Film, Oscars

Our Oscar Predictions: 2014

AGGGGGHHHHH. There’s just too much to do. We still haven’t even finished our Best of 2013 coverage (which I promise will come soon). I promised to do better this year and I still intend to follow through on that promise, even though it might take me a little longer than I hoped. That being said, something we can’t procrastinate any longer on is Oscar predictions. This Sunday night those little golden guys will find a home and it’s our job to tell you who will win. I’m not even certain why predicting the Oscars matters so much in the film community, but for some reason it does. Previously we’ve only done our predictions, but this year, I think I’m going to include my picks from film overall last year for who should win. Consider it a teaser for our Best Movies of 2013. – Nathan

(Just for your information, I didn’t see Gravity. Or Dallas Buyers’ Club.)

Picture:

Will win: 12 Years A Slave

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Should win: The Wolf of Wall Street (note: this doesn’t mean it was my favorite movie from last year. I’m not ready to make that call.)

https://i1.wp.com/www.chicagoreader.com/imager/b/original/11914547/7f99/The_Wolf_of_Wall_Street.JPG

Actor:

Will win: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers’ Club

https://i0.wp.com/www.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/2013728/rs_1024x759-130828140235-1024.dallas-buyers-club-mcconaughey.ls.82813_copy.jpg

Should win: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street (I’d also be fine with Chiwetel Ejofor. Other alternative nominees are Paul Rudd for Prince Avalanche, Toby Jones for Berberian Sound Studio, and Ty Hickson for Gimme the Loot)

https://i1.wp.com/media.salon.com/2014/01/wolf_wall_street2.jpg

Supporting Actor:

Will win: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers’ Club

https://i0.wp.com/graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/10/27/arts/27LETO1_SPAN/27LETO1_SPAN-articleLarge-v2.jpg

Should win: James Franco, Spring Breakers

https://i2.wp.com/cf.badassdigest.com/_uploads/images/29400/james_franco__span.jpg

Actress:

Will win: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

https://i1.wp.com/static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/audio/video/2013/8/15/1376564281820/Cate-Blanchett-in-Woody-A-014.jpg

Should win: Adele Exarchopolous, Blue is the Warmest Color (other alternative nominees: Olivia Wilde for Drinking Buddies, Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha, Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, Scarlett Johansson for Her.)

https://i0.wp.com/www.metro.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Still-4.jpg

Supporting Actress:

Will win: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave

https://i2.wp.com/cdn-s3.thewrap.com/images/2013/09/12_years_a_slave_featured1-618x400.jpg

Should win: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave

https://alecandnathan.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/fdf28-12-years-a-slave-movie2.jpg

Foreign Language Film:

Will win: The Great Beauty

http://www.trbimg.com/img-52c59573/turbine/chi-great-beauty-0103-20140102-001/1500/1500x998

Should win: Blue Is The Warmest Color

https://i0.wp.com/athenacinema.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Blue-Is-The-Warmest-Color-2.jpg

Makeup and Hairstyling:

Will win: Dallas Buyers Club

https://i0.wp.com/media.npr.org/assets/img/2013/10/31/dbc-fp-082213-0318_wide-523535abed8cb4ec007ca4a92f201b47002419d8-s6-c30.jpg

Should win: I don’t really have an opinion?

Score:

Will win: Gravity

https://i1.wp.com/static5.businessinsider.com/image/524de516eab8ea285d8b4573/sandra-bullocks-new-movie-gravity-is-an-extreme-4-d-thrill-ride.jpg

Should win: Spring Breakers or Berberian Sound Studio

https://i0.wp.com/cinema-scope.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Berberian-Sound-Studio.jpg

Original Song:

Will win: “Let It Go,” Frozen

https://i2.wp.com/media.jrn.com/images/660*350/34887121-mjs_film_review_frozen.jpg

Should win: “Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis

https://i1.wp.com/i.huffpost.com/gen/1483828/thumbs/o-PLEASE-MR-KENNEDY-facebook.jpg

Production Design:

Will win: The Great Gatsby

https://i2.wp.com/www.tcdailyplanet.net/sites/tcdailyplanet.net/files/imagecache/HugeColorbox/13/10/great_gatsby.jpg

