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2014 Oscar Preview: The Predictions

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

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

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

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

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.

Best Documentary Feature: The Act of Killing

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.

Best Sound Mixing: Gravity

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.

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