It's Oscar time, which means only one other thing. Yep. It's also prediction time. Critics and movie buffs everywhere have their own picks about who will and won't win, who will get robbed, who deserved to win, who didn't. You know the story.
I don't claim to know everything. I mean, it's pretty obvious that a movie like "12 Years a Slave" is engineered for Oscar dominance. That doesn't mean it will dominate, although I do happen to think it's going to win Best Picture. But, I'll be pulling for "Gravity" or maybe even "Her". But if any movie is going to just roll tonight and collect a bundle of Oscar statues, it's "12 Years".
A movie like "American Hustle" could come along and steal the show. It has nominees in every major category and has already won its share of awards from critics group around the world. It has ten nominations, tying for the most noms with "12 Years a Slave".
The list of nominees includes many returning favorite from Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep for "August: Osage County" to Tom Hanks and his amazing performance in "Captain Phillips". But this year has a lot of first time nominees who could snag their share of Oscar gold. Lupita Nyong'o is brilliant in "12 Years a Slave" and just happens to be my pick -- and I'm sure the pick of many -- to win Best Supporting Actress.
So who will win? Who should win? The thing about the Oscars is who wins and who should win aren't always one and the same. That's why they play the game -- or the show -- whatever.
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Documentary Feature: The Act of Killing
Best Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, (Belgium)
Outstanding Short Film -- Animated: Room on the Broom, Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
Outstanding Short Film -- Live Action: Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?), Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
Documentary Film -- Short Subject: Karama Has No Walls, Sara Ishaq
Outstanding Cinematography: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
Outstanding Music -- Original Score: Gravity, Steven Price
Outstanding Music -- Original Song: “Let It Go,” Frozen; music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Outstanding Visual Effects: Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
Outstanding Production Design: Gravity, Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)
Outstanding Costume Design: The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin
Outstanding Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
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