86th Academy Awards picks from a avid movie fan

Oscars are tomorrow night and I gave a list of the major categories and the nominees for each category.  For each category: I give my choice, who will win, and the dark horse is the nomination who could over take the favorite.  Read my list and leave your comments below.

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

My Choice: American Hustle
Will Win: 12 Years a Slave
Dark Horse: American Hustle or Gravity

My personal favorite film of the year was American Hustle. It’s the best film in my opinion based on the tension and performances by the actors in the movie. 12 Years a Slave will win probably it deals with the standard conversational issue that makes Hollywood studios money. I thought the movie was fantastic but Dallas Buyers Club so much better.  Gravity has a outside shot because it was a revolutionary film. However, having sad that Gravity and 12 Years a Slave have such rabid voting bases that they could split the vote. American Hustle wins then.

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

My Choice: Christian Bale, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Matthew McConaughey.
Winner: Matthew McConaughey
Dark horse: Chiwetel Ejiofor

This is the toughest category for me; I think Bale, Ejiofor, and McConaughey deserve an oscar because the nature of their role showed what these three men do to give a great performance and make a character come to life.  Christian Bale gained 40 pounds, developed a New York accent, had a comb over, and acted like a man who his world crashing on him to make Iriving come to life. Ejiofor had to whip another slave on screen and work in cotton fields. McConaughey lost weight, from self involved individual to a loveable character, and his performance made his character discover his humanity.  Leo no way deserves an Oscar and if he does I will revolt.

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

My choice: Amy Adams
Will win: Cate Blanchett
Dark Horse: Amy Adams

Cate Blanchett is the one who will win because the character’s story is one that over comes a lot of hurdles on screen. She is a very gifted talented actress. Amy Adams put on a wonderful performance and she will get Oscar in the future.

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

My Choice: Fassbender or Leto
Will Win: Leto
Dark Horse: Fassbender

Leto was a cross dressing gay man in Dallas Buyers Club. His performance made me love the character and cried when he died (Spoiler Alert).  His character had this innocent about him and he was drug addict. He deserves to win.  Fassbender deserves seriously consideration because he played a racist, religious, and despicable character so well that I thought he was going to win until I saw Leto’s performance. I don’t care if he or Leto win because I loved both performances.

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

My choice: Jennifer Lawrence
Will Win: Lawerence
Dark Horse: Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o wasn’t that great. I know she was getting rapped by the white slave owner and had her children taken away from her. I felt she was more a nuisance to Ejiofor’s character and his ability to stay hidden until he could gain his freedom. Lawrence’s actions nearly get Bale killed and she’s a psycho. She has depression, alcoholic, and her character holds Bale’s by the balls to make him stay with her. She deserves it and seriously it shouldn’t be that close.

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

My choice: David O. Russell Will win: Alfonso Cuaron
Dark horse: Steve McQueen

My choice is David O. Russell because he had 5 main characters that gave all Oscar worthy performances. They drove the story in American Hustle and made the film so enjoyable for me. The dialogue was so great and the music was brilliant.  Cuaron will because his film was revolutionary. He had one main character and George Clooney’s voice. He also created a compelling story in space and made space to life. Steve McQueen could win because his movie is brilliant. I love 12 Years a Slave and like Gravity’s a character driven story.

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

My choice: John Ridley
Will Win: John Ridley
Dark Horse: Philomena

12 Years a Slave great movie and it’s the best screenplay out of the brunch. It would be difficult to write because there’s 12 years of history of Solomon Northrop from a freeman to slave that Ridley had to cut. Philomena deserves praise because of the conversational issue that book deals with.  This choice isn’t close like the best original screenplay.

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

My choice: David O. Russel and Eric Singer
Will win: Spike Jonze
Dark Horse: David O. Russell and Eric Singer

Her will probably win because it’s the underdog story of a writer who isn’t famous but made a script so great that images on screen of man falling in love with computer is to great to ignore for voters. I didn’t like the movie. I think the concept is pathetic but it could happen and it will probably happen in the future. People might marry robots because there are individuals in society that stay from socialization with other people for fear of rejection. David O. Russell, you rewrote a historical script and made a drama driven by characters and dialogue. He’s deserves to win and I hope he does.

Best Animated Feature
The Wind Rises

Frozen
Despicable Me 2
The Croods
Ernest & Celestine

My choice and will win: Frozen

Frozen is the best film of the year of all animated movies. It’s made about a billion dollars. People love it and more importantly parents love it.

Best Song
“Alone Yet Not Alone” (Alone Yet Not Alone)
“Happy” (Despicable Me 2)
“Let It Go” (Frozen)
“The Moon Song” (Her)
“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

My choice: Happy (Despicable Me 2)
Will Win: Let it Go (Frozen)
Dark Horse:  Happy (Despicable Me 2)

Happy is the better song but Let it Go is so inspirational that you sing along with it. However, Happy is upbeat tune that you can dance to and it’s made a Grammy award winning artist, Pharrell Williams. I dance to Happy but I sing along with Let It Go. I enjoyed Happy more and I hope it wins.

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

My Choice: Hans Zimmer for 12 Years a Slave or Man of Steel.

He wasn’t nominated and i think Saving Mr. Banks might be the only choice i like. So no comment. I actually like scores because they make or break movie in elite status. He wasn’t nominated for 12 Years of a Slave and i remember the score more than anything about the movie.

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

My Choice: The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugWill Win: Gravity
Dark Horse: The Hobbit

I will be surprised if Gravity doesn’t win. The damn movie makes you feel like you’re in space. However, the Hobbit does deserve so much praise for the Smaug. Smaug was amazing to look at on screen.  I also believe Star Trek Into Darkness would have had bigger chance if JJ Abrams didn’t love his damn lens flares.  I can tell probably will be nominated next year from seeing several trailers: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. I say Dawn of the Planet of the Apes could get nominated. It will be very interesting next year to see who wins the Oscar for Visual Effect, Sound Editing, and all of those categories.

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