Vivek’s 2014 Academy Awards Predictions

· Films & Video Games

Tonight’s Academy Award celebration is going to be the most important ceremony since 2004 when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept the Oscars and tied Titanic and Ben Hur for the most awards ever. I know people say that every year, but it’s especially poignant for Movie Season 2013 because by most objective criteria, 2013 has been the best year in film since 1999. The year, and Oscar Season especially, is laden with masterpieces and classics that will be for the ages – not to mention the already infamous snubbing of Inside Llewyn Davis. And unlike other ceremonies over the years like 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011 – that most people barely remember…this one will be talked about.

If you missed it, here was the list of my top 10 favorite films of the year. For this article, I’m merely going to repeat what I did last year. Give the relevant list for the Oscars for you, and include my personal preference and projection for each category. Last year, out of the 24 awards given out, I guessed 18 of them correctly, so hopefully that’s a good sign of my ability to read the ol’ dinosaur this time. I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

On this list, I don’t include every single category. Who really cares about short-subject documentary anyway?

Category

Preference

Projection

Best Picture

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Nebraska

Philomena

12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

Actor

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

TIE

Chiwetel Ejiofor

&

Leonardo DiCaprio

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actress

Amy Adams – American Hustle

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock – Gravity

Judi Dench – Philomena

Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

Supporting Actor

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

Michael Fassbender

Jared Leto

Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts – August: Osage County

June Squibb – Nebraska

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

Director

David O. Russell – American Hustle

Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity

Alexander Payne – Nebraska

Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave

Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

TIE

Alfonso Cuarón

&

Martin Scorsese

Alfonso Cuarón

Adapted Screenplay

Before Midnight – Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, & Ethan Hawk

Captain Phillips – Billy Ray

Philomena – Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope

12 Years a Slave – John Ridley

The Wolf of Wall Street – Terence Winter

TIE

12 Years a Slave

&

The Wolf of Wall Street

12 Years a Slave

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

Her

Her

Animated Feature Film

The Croods

Despicable Me 2

Ernest & Celestine

Frozen

The Wind Rises

Frozen

Frozen

Score

John Williams – The Book Thief

Steven Price – Gravity

William Butler & Owen Pallett – Her

Alexandre Desplat – Philomena

Thomas Newman – Saving Mr. Banks

Steven Price

Steven Price

Original Song

“Happy” – Despicable Me 2

“Let It Go” – Frozen

“The Moon Song” – Her

“Ordinary Love” – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

“Let it Go”

“Let it Go”

Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown

The Great Beauty

The Hunt

The Missing Picture

Omar

The Great Beauty

The Great Beauty

Documentary

The Act of Killing

Cutie and the Boxer

Dirty Wars

The Square

20 Feet from Stardom

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

Cinematography

The Grandmaster

Gravity

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

Prisoners

Gravity

Gravity

Visual Effects

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Iron Man 3

The Lone Ranger

Star Trek Into Darkness

Gravity

Gravity

Editing

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

12 Years a Slave

Gravity

Gravity

Sound Editing

All is Lost

Captain Phillips

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor

All Is Lost

Gravity

Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Inside Llewyn Davis

Lone Survivor

Gravity

Gravity

Production Design

American Hustle

Gravity

The Great Gatsby

Her

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

Gravity

Costume Design

American Hustle

The Grandmaster

The Great Gatsby

The Invisible Woman

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Makeup and Hairstyling

Dallas Buyers Club

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

The Lone Ranger

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

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