By Krista Murray
While movie stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christian Bale–Batman himself, all gather for a night of elegance, champagne, and self-loving for the 2014 Academy Awards, us common folk will gather in front of our televisions dressed in our finest pajamas, accompanied with a bowl of ice cream and our judgmental opinions. Even if you’re not an award show junkie and could care less about the Oscars you may want to enter in a money bet or two to see who will win. Let’s take a look at the nominees; grab a spoon for your Ben and Jerry’s, and slip on your slippers because its time to predict the top six categories for the 2014 Academy Awards airing March 2nd at 7e/4p.
Nominees: “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Her,” “Gravity,” “Philomena,” “CaptainPhillips,” “American Hustle,” “The Dallas Buyers Club,” “Nebraska,” and “12 Years A Slave.”
Who will win: “12 Years A Slave”- This is the kind of film the Academy lives for. This heart wrenching story of a free man sold into slavery has captured the emotions of many who have seen it, and is sure to win the coveted title.
Who deserves to win: “Gravity”- This film is original, presented new forms of special effects that are sure to be used in future films, has incredible acting, and is just a downright good movie. We won’t be seeing another film like “Gravity” anytime soon and that, among many other reasons, is precisely why the space film deserves to win. Side note: Never go to space. Ever.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominees: Christian Bale (“American Hustle”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”), Bruce Dern (”Nebraska”), Leonardo DiCaprio (‘The Wolf of Wall Street”), and Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club”).
Who will win: Matthew McConaughey- McConaughey lost 40 pounds in four months for this role and completely nailed it. Who knew the funny guy from “The Wedding Planner” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” could act like that?
Who deserves to win: Leonardo DiCaprio- Now don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for Rom-Com McConaughey too, and call it my celebrity crush from my younger years all you want, but it is high time DiCaprio gets his Oscar. I have been in love with this man since Rose wouldn’t let him get on that door for two in the ocean and I hated his character in “Wall Street.” Hated him. That’s good acting.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominees: Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), Amy Adams (“American Hustle”), Judi Dench (“Philomena”), and Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County”).
Who will win: Cate Blanchett- “Blue Jasmine” wasn’t that great, but because of the films shortcomings, it made Blanchett shine. The film was able to showcase both Blanchett’s comedic and dramatic skills, and it would not be a surprise if she won.
Who deserves to win: Sandra Bullock- In a film where she spent the majority of it in front of a green screen with little help from other actors, Bullock absolutely nailed it. Her work in “The Blind Side” was just okay, but she won the Oscar. Her work in “Gravity” was out of this world (get it?), but she won’t win the Oscar. Hmm.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominees: Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle”), Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Michael Fassbender (“12 Years a Slave”), Jared Leto, (“Dallas Buyers Club”), and Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”).
Who will win: Jared Leto- His role as a cross dressing male with AIDS has garnered him much attention and deservedly so. The effort he put in this role shows on screen and he will absolutely get the award.
Who deserves to win: Jared Leto- The lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, who was first an actor, is almost unrecognizable through both his appearance and acting. It’s a cliché to say he disappeared in the role, but he truly did.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominees: Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”), Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”), Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), Julia Roberts (“August: Osage County”), and June Squibb (“Nebraska”).
Who will win: Lupita Nyong’o- Her role is equally heartbreaking and fascinating. She steals every scene she is in, and that is saying a lot due to all the incredible performances in “12 Years A Slave.”
Who deserves to win: Lupita Nyong’o- They have called “12 Years A Slave” a necessary film to watch, and Nyong’o is one of those reasons. Just watch the film and you will find out.
Nominees: Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”), David O. Russell (“American Hustle”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”), Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”), and Martin Scorsese (“The Wolf of Wall Street”).
Who will win: Alfonso Cuaron- Everything about “Gravity” is a masterpiece. The score, the effects, the acting, and that little person who controls the entire project–the director. No doubt, he will take home the gold.
Who deserves to win: Alfonso Cuaron- I always knew “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” was my favorite of all HP films, and it turns out Cuaron was the director. Harry Potter aside, he took a completely original film and made it a complete treat to watch. He absolutely deserves the honor.