Oscar Sunday: My Favorites + Predictions

I haven't talked about movies on this blog in a while, but that doesn't mean I haven't been watching them! And since it's Oscar Sunday I just have to put in my two cents about this year's nominees. I'm going to do two things: write who I think should win and who I think will win for most of the "main" categories. Now, though I haven't seen all of the films, I have seen most of them and so the only categories I will skip are the ones where I'm not familiar with the majority of nominees. I hope one year I will educate myself enough to watch ALL of the films, but let's be real: things like animated shorts are at the bottom of my priority list (no offense).

Who are your favorites this year? Do you think anyone has been snubbed or shouldn't have been nominated?


Best Picture

Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Will win: 12 Years a Slave

I will honestly be very surprised if I'm wrong here: 12 Years a Slave is what they call a "game changer" and is one of the most powerful films I've ever seen. I think everyone should watch it, not only for its cinematic value, but also as a story to learn from and remember. Hands down, best film of the year.


Best Director

Should win: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
Will win: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

Though I am in the minority of people who didn't think Gravity was all that great, I do think the director deserves recognition for this work here. It is absolutely the most heart-pumping roller coaster of a film, like nothing else out there, and for that Alfonso Cuarón needs to get his Oscar. My problem with the film was that I thought its value ended at its thrill ride status: I didn't connect with the characters, I didn't buy the fact that someone would send a person as unstable as Sandra Bullock's character into space, and quite frankly, the personal drama seemed far-fetched and out of place. Just my opinion. 


Best Actor

Should win: Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
Will win: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

I think the Best Actor category this year is one of the toughest ones I've ever seen: every nominee has done an amazing performance. To be honest, my only hope here is that the Oscar doesn't go toThe Wolf of Wall Street. Don't get me wrong, I love DiCaprio, but oh, how did I LOATHE this film! My two thoughts after seeing were "why did we waste all this talent on a story about a despicable character who learned nothing?" and "I can't believe I just put money in Jordan Belfort's pocket!" I think both Matthew McConaughey and Chiwetel Ejiofor delivered stunning performances, but I am giving my vote to Mr. Ejiofor because I have never seen that much pain and will from an actor before.


Best Actress

Should win: Amy Adams for American Hustle
Will win: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

I'm pretty sure this one will go to Cate Blanchett, but since Blue Jasmine is one of the few films I haven't seen I want to give my support to Amy Adams. She has really surprised me in this role and shown a different side of her talent. I do believe that she was one of the main reasons American Hustle was such a success and that deserves recognition.


Best Supporting Actor

Should win: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
Will win: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

Let me tell you this: before I watched Dallas Buyers Club I had to watch the trailer twice because the first time around I didn't realize THAT was Jared Leto until the end of it, so I had to see it again after I've collected my jaw from the floor. Then I watched the film. I knew Jared Leto was a good actor, I remember Requiem for a Dream, but I still did not expect this from him. As a side note, I think Daniel Brühl deserved a nomination for his work in Rush and if he was nominated he would have been my "should win" pick - amazing performance. 


Best Supporting Actress

Should win: Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave
Will win: Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle

My gut tells me this will be another Academy Award for Jennifer Lawrence and I get it, everyone loves her - even I love Jennifer Lawrence. There is no doubt about her talent and she was great in American Hustle. But she already won an Oscar for that role last year when she won for Silver Linings Playbook - it's the same exact character but in a different setting. I don't think she delivered anything new this year. Lupita Nyong’o? She delivered depth and pain.


Best Original Screenplay

Should win: Her
Will win: Her

Her is simply the most original story out there in YEARS. It's my favorite film of the year next to 12 Years a Slave, except I can actually watch it again without falling apart. If you missed it in theaters, I highly recommend you make a point of seeing it once it's available to rent or buy - it's brilliant.


Best Adapted Screenplay

Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Will win: 12 Years a Slave

I'm starting to sound like a broken record. Can you tell which film is my top pick for this award season? 


Best Original Score

Should win: Gravity
Will win: Gravity

I don't think there is any doubt here - Gravity deos have an amazing score that really stands out among other nominees. I do have to note that nothing haunted me more Hans Zimmer's score for 12 Years a Slave and the fact that he didn't receive a nomination puzzles me greatly.