Thursday, 27 February 2014

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My Oscars 2014 Predictions

Time to reveal my predictions to this years Oscars 2014.

It's that time of year again! The OSCARS are here and months of campaigning, bribery, crying and self indulgence leads to this one night where Hollywood celebrates all that is great with the movie world.Obviously The OSCARS are pretty biased and a little bit clicky, but they are still well renowned for being prestigious and honoured.Anyway, Each year I like to make my predictions on who and what will triumph and which films will simply become losers and forgotten about.Last year I managed to get nearly all my predictions correct, so the pressure is on this year to keep it going. I will say WHO I THINK will win and WHO I WANT to win.So Here we go..


Best Picture
12 Years a Slave - Who will win
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street - Who I want to win


Having seen ALL these films, I thought it would have been difficult to pick my favorite, but The Wolf of Wall Street was the one film that stuck with me the most. A Great Scorsese film that Leo excels in. Any other year I would have championed this from the start, but I feel 12 Years may steal it. Her and Philomena were close favs too.
Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity - Who I want to win / Who will win
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O Russell, American Hustle
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Due to the whole nature of Gravity and how it was made, I suspect the directors who voted for this category will respect and appreciate Alfonso's vision and hard work. Gravity is a film 3D has been waiting for and pioneers and new way space films will be created in the future.

Best Actor
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street - Who I want to win
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club - Who will win

Out of all the actors here, I feel Matty Mc's weight loss will win him votes. Even though I believe Leo's acting to be top notch, I am beginning to feel Leo will suffer from the same fate many big actors faced. That is not winning an oscar until it's too late. Marlon Brando being one of them.
Best Actress
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine - Who will win
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena - Who I want to win
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Cate has been winning plaudits for months, so it's almost a shoe in. As for my choice, It was Amy Adams up until I saw Philomena and saw Judi Dench in a great heartbreakingly sweet role. So after that I want everyone to watch Philomena and tell me they don't want to give her a hug.
Best Supporting Actor
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 - Who will win / Who I want to win

Although Fassbender gives a De Niro esque performance and Jonah Hill is beyond brilliant, you can't take away Jared leto's ambitious performance as a Transvestite with Aids. It's heartbreaking, pretty raw and brave. 
Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle - Who will win / Who I want to win
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Who doesn't love Jennifer Lawrence?! She is great in this film and deserves her plaudits. Maybe she can make it two years in a row winning, and the wave she's riding I don't see it stopping.
Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Philomena - Who I Want to win / Who will win
The Wolf of Wall Street

Philomena has become a new favorite film of mine. The Script is one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much. Steve Coogans writes some witty dialogue to really bring out the best in these two characters.
Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club
Her - Who will win / Who I want to win
Nebraska

Another brilliantly written, surreal, obscure film. On paper it probably shouldn't work, but with Spike Jonze writing, it has that charm that only certain writers can get away with.
Best Animated Feature
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest and Celestine
Frozen - Who will win / Who I want to win
The Wind Rises

Frozen purely for the songs in that film. A back to best for Disney and catchy bloody songs I ain't afraid to admit I hum throughout the day.

And for the rest, I simply guessed as I had no idea about most of them...
Best animated short
Feral
Best cinematography
Gravity
Best costume design
American Hustle
Best documentary feature
The Act of Killing
Best documentary short
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Best editing
Gravity
Best foreign language film
The Hunt (Denmark)
Best live action short
The Voorman Problem
Best make-up
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Best music
Her
Best production design
American Hustle
Best song
'Let It Go', Frozen
Best sound editing
Gravity
Best sound mixing
Gravity
Best visual effects
Gravity
So what do you think? What are your predictions? let me know

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