2014 Oscar Picks!

The Academy Awards are finally here! The Oscars are my favourite awards ceremony so I thought I’d just throw in my two cents about who I want to win (and who will actually win) on Sunday. I chose to lead each category who I want to win, just so I could post photos of the people and films I actually like.

Best Picture

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Who I want to win: 12 Years a Slave
Who will win: 12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave is historically important. Fantastically acted, it may be at times difficult to watch, but it’s visually stunning nonetheless. This is the movie we need. If this is a repeat of the Brokeback Mountain snub – and American Hustle takes home the trophy – I will lose faith in the Academy (and punch something).

Best Director

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Who I want to win: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Who will win: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
I’m not going to argue – Cuarón deserves it. Gravity was a state-of-the-art cinematic experience that was literally out of this world. As much as I want Steve McQueen to win for fearlessly broaching the subject of slavery, I want Alfonso Cuarón to win more.

Best Actor

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Who I want to win: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Who will win: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
I’m still waiting to see Dallas Buyers Club, but I’ve read rave reviews about how the McConaissance is now complete. I was never a big fan of McConaughey, and it’s difficult for me to see him past the terrible rom-coms of the 2000s. He’ll take this, but I really want to see Leo win. Leo’s at the best he’s ever been in Wolf – and isn’t it about time he won?

Best Actress

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Who I want to win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Who will win: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Cate will win by a landslide. She’s phenomenal in Blue Jasmine. Amy Adams may have been the star of American Hustle, but you can’t beat Cate’s Vivien Leigh/Blanche DuBois. Give her all the awards, please.

Best Supporting Actor

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Who I want to win: Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Who will win: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
I don’t have any particularly strong feelings about this category. I’ve liked Jared Leto since Requiem for a Dream, so I’m completely cool with him winning. But it’d be cool to see Fassy – one of my favourite actors – get some award love (even if this wasn’t his best work to date. See: Shame).

Best Supporting Actress

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Who I want to win: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Who will win: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
I do have a lot of feelings about this category. I don’t think the supporting actresses went through as much as supporting actors do this year. J. Law’s role in American Hustle was nothing astounding – she’s done better – but the Academy and everyone loves her (myself included), so I’m pretty certain she’ll win again. But a Lupita Nyong’o win would mean so much more. She was fantastic in 12 Years, and she’s a beautiful, beautiful human being. See her absolutely moving and inspirational speech at the ESSENCE awards yesterday.

Best Writing – Original Screenplay

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Who I want to win: Her (Spike Jonze)
Who will win: American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell)
I did not like American Hustle’s mess of a plot – I’ve seen so many other better caper films – but it’s been getting widespread acclaim so I’m afraid it’ll win this, considering it might get snubbed in the other categories. Spike Jonze’s Her was a masterpiece of writing though – it’s a film of and for the times.

Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay

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Who I want to win: 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
Who will win: 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
Again, this movie is important.

Best Animated Feature

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Who I want to win: The Wind Rises 
Who will win: Frozen
Don’t get me wrong, I loved Frozen. I just want to see Hayao Miyazaki get the credit for his last film ever and for everything he’s done for animation. The animation world owes so much to Miyazaki. Without him, Frozen – and any Pixar film – would not be the way it is.

Because these are the only categories I know and care enough about, my predictions end here. Alas, I will never be a true awards blogger.