voters don’t understand what sound mixing is and just give it to the movies that are musicals/music-oriented.

Best Sound Editing


Lone Survivor (2013): Wylie Stateman

THE HOBBIT did feature the best creation of sounds I’ve heard this year.

Best Visual Effects


Star Trek Into Darkness (2013): Roger Guyett, Pat Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton

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.

Best Documentary

Best Picture


Gravity (2013)

Her (2013)

Nebraska (2013)

Philomena (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.


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