May the Oscar Be With You - My Picks for the 2014 Academy Awards

Some folks live for the Super Bowl. Others live for the Grammys, the Emmys or the Tonys. I don’t know why exactly, but some people find entertainment in Dancing with the Stars, Survivor or America’s Funniest Nose Piercings Idoling with Talent on Honey Boo Boo’s Duck Dynasty’s Storage Wars. But I digress. While I don’t watch TV on a regular basis, I always find myself glued to my set for the Oscars. This year, we’ll see the winners on Sunday March 2. Here are my predictions for what and who should win

Best Picture

American Hustle

This could be a very interesting ending for the show. It’s a three way race between American Hustle, Gravity and the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave. My bet goes to Hustle, which I think was one of the best dramedies of 2013 and hit all the right notes for audiences and critics alike. Then again, the horse race could allow underdog Wolf of Wall Street (which in my opinion was one of the worst movies of last year) to scooch in and scarf the prize. And THAT would be a travesty.

Alfonso Cuaron

Best Director

This is another squeaker with front runners Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) and Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) leading the pack. I give the edge to Cuaron who gave us a picture so magnificent in scope that he deserves to win for this fabulous story of gut wrenching hope.

Christian Bale

Best Actor

This race is really coming down to either Leonardo DiCrapio (for Wolf of Wall Street) and Matthew McConaughey (for Dallas Buyer’s Club). I never saw the latter performance unfortunately and I refuse to acknowledge Leo’s and Scorsese’s garbage fest of being award worthy. That for me left the toss up and Bale is a reliable and worthy actor who deserves to win even though the Oscar will probably go to Leo.

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett

This was the one true stand-out performance of this year’s Actress nominations. Blanchett’s portrayal of self-centered, vapid Jasmine made all the rest of this year’s nominees pale in comparison

Jared Leto

Best Supporting Actor

By all accounts, this performance is the one to beat this year. Even though I haven’t seen the movie, I will go with the oddsmakers on this one. I still think Barkhad Abdi deserves a shot here for playing one of the pirates in the critically acclaimed Captain Philips, but that’s a long shot at best. Unfortunately my real choice for this award (Harrison Ford for 42) was snubbed yet again by the Academy

Jennifer Lawrence

Best Supporting Actress

Lawrence won last year for Best Actress in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook (where she costarred with Bradley Cooper who is nominated for his role in American Hustle as well) This was another stand-out performance of hers. Then again, it seems that ALL of her performances are stand out. Rock on, Jennifer!

Best Animated Film

Frozen

Frozen is arguably one of Disney's best films to date. Since my personal favorite for this year - Monsters University - wasn't even nominated, this is the one I'm falling back on. The other two nominated films that I saw, The Croods and Despicable Me 2 were also both excellent, but neither can hold a candle to Disney when the venerable studio is on top of their game.

The Other Categories

Best Cinematography - Gravity

Best Adapted Screenplay - 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Screenplay - American Hustle

Film Editing - Gravity

Best Original Score - Gravity

Best Original Song - Let It Go (from Frozen)

Best Visual Effects - Gravity

Best Costume Design - The Great Gatsby

Best Make-up - The Lone Ranger

Production Design - The Great Gatsby

Sound Editing - Gravity

Sound Mixing - Gravity

The wrap up

Well, that's my list. Be sure to check back next week as I report my wrap up and compare my picks to the ones that Hollywood chooses to award. I'll also include my review of the show, same as last year. So, without any additional fanfare, dim the lights, pass the popcorn, but don't look for me in the theaters on Sunday night since I'll be watching the Academy Awards.

Best Picture

What do you think will win?

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
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