It’s Hollywood’s biggest night, and the world is abuzz with predictions of the evening’s big winners. Without further ado, here’s my predictions for each Academy Award category!
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
This movie has been expected to take in a lot of Oscars since it came to theaters, so it’s no surprise that the movie people compare to Schindler’s List is probably going to win Best Picture.
Could Win: Gravity; My Favorite: Her
McConaughey has started getting serious with his movie roles, and it’s about time people began to notice and commend him for his talent. His performance in Dallas Buyers Club was so powerful that it almost lets us all forget about How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. All jokes aside, McConaughey deserves this Oscar.
Could Win: Bruce Dern, Nebraska
The performance Blanchett gave in Blue Jasmine was one that required the most talent among the many movies that came out this year, and Blanchett nailed it.
Could Win: Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Dallas Buyers Club was an intense film that focused on the stigma and treatment of having AIDS in the early ’80s. Jared Leto’s performance in this film was spectacular, and definitely worthy of an Oscar.
Could Win: Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Nyong’o gave a great performance in 12 Years a Slave, and with the real competition for Best Supporting Actress only being Jennifer Lawrence, I have Nyong’o taking this category.
Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen
There’s no doubt in my mind that Frozen will take the award for Best Animated Film. It has no competition.
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Costume Design: American Hustle
Best Directing: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón and the cast put so much effort and time into making this film. Cuarón was not only a great director by maintaining morale on set, but he was also able to create a great movie with perfect direction.
If anyone has studied past genocides, the crazy thing about them is that the perpetrators usually get away with their crimes. For example, the perpetrators of the Rwandan Genocide continue to live among the Tutsi that they were slaughtering not 20 years ago. That’s why The Act of Killing is such a powerful film, and a solid contender for Best Documentary. It deals with the Indonesian killings that occurred during the 60s by showing the killers that still live today what their victims went through.
Best Original Screenplay: Her
My favorite movie among the Best Picture nominees, I really hope Her wins Best Original Screenplay. It deserves to win something tonight.
Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave
A movie that’s likely going to win Best Picture will probably take the writing award as well.
Best Original Song: “Let It Go”, Frozen
This song from Frozen gave me chills. I definitely see an Oscar in its future.
This film incorporates sounds like no other movie I’ve seen. Because there’s no sound in space, Cuarón has all the sound effects occur from the perspective of Bullock’s character, a truly awesome way to experience the film.
Best Sound Editing: Gravity
Again, what this film does with the sound perspective and incorporation was awesome.
Best Production Design: Gravity
I pick Gravity as the winner of Best Production Design simply because of all the work and effort that went into creating the visuals in the movie. This film not only did the production design with perfection, but they revolutionized the movie-making industry.