Before we begin, let me humbly remind you that I picked the winner for the last two years (Argo, The Artist) as well as most of the other categories. So, having reminded you of that, let’s get straight to the prognostication, shall we? If you like, you can detour here and read my synopsis of the best picture nominees if you click here or for an analysis of Oscar’s psychological state when choosing these films click here.
- 12 Years a Slave
- American Hustle
- Captain Phillips
- Dallas Buyers Club
- The Wolf of Wall Street
The winner will be 12 Years A Slave. It has to be. Philomena and Nebraska are tied for runner up and I would not be mad if either of them won or even if Gravity or Captain Phillips won. However, I think in the end, 12 Years a Slave was the best movie of them all. Her is creepy and Dallas Buyers has too many problems with the overall production. If Wolf or Hustle win I will be very, very angry.
- Christian Bale (Hustle)
- Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
- Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf)
- Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years)
- Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers)
The winner will be Matthew McConaughey. More than any other actor I’ve seen in years, McConaughey was able to make me forget I was watching a movie and make me think I was watching a documentary of the real person. Bravo Mr. McConaughey. Bravo.
As an aside, I wonder if Leo DiCaprio will ever again portray someone who is not rich and powerful. That seems to be all he plays these days.
- Amy Adams (Hustle)
- Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
- Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
- Judi Dench (Philomena)
- Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
The Winner will be Judi Dench. Her only real competition on this list is Bullock who did a great job in Gravity, but this is Dench’s year. Streep’s portrayal of the matriarch in August: Osage County was overplayed and caricatured. Blanchet was good in Blue Jasmine but not Oscar worthy and Amy Adams was not even the most impressive actresses on her own set. Dench needs to win to make up for the snub she and Skyfall got at the Oscars last year.
- Barkhad Abdi (Phillips)
- Bradley Cooper (Hustle)
- Michael Fassbender (12 years)
- Jonah Hill (Wolf)
- Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers)
The winner will be Michael Fassbender. Fassbender is a superb actor who conjures great intensity with his eyes and posture. His portrayal of the cruel slave owner was breathtakingly evil. Leto and Abdi are close seconds. Hill and Cooper have no shot. I personally hope that Jonah Hill’s moment of glory is just about up. I do not like him. Besides, Fassbender sports an awesome beard and that is worth a lot of votes right there.
- Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
- Jennifer Lawrence (Hustle)
- Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years)
- Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
- June Squibb (Nebraska)
The winner will be Julia Roberts. It is a tight three-way race between Roberts, Lawrence, and Squibb but I think in the end Roberts will pull it out. I don’t see how Oscar can give an award to Lawrence, 23 years old, two years in a row. Squibb was wonderful in Nebraska, but she was overshadowed by Dern. By contrast, Julia Roberts swiped August out from underneath Meryl Streep and that is not easy to do, so she will win the Oscar.
- Steve McQueen (12 Years)
- David O. Russell (Hustle)
- Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
- Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
- Martin Scorsese (Wolf)
The winner will be Alfonso Cuaron. He will win much for the same reasons that Ang Lee won last year. His film was eye candy from top to bottom and he made a one woman science fiction movie interesting and profitable. His only real competition is McQueen. However, in the end, I think it will be Cuaron.
You can be sure that Sunday night I will be watching the Oscars live, and probably tweeting out live during the show. I do hope Ellen does a better job than that awful man from last year.
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