2014 Oscar Nominations Predictions

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Oscar nominations are announced tomorrow morning. Here’s the names I think we’ll be hearing. Keep in mind, this is not an indication of my “best of the year” list (I still have yet to see some of these movies) nor is it a list of winner predictions. That will come later. 

BEST PICTURE:  12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street, Captain Phillips, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis, Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena; Possible alternates: Her, Saving Mr. Banks, Blue Jasmine

Like last year, I see the Academy only going with 9 candidates this year when there could easily be the full 10. I predict Her and Saving Mr. Banks will be snubbed, but those are also the two I see having the best chance of proving me wrong. 

BEST DIRECTOR: Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), David O’Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorcese (Wolf of Wall Street), Alexander Payne {Nebraska); Possible alternates: Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Spike Jonze (Her), the Coen Bros. (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Again, Her has a chance of sneaking in there, but I see Jonze having a better shot at the original screenplay category than directing. Last year’s director noms were quite surprising, but the only surprise I’m predicting this year is Payne for Nebraska. If anyone has a shot of proving me wrong, it’s Greengrass and the Coens. 

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BEST ACTOR: Chewetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Robert Redford (All Is Lost); Possible alternates: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Joequin Phoenix (Her), Christian Bale (American Hustle), Forrest Whittacker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

By far the hardest category to call this year. It’s both frustrating and extremely exciting. So much talent this year boiled down to five nominees. Ejiofor, DiCaprio, McConaughey, Dern, and Redford are my five, and it was extremely difficult to leave Hanks out of the picture.

BEST ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Amy Adams (American Hustle), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks); Possible alternates: Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Lead actress is more solid than lead actor this year, with Streep being the only possible upset that I can see. But even that’s a long shot.

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street), Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips); Possible alternates: Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Will Forte (Nebraska), Collin Farrell (Saving Mr. Banks)

I don’t see my five being in jeopardy. Bruhl is only a possibility because of the Globe nom and Farrell is a personal favorite, likely not getting any recognition come tomorrow morning. 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), June Squibb (Philomena), Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street); Possible alternates: Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Okay, so Robbie is a HUGE dark horse but she was great in Wolf. I get one really big surprise, and that’s mine. 

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: 12 Years a Slave, Wolf of Wall Street, Captain Phillips, Philomena, Before Midnight; Possible alternates: August: Osage County, The Spectacular Now, 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Her, American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis; Possible alternates: Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity

Not a lot of room for error in the writing categories this year, but we’ll see if Dallas Buyers Club can possibly sneak in there.

Well, that does it. Did you think I was going to do every award? I took some chances with some picks but we’ll see if it paid off tomorrow morning.