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The 2014 Oscar Nominees & Joshua’s Predictions

 

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Posted January 16, 2014 by

If you listen closely, you can hear all of Hollywood collectively yawn from having to shake loose from their slumbers at 5:30a.m. PT to hear the announcement of the 2014 Academy Award nominees. Motion Picture Arts and Science President Cheryl Boone Isaacs was joined by the ever charming Chris Hemsworth at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills to reveal the nominations. Now with the Oscar Nominees unveiled, and with last weekend’s Golden Globes as a potentially solid example of how the Oscars might play out, it’s time to get guessing. As film fans, it is our moral obligation to go out into the world and predict who will take home the gold before they take home the gold. To do otherwise would just leave us feeling empty inside. So, with that being said, below are listed all the nominees as well as my own personal predictions (where applicable). Disclaimer: The predictions listed below are solely the opinions of Joshua and do not reflect the opinions of any other contributor at The Nerdy Bomb.

 

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
AMERICAN HUSTLE
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
GRAVITY
HER
NEBRASKA
PHILOMENA
12 YEARS A SLAVE
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

PREDICTION: 12 Years A Slave easily gets my vote for Best Picture. While I do feel that Alfonso Cuarón deserves Best Director for his groundbreaking work on Gravity, there is no denying that 12 Years A Slave had a massive effect on me that I’ll likely not recover from for a while.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
AMY ADAMS in AMERICAN HUSTLE
CATE BLANCHETT in BLUE JASMINE
SANDRA BULLOCK in GRAVITY
JUDIE DENCH in PHILOMENA
MERYL STREEP in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

PREDICTION: Cate Blanchett gave her single best performance in Blue Jasmine, and that’s saying a lot. Every second she was on the screen, I was utterly transfixed. Emma Thompson seems like her only real competition. But, I’d still give it to Blanchett.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
CHRISTIAN BALE in AMERICAN HUSTLE
BRUCE DERN in NEBRASKA
LEONARDO DICAPRIO in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR in 12 YEARS A SLAVE
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

PREDICTION: If you had asked me for my prediction less than 24 hours before this article was posted, I would have said Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave. But, I very recently had the pleasure of watching Matthew McConaughey’s performance in Dallas Buyers Club. That Golden Globe win was completely earned. He was so convincing and so natural, I question if he was in the movie at all.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
BARKHAD ABDI in CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
BRADLEY COOPER in AMERICAN HUSTLE
MICHAEL FASSBENDER in 12 YEARS A SLAVE
JONAH HILL in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
JARED LETO in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

PREDICTION: Jared Leto returned to acting after a brief hiatus and gave quite possibly his best performance in Dallas Buyers Club. The risk in taking on a role that requires cross dressing is that if you aren’t convincing it can become distracting or even comical. Not only was Leto convincing, he was engaging, heart-breaking and extraordinary.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
SALLY HAWKINS in BLUE JASMINE
JENNIFER LAWRENCE in AMERICAN HUSTLE
LUPITA NYONG’O in 12YEARS A SLAVE
JULIA ROBERTS in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
JUNE SQUIBB in NEBRASKA

PREDICTION: Every single person on this planet loves Jennifer Lawrence and how precious she is. I’ll agree that she gave a very good performance in American Hustle. But, I honestly don’t feel that her performance earns any more than the nomination. Lupita Nyong’o gave an earth shattering, heart wrenching performance in 12 Years A Slave and I feel it’s being overshadowed by the extreme passion for all things Jennifer Lawrence.

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
DAVID O. RUSSELL for AMERICAN HUSTLE
ALFONSO CUARON for GRAVITY
ALEXANDER PAYNE for NEBRASKA
STEVE MCQUEEN for 12 YEARS A SLAVE
MARTIN SCORSESE for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

PREDICTION: Without a doubt this should go to Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity. The film is a prime example of masterful film making at it’s absolute finest. While Gravity may lose out in the Best Picture category, there’s no denying that the expert directing of Gravity may have very well changed the course of film for the better.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
AMERICAN HUSTLE
BLUE JASMINE
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
HER
NEBRASKA

PREDICTION: This is the category where I feel Spike Jonze best deserves some recognition for Her. The concept was both undeniably original and very well timed for this world of technology in which we live.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BEFORE MIDNIGHT
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
PHILOMENA
12 YEARS A SLAVE
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

PREDICTION: I am very happy to see that Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight got some recognition, but I still feel that 12 Years A Slave should take the award for adapted screenplay.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
THE CROODS
DESPICABLE ME 2
ERNEST & CELESTINE
FROZEN
THE WIND RISES

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
THE GREAT BEAUTY
THE HUNT
THE MISSING PICTURE
OMAR

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
PHILIPPE LE SOURD for THE GRANDMASTER
EMMANUEL LUBEZKI for GRAVITY
BRUNO DELBONNEL for INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
PHEDON PAPMICHAEL for NEBRASKA
ROGER A. DEAKINS for PRISONERS