Should win: Her

https://i2.wp.com/static.squarespace.com/static/51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de/t/52bde7b3e4b030336a4daa25/1388177333741/spike-jonzes-her-movie-review.jpg

Animated Short:

Will win: Get a Horse!

https://i1.wp.com/cdn2.www.babble.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Get-A-Horse-04.jpg

Should win: Blue Umbrella

https://i0.wp.com/www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/thumbnail_570x321/2013/05/blue_umbrella_h_2013.jpg

Animated Feature:

Will win: Frozen

https://alecandnathan.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/64fff-frozenmovie.jpg

Should win: I haven’t seen The Wind Rises yet, but I’m willing to put my money on it.

https://i1.wp.com/spinoff.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/wind-rises2.jpg

Cinematography:

Will win: Gravity

https://i0.wp.com/cdn.theatlantic.com/newsroom/img/posts/gravity_film_still_a_l.jpg

Should win: Leviathan or Spring Breakers (special achievement in cinematography: Computer Chess)

https://i2.wp.com/s3.amazonaws.com/auteurs_production/post_images/11703/Proue.jpg

Costume Design:

Will win: American Hustle

https://i1.wp.com/pop-verse.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/american-hustle.jpg

Should win: Her

https://i1.wp.com/www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/2014/01/her-fp-0835.jpg

Directing:

Will win: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

https://i2.wp.com/cdn-s3.thewrap.com/images/2013/11/steve_mcqueen_featured-618x400.jpg

Should win: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave (I also believe Alain Resnais deserves a nomination for You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet and Joshua Oppenheimer some kind of special award for The Act of Killing.)

Best Documentary Feature:

Will win: The Act of Killing

http://venturebeat.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/the-act-of-killing.jpg

Should win: The Act of Killing. The Act of Killing. The Act of Killing.

https://i1.wp.com/d1oi7t5trwfj5d.cloudfront.net/3e/7b/369f054e4742bc73a02e44cb4b37/the-act-of-killing.jpg

Best Documentary Short:

Will win: The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life

https://i0.wp.com/i1.ytimg.com/vi/8oxO3M6rAPw/maxresdefault.jpg

Should win: Didn’t see any.

Editing:

Will win: Gravity

https://i1.wp.com/www.btchflcks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Gravity-film-Sandra-Bullock.jpg

Should win: Blancanieves, because I’m a sucker for Soviet-style montage.

http://burrellosubmarinemovies.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/blancanieves-5.jpeg

Live-Action Short:

Will win: Helium

https://i2.wp.com/www.shortoftheweek.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/helium.jpg

Should win: Our Beautiful Mountain

https://i2.wp.com/static.squarespace.com/static/517bf6d5e4b0f470ac8c3e24/t/522616ffe4b02776042370f4/1378227969348/Our%20Beautiful%20Mountain%203.jpg

Sound Editing:

Will win: Gravity

http://jordanandeddie.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/gravity-end.jpg

Should win: Berberian Sound Studio

https://i2.wp.com/i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02261/Berberian-Sound-St_2261783b.jpg

Sound Mixing:

Will win: Gravity

https://i1.wp.com/static3.businessinsider.com/image/524de1c369beddba558b4573-960/gravity-sandra-bullock-george-clooney.jpg

Should win: Post Tenebras Lux

http://carloskaleidoscope.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/post-tenebras-lux-otras4.jpg

Visual Effects:

Will win: Gravity

https://i0.wp.com/cdn.clotureclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/sandra-bullock-in-gravity-movie-7.jpg

Should win: Pacific Rim

https://i2.wp.com/files.tested.com/photos/2013/07/10/50041-pacific-rim-141.jpg

Adapted Screenplay

Will win: 12 Years a Slave

https://i1.wp.com/kabooooom.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/123.jpg

Should win: Before Midnight

https://i1.wp.com/cornellsun.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/BeforeMidnight.jpg

Original Screenplay

Will win: Her

https://i2.wp.com/www.wired.com/images_blogs/design/2014/01/her-joaquin-phoenix-41.jpg

Should win: Her or Frances Ha

https://i1.wp.com/www.nerdist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Frances3.jpg

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