It is getting close to the 86th Academy Awards (March 2) and the field is packed with some very good movies. Here is my prediction for best movie, along with a few comments:
"12 Years a Slave" – I believe that “Slave” will probably win this year: The Academy loves this type of subject matter.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" –This movie just blew me away. DiCaprio is great in the role as the debauched penny stock trader, but the cursing and sex may be too much for some people.
"Captain Phillips" – Tom Hanks comes up big again in the based on a true story of an international hijacking by pirates. Why don’t these ships carry a sniper or two.
"Her" – N/A Have not seen, but subject matter from trailers appear silly. A man in love with his computer?
"American Hustle" – Another great based on true story movie that has a chance to win. All star cast includes: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Hudson, and Amy Adams. This movie is my personal favorite. Love the hairstyles (especially Bale’s combover.)
"Gravity" – Mind blowing special effects dominate. Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Bullock is in virtually in every scene.
"Dallas Buyers Club" – Terrific based on a true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a homophobic rodeo aficionado who contracts HIV/Aids. McConaughey reportedly lost 50 pounds to play the role. He also won the Golden Globe for best actor.
"Nebraska" – 77 year old Bruce Dern stars in this movie of a man with dementia/alcoholism who thinks he has won a million dollar sweepstakes. Dern would be the sentimental favorite
"Philomena" – N/A ─ Have not seen, but more than likely a long shot.
In my opinion, Best Picture will be a shootout between 12 years a Slave, American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Dallas Buyers Club, with 12 Years a slave winning.
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