Tonight’s the big night and hours before we find out together (I will be live posting at Her Dudeness Facebook page) who this year’s big winnesr will be, let’s see again the nominations and my predictions/hopes/fears:
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
Well, all the signs show that 12 Years a Slave is going to be the big winner. The film has already gained lots of awards, including Golden Globe, BAFTA & the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film. If it was up to me, I would award Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, but unfortunately, the competition is really hard, and if 12 years a slave will not get the award, I think American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club or Gravity will get it. In that order.
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Well, do I really need to say it? I bet that the first thing we are going to hear in this acceptance speech is: “Alright, alright..” McConaughey has a certain win, unless the Academy finally acknowledges the magnitude that is Leonardo DiCaprio. Yes, my mind says McConaughey but my heart screams DiCaprio, not only for his amazing word in The Wolf of Wall Street, but for Gatsby, Aviator, The Blood Diamond, Inception, The Departed, The Gangs of New York… well, every single movie he has played in.
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Seriously they need to rename this category to: the one that Meryl Streep is in. I have seriously lost count of her nominations! Hasn’t she? Anyway, this is not Meryl’s year, although I am pretty sure that Cate Blanchett is going to mention her in her acceptance speech (this award seems as certain as McConaughey’s) along with Phillip Seymour Hoffman. The only one that’s a threat to her, is Amy Adams for her brilliant work at the American Hustle, but to my opinion Blanchett’s role in Blue Jasmine screamed OSCAR and she totally nailed it, so sorry Amy, better luck next year.
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Again, do I really need to say it? Jared Leto, end of story. The best performance in this category by far. I rest my case.
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Well, everyone is saying Jennifer Lawrence, but I have a feeling that Lupita Nyong’o is going to win this one. And frankly I would like her to win it, just for Lawrence to lose something for a change…
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
American Hustle - David O. Russell
Gravity - Alfonso Cuarón
Nebraska - Alexander Payne
The Wolf of Wall Street - Martin Scorsese
12 Years a Slave - Steve McQueen
Finally as regards who’s the Best Director this year, well, let’s put it this way: it is highly unlikely that David O. Russell will get it, Alfonso Cuarón seems to be a threat the last weeks, but will not get it, Alexander Payne should get it (to my opinion), Martin Scorsese is not likely to get it this year (with this competition and with the editing he did for the Wolf…) and as you guessed it, Steve McQueen is the front runner.
About the rest of the categories, the best original screenplay, will be either Dallas Buyers Club or The American Hustle (although I think that Her should win this one) and the Adapted Screenplay will go to 12 years a Slave (I am not sure who else would beat that), the Best Animated Film will be awarded 99% to Disney’s Frozen, Best Foreign Film to La Grande Bellezza and Best Original Song, most likely to U2, although I have a feeling that Pharrell might be a surprise…
Well, in a couple of hours we will know the winners!
Enjoy the awards everybody!
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