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Jill and Ryan Predict the 2014 Oscars


This year was a tough one for us prediction wise. Not only are we lukewarm about many of the nominees, but a few favorites of ours were not given the attention they deserve. So really, it’s in that spirit that we attempt to determine Sunday’s winners. There’s a silver lining though, in that we really have no idea what’s going to happen. The uncertainty will hopefully be rewarded in some unique choices and a variety of winners. Hopefully. Even though it might mess up our impressive bating average. Check back on Monday to see how we did!


Best Picture

12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
Captain Phillips
American Hustle
Dallas Buyers Club

Will win12 Years a Slave is our best guest, but there is definitely a chance for a Gravity upset.


Best Director
Steve McQueen — 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell — American Hustle
Alfonso Cuarón — Gravity
Alexander Payne — Nebraska
Martin Scorsese — The Wolf of Wall Street

Should win: Alfonso Cuarón
Will win:  Alfonso Cuarón

Gravity exists due to Cuarón’s sheer force of vision, and he deserves all the accolades for making it happen and making it a successful film.


Best Actor
Bruce Dern — Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor — 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey — Dallas Buyers Club
Leonardo DiCaprio — The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale — American Hustle

Should win: Leonardo DiCaprio
Will win: Matthew McConaughey

We are living in the McConaugh-ssance, and there’s every indication that his Oscar win will be for Dallas Buyers Club as well as all of his recent work. However, we still think The Wolf of Wall Street should be Leo’s long overdue Oscar. There’s not many people that can make a drug-induced crawl down a flight of stairs both painfully hilarious, and sadly pathetic.

American Hustle: Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper walking in street

Best Actress
Amy Adams — American Hustle 
Cate Blanchett — Blue Jasmine
Judi Dench — Philomena 
Sandra Bullock — Gravity 
Meryl Streep — August: Osage County

Should win: Amy Adams
Will win: Cate Blanchett

Amy Adams is often nominated, but has yet to win an award. She is the glue that holds together American Hustle, and so it would be very satisfying for her to win for that performance, especially since all of the other nominees have already won. However, it can’t be denied that Blanchett’s performance in Blue Jasmine is a master class.


Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi — Captain Phillips 
Bradley Cooper — American Hustle
Jonah Hill — The Wolf of Wall Street 
Jared Leto — Dallas Buyers Club
Michael Fassbender — 12 Years a Slave

Will win: Jared Leto

It’s a lock. Not sure there is anything else to say. 


Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence — American Hustle 
Lupita Nyong’o — 12 Years a Slave 
June Squibb — Nebraska 
Julia Roberts — August: Osage County 
Sally Hawkins — Blue Jasmine

Will Win: Lupita Nyong’o

Another lock, we think. Jennifer Lawrence is getting a lot of attention for a performance that is good, but far from her best. She also has not been campaigning much for it, because like the rest of us, she’d rather not see herself on that stage for a second time in a row come Oscar night. We think it’s safe to say Lupita will take this one home.


Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle — David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer
Blue Jasmine — Woody Allen
Her — Spike Jonze
Nebraska — Bob Nelson
Dallas Buyers Club — Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack

Should Win: Her
Will Win: Her

Spike Jonze is well liked, and this is probably the best place to recognize Her.


Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave — John Ridley
Before Midnight — Julie Delpy, Ethan and Richard Linklater
The Wolf of Wall Street — Terence Winter
Captain Phillips — Billy Ray
Philomena — Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

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

As much as Linklater, Deply, Hawke deserve to be recognized for the achievement that is the Before trilogy, we’re pretty sure 12 Years a Slave  will win this category.


Best Animated Feature
The Wind Rises
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Croods

Should win: The Wind Rises
Will win: Frozen

While Frozen is both a great Disney film and wildly popular, it’s Miyazaki’s glorious final film that deserves the award.


Best Foreign Language Film
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
Omar (Palestinian territories)
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)

Will win: The Great Beauty

We haven’t seen all of the films in this category, but the latest film by Paolo Sorrentino seems like it has all the attention to win. We hear it really is a…great beauty…of a film (HA!). Seriously though.


