Sunday, March 2

Oscar Predictions 2K14

Back by request, here are my oscar predictions!

This year, I'm only gonna pick 8 categories that I think are impossibly close and have those as my dark horse picks, instead of all 24. Still trying to beat my record from three years ago of 22 for 24.

This is by far the best oscar race in years, in at least over a decade. As opposed to other years, maybe only five or six categories are really definite. Everything from the best picture battle (Will it be a panic induced throttle into our future in space or a bleak look into a stain in our national past) to the best live short film (all nominees are completely different genres from all over the globe), will basically be up for grabs!

But in the end, I think Gravity will take home the most awards. It will win the technical categories easily, as well as pick up a much overdue Best Cinematography Oscar for Emmanuel Lubezki (Chivo) who has been nominated five times in the last 17 years, and was completely snubbed two years ago for "Tree of Life". Short of Scorcese and his editor Thelma Schoonmaker, Lubezki's collaboration with Alfonso Cuaron is my favorite duo in film and look for them to both take home the golden guy tonight.

But the race between 12 Years and Gravity will come down to Academy voters splitting their votes and giving 12 Years the big award and Best Director to Cuaron.

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
   Dark Horse: Gravity

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron 

Best Actor: Matthew McCanaughey
    Dark Horse: Leonardo Dicaprio

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett
    Dark Horse: Amy Adams

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o
     Dark Horse: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Original Screenplay: Her
     Dark Horse: American Hustle

Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki 

Best Production Design: Great Gatsby

Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom/
     Dark Horse: Act of Killing

Best Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6

Best Foreign Film: The Great Beauty

Best Animated Film: Frozen

Best Live Short Film: The Voorman Problem

Best Animated Short Film: Get a Horse

Best Editing: Captain Phillips
     Dark Horse: Gravity

Best Sound Mixing: Gravity

Best Sound Editing: Gravity

Best Costume: Great Gatsby
     Dark Horse: American Hustle

Best Hair/Make Up: Dallas Buyers Club

Best Original Score: Gravity

Best Original Song: "Let it Go"

Best Visual Effects: Gravity

-AM Film

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