It's that time of the year again. The 2014 Academy Awards are upon us, and everyone is excited to see who will take home the award that Leonardo DiCaprio was once again denied.
On that note, Leo is up against some tight contenders for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Christian Bale in American Hustle, Bruce Dern in Nebraska, Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave, and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club are competing for the award as well.
We're going with the wild card and putting our bet on McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club. While he's given some sub-par performances in the past, this is one I have a little bit of confidence in. Of course, 12 Years A Slave is almost a sin not to consider as neck and neck, and Wolf Of Wall Street was, again, an amazing film and another die-hard performance from DiCaprio, but as history tells us, he's often overlooked, not that the competition hasn't always been stiff.
For best picture we have American Hustle, Captain Philips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years A Slave, and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Let's kick this off by telling you who we think won't be taking home the Oscar. Captain Philips, Dallas Buyers Club, and American Hustle (probably).
Her is also at the bottom of our expectations for being both a compelling story and phenomenal cast, but maybe a little too artsy for a win. Gravity is obviously at the top right now for being an excited drama and beautifully shot from start to finish. And of course The Wolf Of Wall Street is another amazing film that we'd like to see win. As for the top contenders we think could take home Best Picture, these are them.
The second to last category we're going to talk about is Best Actress in a Leading role, of which we have, Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County).
The obvious two biggest are Amy Adams and Judi Dench, but I wouldn't count out Meryl Streep for August: Osage County. While Gravity on its own was a great film, and Sandra Bullock's performance was on key with that, the lack of chemistry between her co-star sucks this one below the waterline, and when you're up against some of the biggest names in Hollywood right now, it's best to look at who's really in fighting shape to take it. But it's only a prediction after all.
Finally the last we're going to look at is Best Original Screenplay; the backbone of any good film.
American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, and Nebraska are up for the award this year. For me, 2013 was a fairly disappointing season for original screenplays, and adapted ones sort of stole the spotlight as they so often do, but since I believe in celebrating the hard work and dedication of writers, we're only talking about those today.
In a decision that's easy to make, Her is almost definitely going to take home the Oscar. The message behind the film strong, the dialogue fluid, and overall, it works both on film and on paper. Even Blue Jasmine (sorry Woody Allen), couldn't compete with this instant masterpiece. It's not only modernly relevant, but it depicts an accurate representation of what the next twenty years could look like, and for that, Her, takes home the gold, at least a story and not a visual. Underneath that, American Hustle from what I've see is a bottom contender here. I've heard the director uses a lot of improvisation in his scenes to get some of the best work as a visual, but it doesn't really equate to being a good screenplay if half of it was spur-of-the-moment.
Enjoy the Oscars tomorrow, and stay tuned for opinions on who won, and should they have!