The time has finally come for the 2014 Academy Award. I give you the snubs, my predictions, and my opinions.
Snubs: Inside Llewyn Davis, Lone Survivor, Saving Mr. Banks, Rush
Will Win: 12 Years a Slave remains the frontrunner due to its subject matter. While critical appeal of films such as Gravity, American Hustle, and The Wolf of Wall Street could offer competition, nothing will offer adversity to Steve McQueen’s nightmarish vision of slavery.
Should Win: I won’t deny that American Hustle was my favorite film of 2013, but 12 Years a Slave was the best. The pure bravery of tackling such difficult subject matter will gain favor with Oscar voters.
Snubs: Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), The Coen Brothers (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Will Win: Alfonso Cuaron’s fantastic vision of space is easily the most impressive directorial effort of the year. Gravity will gather Oscar support due to its visual appeal.
Should Win: Steven McQueen’s effort isn’t the most fantastic in terms of huge sequences, but his effort is the best. 12 Years a Slave is heartbreaking, heart wrenching, brutal, hopeful, and beautiful. What more could a movie have?
Snubs: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Will Win: It’s a tough call, but at this point in the season it seems that Matthew McConaughay will triumph. With the added support of the Golden Globes, McConaughay seems to be the most likely contestant.
Should Win: Chiwetel Ejiofer’s performance might not have been the flashiest, it was the deepest and most beautiful. That being said, no one was more entertaining this year than Christian Bale.
Snubs: Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)
Will Win: Cate Blanchette will win. There is no competition.
Should Win: A true testament of an actor is when they can blend comedy and drama effortlessly. Amy Adams did this in American Hustle, therefore she deserves the Oscar.
Best Supporting Actor
Snubs: Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Jeremy Renner (American Hustle), George Clooney (Gravity)
Will Win: Jared Leto’s performance required a massive transformation, which will gain it favor from Oscar voters.
Should Win: Michael Fassbender delivered a devilish performance with more depth than any other performer this year. Unforgivable, unflinching, and unforgettable, Fassbender truly deserves the award.
Best Supporting Actress
Snubs: Carrey Mulligan (Inside Llewyn Davis), Alexandra Maria Lane (Rush)
Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence has swept all of the proceeding award shows, making her an obvious choice for the win.
Should Win: Lupita Nyong’o delivered a heart wrenching performance, but Jennifer Lawrence was too entertaining to be denied the award.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Snubs: Peter Berg (Lone Survivor)
Will Win: It seems to be a tie between the traditionally beautiful 12 Years a Slave and the modernized The Wolf of Wall Street. 12 Years a Slave will ultimately win.
Should Win: While 12 Years a Slave captured the brutality of its situation, Captain Phillips captured the humanity, with truly fantastic characters and a 15 minute finale that is easily the most riveting film of the year.
Best Original Screenplay
Snubs: The Coen Brothers (Inside Llewyn Davis), Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg (The World’s End)
Will Win: Spike Jonze’s unique love story in Her is both artsy and deep enough to take home the Oscar gold.
Should Win: Once again, American Hustle was both dramatic and comedic enough to be engaging throughout its runtime, and its script was great enough to justify its performance.
Those where my thoughts on the Oscar nominations. Do you agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments below.