I don’t know if you can tell but I’m really stoked for the Oscars this year (I don’t usually blog about the Oscars – the Grammys are more of my thing…but this year’s Grammys was meh. Other than the fact that my favourite robots and Zedd won awards and electronic dance music was represented really well this year, the rest of the awards were…meh.) But to be honest I’m not all that excited about the actual awards because I still haven’t watched some of these movies….but they’re on my “to-watch” list. What I’m looking forward to is actually:
1. Ellen Degeneres hosting the awards.
2. Idina Menzel performing at the awards (even though I’m a liiiittle sick of Let It Go…but it’s Idina Menzel!!)
3. BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH LOOKING ALL DAPPER IN HIS SUIT (swoon) PRESENTING AN AWARD. (I know this is kinda ridiculous but I’d give anything to watch that man in a suit on my TV screen.)
Anyway, despite not being too excited about the actual awards, I’ll just post my winners prediction list up (even if I haven’t watched the movies I’ve – at least – watched the trailers and a few scenes if possible…and read reviews about them. So that’s what I’m going to base my predictions on.)
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
This one’s hard, since these films are all pretty damn good. It’s hard to pick between American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave though since these two movies have been sweeping awards at the Golden Globes and SAGs, but I guess they’ll give it to 12 Years a Slave because the acting (I’ve heard) is phenomenal, as compared to the lacklustre acting (well this is what I’ve heard too) of a certain supporting actress in American Hustle.
American Hustle (David O. Russell)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
This one’s rather hard to pick as well. It’s a difficult choice between Cuaron and Steve McQueen, but either way, it’ll be the first time a Latino man or black man wins this award. Yep, the first time in 86 years.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
I desperately want Leo DiCap to win this award especially because if he doesn’t, Tumblr might implode…but there are two really strong contenders in this category. Matthew McConaughey’s practically a shoo-in but I’m rooting for Chiwetel Ejiofor in this category. Sorry Leo, this isn’t really your year too, why don’t you try directing something, maybe you’ll win an Oscar in that category instead.
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)
I’m really not sure about this one, so I’m picking on the basis of elimination.
We can probably rule out Amy Adams in this category, and maybe Judi Dench too. That leaves Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep. Sandra Bullock was okay-ish in Gravity and Meryl Streep was pretty good in August: Osage County but she’s already won countless Oscars and her performance in August: Osage County doesn’t match up to her previous Oscar-winning performances so I doubt she’ll win too. From general popular consensus, Cate Blanchett will probably win this award but after all the Woody Allen controversy, I’m not too sure about her chances. But I’m still going with Cate Blanchett anyway.
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)
Jared Leto, hands down. (I’ve seen enough gifs of him in Dallas Buyers Club on my Tumblr dash to know how good his acting was in the film.)
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)
This one’s a toss up between Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o. Naturally, JLaw fans are still rooting for her (well I’m a fan of her as well( but I don’t think she should win the Oscars two years in a row especially when it’s so early in her career and besides, I’ve read pretty negative reviews about her acting in American Hustle. :/
Best Adapted Screenplay
Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)
Captain Phillips (Billy Ray)
Philomena (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope)
12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Terence Winter)
Taking a gamble by picking Philomena over 12 Years a Slave because I really really like the story…this sounds awfully frivolous, I’m sorry.
Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell)
Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
Dallas Buyers Club (Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack)
Her (Spike Jonze)
Nebraska (Bob Nelson)
I haven’t watched Her either but the storyline does seem really interesting (a man who falls for his OS huh? Sounds pretty much like me) and I’ve read nothing but good things about the screenplay so, I suppose this is a pretty fair choice.
The Grandmaster (Philippe Le Sourd)
Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Bruno Delbonnel)
Nebraska (Phedon Papamichael)
Prisoners (Roger A. Deakins)
To tell you the truth I’m not a very huge fan of Gravity but I must admit, the cinematography’s stunning, so it’s an obvious winner in this category.
Best Costume Design
American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson)
The Grandmaster (William Chang Suk Ping)
The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)
The Invisible Woman (Michael O’Connor)
12 Years a Slave (Patricia Norris)
American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave or The Great Gatsby?
I’m gonna go with The Great Gatsby because who can forget all the splendid Prada dresses? Unf, even thinking about the costumes’s making my knees go weak. As gorgeous as the American Hustle costumes are, they just can’t compare with the intricately designed outfits for The Great Gatsby.
Best Film Editing
American Hustle (Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, Alan Baumgarten)
Captain Phillips (Christopher Rouse)
Dallas Buyers Club (John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)
12 Years a Slave (Joe Walker)
Gravity will probably be bagging tons of technical awards this year.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Stephen Prouty)
The Lone Ranger (Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua-Casny)
I don’t know anything about this one so I can’t make a choice. I’m sorry.
Best Original Score
The Book Thief (John Williams)
Gravity (Steven Price)
Her (William Butler, Owen Pallett)
Philomena (Alexandre Desplat)
Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman)
There’s a sliiiiim chance Saving Mr. Banks will win against the more popular choices, Gravity and Her, and being the Disney fan I am, I’m going with Saving Mr. Banks.
Best Original Song
Happy (Despicable Me 2)
Let It Go (Frozen)
The Moon Song (Her)
Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
I’m starting to get pretty sick of this song because it’s spawned sooooo many covers but I’m still going to pick this because:
2. Idina Menzel, thank you.
Even though there’s a high chance Ordinary Love will win instead.
Best Production Design
American Hustle (Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler)
Gravity (Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woollard)
The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)
Her (K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena)
12 Years a Slave (Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker)
Nothing beats the opulence and splendour of The Great Gatsby. The entire movie was just a visual feast for me so I’m going with that.
Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost (Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns)
Captain Phillips (Oliver Tarney)
Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Brent Burge, Chris Ward)
Lone Survivor (Wylie Stateman)
Yep, Gravity. Even though I really liked the sound editing of The Hobbit because I could appreciate it better after watching all these behind the scenes video vlogs by Peter Jackson.
Best Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips (Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro)
Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland)
Lone Survivor (Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow)
Refer to the above.
Best Visual Effects
Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds)
Iron Man 3 (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, Dan Sudick)
The Lone Ranger (Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier)
Star Trek Into Darkness (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton)
Everyone’s picking Gravity but I really do want The Hobbit: DoS to win because 48 frames per second. Also, Smaug. For anyone who’s tried animation, be it digital or hand-drawn, you’ll know how painful animating even the simplest of characters is. Animating that monstrous beast must have been the most painful thing ever (even though Benedict did do mo-cap to help the Weta team capture the features better.) Not to mention all the other CGI that had to be added into the movie to bring Middle Earth to life. Yeah sure Gravity had tons of amazing effects and all that but CGI FIRE-BREATHING DRAGON. “Truly the tales and songs fall utterly short of your enormity, O Smaug the Stupendous…”