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
JAY CASSIDY, CRISPIN STRUTHERS & ALAN BAUMGARTEN for AMERICAN HUSTLE
CHRISTOPHER ROUSE for CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
JOHN MAC MCMURPHY & MARTIN PENSA for DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
ALFONSO CUARON AND MARK SANGER for GRAVITY
JOE WALKER for 12 YEARS A SLAVE

PREDICTION: I’m actually very disappointed to see that Thelma Schoonmaker wasn’t nominated for her outstanding work on The Wolf of Wall Street. As an aspiring film editor, Thelma is a massive inspiration. Of the nominees, I would say that Alfonso Cuarón & Mark Sanger’s work on Gravity deserves the award.

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
AMERICAN HUSTLE
GRAVITY
THE GREAT GATSBY
HER
12 YEARS A SLAVE

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
MICHAEL WILKINSON for AMERICAN HUSTLE
WILLIAM CHANG SUK PINK for THE GRANDMASTER
CATHERINE MARTIN for THE GREAT GATSBY
MICHAEL O’CONNOR for THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
PATRICIA NORRIS for 12 YEARS A SLAVE

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP
ADRUITHA LEE & ROBIN MATHEWS for DALLAS BUYERS CLUB
STEPHEN PROUTY for JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA
JOEL HARLOW & GLORIA PASQUA-CASNY for THE LONE RANGER

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
JOHN WILLIAMS for THE BOOK THIEF
STEVEN PRICE for GRAVITY
WILLIAM BUTLER & OWEN PALLETT for HER
ALEXANDRE DESPLATE for PHILOMENA
THOMAS NEWMAN for SAVING MR. BANKS

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
ALONE YET NOT ALONE from ALONE YET NOT ALONE
HAPPY from DESPICABLE ME 2
LET IT GO from FROZEN
THE MOON SONG from HER
ORDINARY LOVE from MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
GRAVITY
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVID
LONE SURVIVOR

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
STEVE BEODDEKER & RICHARD HYMNS for ALL IS LOST
OLIVER TARNEY for CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
GLENN FREEMANTLE for GRAVITY
BRENT BURGE for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
WYLIE STATEMAN for LONE SURVIVOR

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
GRAVITY
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG
IRON MAN 3
THE LONE RANGER
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

PREDICTION: I doubt anyone will disagree that Gravity broke new ground in the visual effects department. It was a step forward and that deserves to be recognized.

BEST DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
THE ACT OF KILLING
CUTIE AND THE BOXER
DIRTY WARS
THE SQUARE
20 FEET FROM STARDOM

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
CAVEDIGGER
FACING FEAR
KARAMA HAS NO WALLS
THE LADY IN NUMBER 6: MUSIC SAVED MY LIFE
PRISON TERMINAL: THE LAST DAYS OF PRIVATE JACK HALL

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
FERAL
GET A HORSE!
MR. HUBLOT
POSSESSIONS
ROOM ON THE BROOM

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
THAT WASN’T ME
JUST BEFORE LOSING EVERYTHING
HELIUM
DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING?
THE VOORMAN PROBLEM

So, what are your feelings on the Oscar nominees and my personal predictions? Do you feel I was way off the mark with one of my guesses? Let me know in the comments and please, get passionate about it! The 86th Academy Awards will air March 2nd at 7p.m. ET/4p.m. PT on ABC.



Joshua Thomas

 
I'm an aspiring Film Editor with a mildly unhealthy obsession with all things movies and comics.


4 Comments


  1.  

    The ridiculous backlash against The Wolf of Wall Street has ruined its chance of winning, which is a shame because it was the best picture of the year. I was also pleased to see Nebraska make the cut, as that film has stuck with me.

    It’s a testament to the quality of performances in the Best Actor race that Tom Hanks didn’t make the cut. His role in Captain Phillips was, no surprise here, fantastic, with the final sequence as great as he’s ever been.

    I also highly recommend everyone clear out a day to watch The Act of Killing — you’ll need two hours for the movie and the rest of the day to recover.




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      What backlash?

      Also, DiCaprio never had a chance to win anyway, he doesn’t get Oscars. =P




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        There’s been a number of things being written about how the movie, Scorsese and DiCaprio glorify the character and his actions, making it appear that being an awful person to everyone is just complete and total fun. Anyone watching the movie (and paying attention) would see that they’re quite clear in showing how awful these people were/are.




  2.  
    Carol
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    I have yet to see several of the movies that are nominated but of the ones I have seen I have to agree with your predictions so far. That may change! MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY absolutely blew me away. I hope to see the rest very soon. I am also surprised Oprah and Robert Redford didn’t make the cut.





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