Best Original Song
“Let it Go” — Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Frozen
“Ordinary Love” — U2, Paul Hewson, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“The Moon Song” — Karen O, Spike Jonze, Her
“Happy” — Pharrell Williams, Despicable Me 2 

Should win: “Let it Go”
Will win: “Let it Go”

We can’t deny we’ve listened to “Let it Go” 100+ times since seeing the film (also in 25 different languages).


Best Original Score
Gravity — Steven Price
Philomena — Alexandre Desplat
The Book Thief — John Williams
Saving Mr. Banks — Thomas Newman
Her — William Butler and Owen Pallett

Should win: Philomena
Will win: Gravity 

The Gravity score is decent, although I think overly bombastic considering the stark sounds in the film itself. Desplat’s score for Philomena isn’t his best, but he’s been doing great work all over the place, and definitely deserves a win.


Best Cinematography
Gravity — Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis — Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska — Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners — Roger Deakins
The Grandmaster — Phillippe Le Sourd

Should win: Inside Llewyn Davis/Prisoners
Will win: Gravity

While we would love to see Inside Llewyn Davis win for anything, especially the overall look of New York in the film, or even for Roger Deakins to finally get his due, lately the Academy seems to equate cinematography with 3D.


Best Costume Design
The Great Gatsby — Catherine Martin
12 Years a Slave — Patricia Norris
The Grandmaster — William Chang Suk Ping
American Hustle — Michael Wilkinson
The Invisible Woman — Michael O’Connor

Should Win: The Great Gatsby
Will win: American Hustle

This is a tough one. We’d love The Great Gatsby to get something, but the plunging necklines and velvet suits of American Hustle got just as much attention, if not more, than the performances of the actors wearing them.

The Act of Killing

Best Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing
20 Feet From Stardom
The Square
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars

Will win: The Act of Killing

This is regrettably another category where we haven’t seen all the nominees. We’re seeing a lot of love for 20 Feet From Stardom, but it’s The Act of Killing that really pushes the art of documentary into another stratosphere. We’re hoping that it gets recognized as such.


Best Film Editing
Gravity — Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger
12 Years a Slave— Joe Walker
Captain Phillips — Christopher Rouse
American Hustle — Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
Dallas Buyers Club — John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa

Will Win: Gravity


Best Makeup and Hairstyling
The Lone Ranger — Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa — Stephen Prouty
Dallas Buyers Club — Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Will win: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

This has become a ridiculous category, and we wouldn’t be surprised if in the future they only bring the category out when the year in film warrants it. This year, was not one of those years.


Best Production Design
12 Years a Slave — Adam Stockhausen and Alice Baker
The Great Gatsby — Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn
American Hustle — Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler
Gravity — Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
Her — K.K. Barrett and Gene Serdena

Should Win: Her
Will win: The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is the safe choice here, but that makes it a near predictable winner. But this is another place where Academy voters can honor Her.


Best Visual Effects
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Star Trek Into Darkness
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger

Will Win: Gravity
Let the technical sweep for Gravity commence.


Best Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips
Lone Survivor
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Will Win: Gravity

Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
Lone Survivor
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Will Win: Gravity
Best Live Action Short Film
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Should Win: Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Will win: The Voorman Problem

For near perfection in cinematic storytelling the Oscar should go to Avant Que De Tout Perdre. But we think Martin Freeman’s presence in The Voorman Problem will push it over the edge. Plus, it’s not too common to get a foreign language Oscar winner in this category.


Best Animated Short Film
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom

Should Win: Room on the Broom
Will win: Get a Horse!

Because Disney.And if Mickey does win, it will be his second win after 10 nominations. His first win came in 1941, a 70+ year gap is quite the comeback.


Best Documentary Short Subject
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Will Win: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Really all the short categories are difficult to predict. But this compelling story about Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommer seems the most likely winner, especially since news of her recent passing has again brought a spotlight to the film.


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"This is the business we've chosen!" Jill Malcolm and Ryan Silberstein, two self-described film aficionados, tell it like it is about the latest and greatest movies. They are Contributing editors here at Cinedelphia, writing partners, and founders of Filmhash.com.

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