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My 2014 Academy Award Predictions

Well folks, tonight is the night; the 2014 Academy Awards, live from Los Angeles.  All award shows have led up to this, the grand finale of award season if you will.  So far, the most mentionable films in the running include 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club, with a list of actors and actresses which will make this years’ Oscar race a close call.

Similar to my Golden Globes prediction post, I will simply list out each category, and highlight my predicted winner.  Just a reminder that this is a list of who I think WILL win, though my personal opinions on who I think SHOULD win may differ.  There were a lot of great films this past year, and a lot of memorable performances.

Best Picture:
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Animated Feature
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine

The Wind Rises

Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster
Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity
Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael, Nebraska
Roger A. Deakins, American Hustle 

Costume Design:
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years A Slave

David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Documentary Feature:
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer

Dirty Waters
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Documentary Short Subject:
Facing Fear

Karma Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Film Editing:
American Hustle
Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave

Foreign Language Film:
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty

The Hunt
The Missing Picture

Makeup and Hairstyling:
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

The Lone Ranger

Music- Original Score:
The Book Thief, John Williams
Gravity, Steven Price
William Butler and Owen Pallett
Alexandre Desplat
Saving Mr. Banks,
Thomas Newman

Music- Original Song:
“Happy” from Despicable Me 2
“Let it Go” from Frozen
“The Moon Song” from Her
“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Production Design:
American Hustle

The Great Gatsby
12 Years A Slave

Short Film- Animated:
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom

Short Film- Live Action:
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Sound Editing:
All is Lost
Captain Phillips

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor


Sound Mixing:
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

Visual Effects:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

Writing- Adapted Screenplay:
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Writing- Original Screenplay:
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine

Dallas Buyers Club

So, there you have it; my 2014 Oscar predictions.  Remember you can check out the full detailed official list hereand tune in to the 86th Academy Awards Live tonight on ABC at 7pm EST

What are your thoughts and comments on the 2014 Oscar Noms?  I still can’t believe Pacific Rim got snubbed for Visual Effects, and Michael B. Jordan for Best Actor.

Written by Josh Sazin on 3/2/14


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